Next Week Is World Autism Awareness Week

 

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People all over the world will be helping to raise awareness of Autism. In schools, in communities, in workplaces and by raising money for research etc.

How much do you know about Autism?

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.

We’ve put a short list below of some of the little known facts regarding Autism.

Autism is much more common than you might think. There are around 700,000 people in the UK living with autism – that’s more than 1 in 100.

People from all nationalities and cultural, religious and social backgrounds can be autistic, although it seems to affect more men than women.

Some autistic people say the world feels overwhelming and this can cause them considerable anxiety.

Autistic people often have difficulty ‘reading’ other people – recognising or understanding others’ feelings and intentions – and expressing their own emotions. This can make it very hard for them to navigate the social world.

Autistic people have difficulties with interpreting both verbal and non-verbal language like gestures or tone of voice. Many have a very literal understanding of language, and think people always mean exactly what they say.

Better understanding will mean autistic people are better able to lead the lives they choose.

Please help raise awareness – even something as small as changing your profile picture on social media or putting out a tweet about it will help.

#WorldAutismAwarenessWeek

 

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