Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC)
Autism is a lifelong developmental condition. It is part of the autism spectrum and is sometimes referred to as an autism spectrum disorder, or an ASD.
The word 'spectrum' is used because the condition will affect people in very different ways. Some people are able to live relatively independent lives; others will require a lifetime of specialist support.
There are four main areas of life in which people with autism may experience challenges:
- Social communication
- Social interaction
- Sensory sensitivity (heightened or suppressed)
There are currently over half a million people in the UK with autism - that's around 1 in 100 people.
Services for those with ASC
If you think you may be affected by autism then we recommend that you discuss this with your GP who may be able to complete a diagnosis and refer you to a specialist Autism team if appropriate.
Dorset Adult Aspergers Support (DAAS) (opens in a new window) offers support to those with Asperger's Syndrome
You might it helpful to look at the Autism Act 2009 (opens in a new window) and the National Strategy for Adults with Autism in England (opens in a new window) which was published in March 2010.
As part of our work implementing the national strategy, we are working in partnership with NHS Dorset and other key organisations and have developed a Pan Dorset Strategy (pdf, 359kb) (opens in a new window) for adults with autism (including Bournemouth and Poole). This Strategy was launched by all the partner organisations in June 2012. Work to achieve the actions in the implementation plan is being reviewed regularly by the Pan Dorset ASC Partnership Board, which meets four times a year. Papers from the Board are available on the NHS ASC web pages (opens in a new window) .