Do we really know what autism is?

04 Jun 2024

Published in: Member News

Do you have a deep understanding of neurodiversity in the workplace. Are you aware of ADHD or Autism? Read more below.

People with autism have particularly low employment rates – with fewer than three in 10 in work – but the Buckland Review of Autism Employment, supported by charity Autistica and the Department for Work and Pensions ( DWP ), is aiming to change that.

Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a complex neurodevelopmental condition characterised by challenges in social interaction, communication, and restricted or repetitive behaviours. It is considered a “spectrum” disorder because it encompasses a wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of disability, with each individual experiencing autism uniquely.

Some common traits of autism include difficulties in understanding and expressing emotions, challenges in forming and maintaining relationships, sensory sensitivities (such as to light, sound, or touch), and engaging in repetitive behaviours or having intense interests in specific topics. However, it’s important to recognise that the manifestation and severity of these traits can vary greatly from person to person.

While the exact causes of autism are still being researched, it is believed to involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Early diagnosis and intervention can significantly improve outcomes for individuals with autism, helping them develop essential skills and navigate the world more effectively.

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