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Autism is a lifelong developmental condition which impacts on individuals in different ways. Autism affects the way a person relates to other people.
People with Autism Spectrum Disorder may require a high level of specialist support whilst others are more able to function independently. However they too can experience significant social difficulties, feel isolated and can experience anxiety and depression.
Many famous scientists, writers, philosophers, musicians and artists are thought to have had a mild form of autism called Asperger syndrome.
Around 1% of the population is reported to have autism.
You can also refer to Scottish Autism's What is autismlink.