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World Autism Awareness Day 2014

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World Autism Awareness Day is on 2 April 2014 and according to the National Autistic Society about one in 100 people in the UK (more than 700,000 people) have autism so there is a good chance that we all know somebody who has this condition.

But what is autism?

Autism is a lifelong condition that affects the way that people see the world around them and can also affect the way that they build relationships with others. It’s not always obvious that somebody is autistic and so it is often referred to as a hidden disability.

Autism is a spectrum condition, this means that although you may have been diagnosed with the condition, every individual will be affected in different ways. There are some with the condition who may need a lifetime of specialist support, whilst others are able to live independently.

People with autism can find the world a very confusing place which can lead to anxiety and possibly isolation. There is no cure for autism, but with the right support the lives of people who are on the autistic spectrum can be greatly improved.

It is suggested by the National Autistic Society that nearly two thirds of adults with autism in England do not receive the support that they need and at least one in three adults with autism are suffering severe mental health difficulties due to a lack of support.

Bromford works with a variety of vulnerable people to help them towards independence. Matt has Asperger’s and was quite isolated in his flat until Bromford helped him to get out more with activities including organised walks. Meeting new people has helped his confidence to grow and he is now enjoying socialising and volunteering.

Here is Matt's story...

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