Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) is a lifelong condition which affects the social and communication centre of the brain. Autism affects the way an individual relates to people, situations and the immediate environment.
Many individuals with ASC have difficulty processing everyday sensory information. They can experience hyper (over) and hypo (under) sensitivity to sight, smells, touch, tastes and sounds. There is no known cure, but there are many ways to help.
The term Autism Spectrum Condition is used because Autism varies from person to person. Around 25% of people with ASC will have an accompanying learning disability. Many individuals with ASC will have average or above average intelligence, they are likely to be diagnosed with ASC, high functioning Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.
Regardless of an individual’s level of functioning, individuals with an ASC could have problems in the areas of social communication, social skills and social imagination.
ASC affects more males than females and it is estimated that one person in every hundred has an ASC. Many more individuals are now receiving diagnosis in their adult life. There is no known cure, but with appropriate education and support people with an ASC can be helped to live their lives with as much dignity and independence as possible.