What is Autism?

autism-ribbonAutism affects 1 in 100 – which is roughly 70,000 people in the North West of England.

Autism affects people of all racial, ethnic and social backgrounds, it has no barriers.

Autism is a lifelong developmental condition; it can be seen as a hidden disability.

There is no cure for Autism, but it is imperative people get the correct education and support.

Autism is a vast spectrum affecting people differently with different challenges, some have learning difficulties, with little or no language. Some having sensory issues, others find social situations stressful and find it hard to make new friends. They are often very vulnerable.

No two people with autism are the same, but the same theme can appear time and time again attempting to get the:

  • Correct diagnosis
  • Appropriate education
  • Access to health care
  • Person centred social care
  • Obtaining employment
  • Social acceptance

When your child becomes an adult, what happens?

Are they magically cured? Do they disappear? Fall of the edge of the world? No!!

The reality is it becomes a whole different ball game, encountering new and unacceptable rules. The situation is dire!! Despite the Autism Act and subsequent white papers, Autistic Adults face:

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  • 40% of adults live with their parent
  • 60% of adults rely on their families for financial support
  • 70% of adults feel they don’t get enough support from social services which increases isolation
  • 1 in 3 adults suffer severe mental health issues, linked to isolation
  • 26% of graduates are unemployed the highest rate of any disability group
  • Only around 15% of adults are in paid employment
  • 79% of people who are on out-of-work benefits want to work
  • Only around 10% of adults in work are given employment support although 53% feel they need it

This is why we have set up Stepping Stones Across the Spectrum, we are creating opportunities for Autistic Adults, because Every Autistic Child becomes an Autistic Adult.