World Autism Acceptance Week 28 March – 3 April
World Autism Acceptance Week is between 28 March and 3 April 2022. It was set up by the National Autistic Society and this year the society celebrates its 60th birthday.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. One in 100 people are on the autism spectrum and there are around 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK.
The National Autistic Society website has a large amount of information abut autism and information on what it is like to live with autism. Autism affects people for a lifetime and can affect how people communicate and interact with the world. It is a spectrum disorder and can affect people to varying degrees and in different ways.
Autistic people may.
- Struggle with social communication and social interaction – from having limited speech or not being able to speak to not understanding sarcasm. Autistic people may have difficulties ‘reading’ other people.
- Engage in repetitive and restrictive behaviour – because the world can seem an unpredictable place Autistic people can prefer to have their own routines for doing things. Changes in routine can be distressing.
- Find themselves over or under sensitive to light, sound, taste or touch.
- Have highly focussed interests or hobbies. Autistic people may gain a huge amount of pleasure from these interests, but it may mean they neglect other areas of their lives.
- Experience high anxiety when faced with change.
- Experience meltdowns and shutdowns – when everything becomes too much for an autistic person, they can have a meltdown or shut down. These experiences can be very intense and tiring.
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