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Autism Helpline

For impartial, confidential advice and support on autism for anyone affected by, or researching autism.

Umbrella org:
National Autistic Society
Area serviced:
Nationwide
Telephone:
Helpline: 0808 800 4104 (10.00am till 4.00pm Monday to Friday)
Sector:
Public

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Subject Definitions

Autism is a lifelong developmental disorder that affects the way a person communicates and relates to people around them. In the great majority of cases, autistic disorders are present from birth or become apparent within the first three years of life. People with typical autism have no interest in social interaction, little or no language, and tend to live in their own world. Asperger's syndrome often applies to those who are more able, who have better language development, and who have more social contact. Asperger's syndrome may first come to notice in adult life.