In the UK, it is thought that nearly 700,000 people are on the autistic spectrum. Autism is a developmental disability that affects certain aspects of a person’s behaviour, such as their ability to interact with others. Because autism works on a spectrum, every person can be affected in a different way, with differing severity.
Autism is often misunderstood. It is considered a hidden disability, meaning that no one can tell by looking and according to the National Autistic Society, while 99.5% of the UK public have heard of autism, only 16% of autistic people and their families believe people understand how autism can affect behaviour.
Communication difficulties – Autistic people may find communicating and interacting with other people difficult. Interpreting what is said and how, can be challenging. Autistic people tend to take things literally, meaning tone of voice, sarcasm and...