Information for people with Autism
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental condition which affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour.
Autism is a spectrum disorder, where by people with autism share certain difficulties, but their condition will affect them in different ways.
Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.
Some people with autism grow up without their condition being recognised. However, it is never too late to be diagnosed and a diagnosis can make it easier to access a range of local support services. The first steps can be made by contacting your GP or First Point of Contact.
If you have Autism, The Mental Capacity Act protects your right to make your own decisions wherever possible. When you need assistance, the Act says the people helping you, must involve you as much as possible and protect your rights.
NHS Choices and Patient can provide you with national information about Autism, while the Shropshire Adult Autism Strategy has been developed to show how we plan to support those with Autism within Shropshire.
There are various organisations within Shropshire providing information and support while encouraging you to be independent within your community. Please see the links below;