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About autism

Around 700,000 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum. Together with their families they make up around 2.8 million people whose lives are touched by autism every single day.

Find out about diagnosing autism (including Asperger syndrome), and the impact on people and their families, and find advice and support on all aspects of life with autism.

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Everything you need to know

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What is autism?

Definitions, research, gender issues, broaching the subject and related conditions.

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All about diagnosis

Advice on getting a diagnosis and what it means, and about the professionals you'll meet along the way.

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Benefits and care

If you're autistic or you care for someone who is, you may be entitled to support and services.
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Practical information and tips on challenging behaviour and how you can develop ways of dealing with it.

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Tips for parents, autistic adolescents and adults on communication, social skills, social isolation and sex education.

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Your health

From doctor's visits to mental health, find advice about your own and your child's health.

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Strategies and approaches

Approaches such as SPELL, TEACCH, visual supports and Social StoriesTM can help overcome difficulties.

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Family life

Advice for family members on holidays and dealing with attending the doctor or dentist and more.

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In education

Find information and advice about all stages of education for autistic children and young people.
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Adult life

Help with transition to adulthood, dealing with the world of work, ageing with autism, and managing money.

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Autism strategy (England)

As a result of our campaigning work, recognition and support for autistic people in England has passed into law.

Autism Helpline Number: 0808 800 4104
Last updated: 19/04/2016 16:35:16