Autism is a lifelong developmental condition, sometimes referred to as Autistic Spectrum Disorder(ASD). Many autistic people will share some difficulties but it will affect them in different ways.
Asperger syndrome is a diagnosis previously given to certain autistic people. Autism Spectrum Disorder is now the most commonly given diagnosis.
Some people with ASD may also have other conditions This may include a learning disability or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
• You can find detailed information about autism on
• Autism Hampshire has an Autism e-learning course aimed at everyone coming into regular contact with people on the spectrum and their families and it takes approximately 1 hour to complete.
ASD will affect people in different ways. But people with autism share four main areas of difficulty:
A diagnosis is the formal identification of autism. This will be by a health professional such as a paediatrician or psychiatrist. Having a diagnosis is helpful for two reasons:
You can find out more about diagnosis on the NHS website.
Your GP, Community Mental Health Team or Adult Social Care department can refer you to the free Hampshire Autism Service for diagnosis and support:
For local groups and activities, look in our Community
Morrisons has introduced a 'Quieter Hour' in all their stores every Saturday for those who struggle with music and other noise. The National Autistic Society are encouraging other retailers and businesses to introduce a quiet hour.
The National Autistic Society offers specific advice on how to make leisure activities more accessible for autistic people.
Sunflower lanyard - assistance for people with hidden disabilities
A sunflower lanyard was introduced at major UK airports in 2018 in order to allow passengers with hidden disabilities to indicate discreetly to staff that they may need additional support or help. The use of the lanyard has now spread and is now available from a number of transport providers. You can pick up a free lanyard at Tesco or M&S.
Hampshire Autism Voice
Hampshire Autism Voice (HAV) is the parent, carers and autistic persons' group established within the Hampshire Autism Partnership Board (HAPB). The HAPB links closely to the work of the Hampshire Learning Disability Partnership Board.
To find out about children's support services please visit the Hampshire Local
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