Autism is a lifelong developmental condition, sometimes referred to as Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC). Many people with ASC will share some difficulties but it will affect them in different ways. Asperger syndrome is a form of autism.
Some people with ASC 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
• You can use the e-learning module Introduction to Autism to find out more about Autism and Asperger Syndrome.
ASC 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 can refer you to the free Hampshire Diagnostic Service.
For local groups and activities, look in our Community
Morrison's have 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.
See the information in our Protecting adults at risk section.
Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board (HSAB) has a website. This has useful information for people who may experience or be at risk of experiencing abuse, their families and carers. This includes resources and guidance about staying safe and mate crime.
A hate crime is when someone commits a crime against you because of your disability, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, religion, or any other perceived difference. Mate crime is the exploitation, abuse or theft from any vulnerable person by those they consider to be their friends. Those that commit such abuse or theft are often referred to as 'fake friends'. Mate crime is most prevalent when the victim has a mental disability and is especially common when that disability is Autism or Asperger’s.
Look in our Community directory for local support and activities. You can search under 'Specific needs' and then 'Autism/Asperger syndrome' for activities specifically for people with autism.
They provide the Local Autism Directory. This has local services including support groups, advocacy groups and social and leisure activities
The Hampshire Autism Partnership Board (HAPB)
The HAPB was set up in 2010, in response to the Government’s National Autism Strategy. Its role is to address the issues specific to autism in Hampshire. Fifty per cent of people with autism also
Hampshire County Council
Services for children and adults have different approaches and criteria. This is because of the different needs and the different social and legal expectations.
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