The Autism Toolbox: Resources to aid your understanding of autism

Welcome to the Autism Toolbox. This "Toolbox" brings together advice, local support, services, activities and resources relating to autism. The name toolbox has been chosen to reflect that anyone, with or without an autism diagnosis, parents and professionals can make use of this information which covers various topics.

This section is the latest section which pulls together resources from within the toolbox along with a few extras that can help aid your understanding of autism. The content is this section has been considered particularly useful, especially if you're looking to learn more about autism.

Need to increase the text size or change the background colour? This can be done on the accessibility page. This page can also be read aloud and translated using Browsealoud. To do so, start by clicking the orange speaker icon. 

What is Autism?

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability. It’s not an illness or disease. Autism means your brain works in a different way from other people and affects communication, social interaction and behaviours, such as repetitive behaviours and activities.

You'll hear the phrase "spectrum" used quite a lot, as in Autistic Spectrum Disorder or ASD. Some prefer the term Autism Spectrum Condition, ASC, or just Autism). This means that while autistic people share certain difficulties, autism affects people differently Some autistic people need little or no support. Others may need help from a parent or carer every day. Simply put, like everyone else, autistic people have things they're good and things they might struggle with. Ambitious About Autism in their Right from the start toolkit highlight that autism shouldn't be viewed as a sliding scale ranging from not very autistic to very autistic, but rather as “a colour wheel, where characteristics like motor skills and language blend together like the colours of a rainbow”.

 

What is Asperger syndrome?

The NHS say Asperger's, or Asperger syndrome, is used by some people to describe autistic people with average or above-average intelligence. Some people call this "high-functioning" autism. Today, Doctors do not diagnose people with Asperger's anymore.

 

Links 

Autism facts and history

Facts and statistics about autism from the National Autistic Society (NAS).

Myths about autism

The biggest myths around Autism dispelled by Ambitious About Autism.

What is autism (NHS)

Information about autism from the NHS.

Other conditions that affect autistic people