What is Autism?
There are 700,000 people on the autism spectrum in the UK. So when taking into account their families, this is a total of 2.8 million people who are living with autism.
It's a lifelong developmental condition that affects how a person communicates and relates to other people and the world around them. It's a spectrum condition which means that whilst all people with autism share certain areas of difficulty, their condition will affect them in different ways.
Where can I get help?
The National Autistic Society (NAS) is the UK’s leading autism charity, and provide a range of services to people who are living with autism themselves or who have a family member who has the condition. This includes their national helpline and parent-to-parent support service. You can also benefit from becoming a NAS member and from their range of publications, bringing you the most up-to-date information to support you and your family.
The NAS Autism Helpline provides confidential expert advice and support on autism for autistic people, their families and friends.
- Telephone: 0808 800 4104
- Helpline opening hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm, Friday 9am-3pm (excluding Bank holidays)
The NAS website also includes the Autism Services Directory where you search by keyword or map for services local to you.
We understand that for some, living with autism can lead to wider issues around wellbeing and mental health. Whilst we are not the experts on Autism, our Wellbeing Service advisors can offer a supportive conversation, listening and helping you to work out what's making you struggle and suggesting options for support. Click here for more information.