About autism

Autism is a spectrum condition which means that each person is affected differently and needs different levels of support. 

Some autistic people have learning disabillities, whereas others have average or above average intelligence.  

  • Over 700,000 people or 1 in 100 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum
  • This may result in difficulties or difference in communication, social interaction, thinking and sensitivity of the senses
  • The causes of autism are unknown
  • There may be some genetic links
  • It is more commonly diagnosed in men rather than women
  • Specialist, tailored support may help with some of the challenges that can be experienced by a person on the autism spectrum
  • It is a lifelong condition and cannot be cured
  • Autistic people can continue to learn throughout their lives with many living independently

By taking part in Walk for Autism, you will help us break down the barriers that keep people excluded and provide the best opportunities for autistic people to engage and participate in the world around them.

Together We Will Change Lives One Step at a Time

Fast Facts

Fact 1:

Over 700,000 people or 1 in 100 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum.

Fact 2:

Autism affects the way a person communicates and interacts with other people and his or her environment.

Fact 3:

Autism is a lifelong condition and there is no cure.

Fact 4:

Autistic people can learn and develop throughout their lives and many people can live independently.