Autism is a developmental condition that can make social interaction and communication difficult, with repetitive or rigid behaviours.
People with autism may also have sensory difficulties which means that they can be over or under sensitive to sight, sound, smell, touch or taste.
Speak to your doctor. A diagnosis can only be made by a trained health professional such as a community paediatrician, psychologist or psychiatrist through history taking, observation or specific assessment tools.
We can give you advice and suggest local groups and organisations who could help you.
Living with autism can bring challenges in everyday living. A big challenge can be dealing with people who don’t fully understand the way we communicate.
There are a range of tools that are available to help autistic people to communicate their needs clearly and quickly.
- A mini-information pack, designed for adults, for situations when communication may be difficult.
- Features a key facts leaflet about autism and a credit card style insert for emergency contacts.
- It costs £2.50.
Visit National Autistic Society website
- A free credit card sized card as a way of boosting confidence and giving peace of mind in emergency situations.
- You'll need to give proof of your diagnosis when applying for the card.
Visit Autism Anglia website
- Backed by Herts Police, a scheme to keep safe and get help in an emergency when out and about in Hertfordshire.
- Shops, businesses and public services in the scheme agree to support people by providing them with a place to make a phone call to speak to a parent, support worker or contact the emergency services.
- This could be for any reason from feeling threatened or being lost, to having witnessed a car accident or any other emergency incident.
Visit Herts Police website
Find local organisations that could offer the help you need.
You can also get help and advice by contacting an independent free advice service, HertsHelp.