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World Autism Acceptance Week

Autistic people may act in a different way to other people


Autistic people may:


  • find it hard to communicate and interact with other people
  • find it hard to understand how other people think or feel
  • find things like bright lights or loud noises overwhelming, stressful or uncomfortable
  • get anxious or upset about unfamiliar situations and social events
  • take longer to understand information
  • do or think the same things over and over


Autism is not an illness


Being autistic does not mean you have an illness or disease. It means your brain works in a different way from other people.


It's something you're born with. Signs of autism might be noticed when you're very young, or not until you're older.


If you're autistic, you're autistic your whole life.


Autism is not a medical condition with treatments or a "cure". But some people need support to help them with certain things.


Autistic people can live a full life


Being autistic does not have to stop you having a good life.


Like everyone, autistic people have things they're good at as well as things they struggle with.


Being autistic does not mean you can never make friends, have relationships or get a job. But you might need extra help with these things.


Autism is different for everyone


Autism is a spectrum. This means everybody with autism is different.


Some autistic people need little or no support. Others may need help from a parent or carer every day.


Some people use other names for autism


There are other names for autism used by some people, such as:


  • autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the medical name for autism
  • Asperger's (or Asperger syndrome) is used by some people to describe autistic people with average or above average intelligence


It's not clear what causes autism


Nobody knows what causes autism, or if it has a cause.


It can affect people in the same family. So it may sometimes be passed on to a child by their parents.


Autism is not caused by:


  • bad parenting
  • vaccines, such as the MMR vaccine
  • diet
  • an infection you can spread to other people


Autistic people can have any level of intelligence


Some autistic people have average or above average intelligence.


Some autistic people have a learning disability. This means they may find it hard to look after themselves and need help with daily life.


Autistic people may have other conditions


Autistic people often have other conditions, such as:


  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • dyslexia
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • epilepsy

This book is about an amazing little boy named Jacob and his journey with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Jacob shares how he turns his autism into his superpower.