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About Autism

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. Some people with autism may also have a learning difficulty or mental health problem.

People with autism share certain difficulties, but the way their condition will affect them can be different for each individual. Some people with autism live fairly independent lives but others may have additional needs that require a lifetime of specialist support.

Autistic people have said that the world, to them, is a mass of people, places and events which they struggle to make sense of, and which can cause them considerable anxiety. In particular, understanding and relating to other people, and taking part in everyday family and social life may be harder for them.

One of the best known forms of autism is Asperger syndrome. People with the condition are often of average or above-average intelligence. They have fewer speech problems than people with other types of autism, but may find it difficult to understand and process language.

Too Much Information

Most people have a filter between themselves and the world, one that allows them to choose what sound to listen to, or which person to look at. Some autistic people don’t.

The Too Much Information campaign shows the consequences of removing that filter, in some cases simulating what it’s like to be hit by a sudden, overwhelming amount of information.

By helping the public understand how autistic people experience the world, it is hoped to change their perceptions and behaviour towards autistic people and those who look after them.

The campaign was launched in April 2016 with the film, 'Can you make it to the end?', that helps the public to see autism through the eyes of an autistic person.

Further Information

For more information on autism; visit the National Autistic Society website where there is information on a range of topics including All About Diagnosis, Understanding Behaviour, and Strategies and Approaches. Some useful information leaflets on advice after an autism diagnosis are also available.

The NHS website also has information that you may find useful and you can watch videos of people with autism sharing their experiences. There is a Parent’s Guide to autism that you may find helpful and listen to Daniel and his family talk about how his autism has been helped by cycling.

Last reviewed: 23/07/2017

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