Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them. Autism is a spectrum condition, meaning that some people are affected more significantly than others. Autism is sometimes called Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC).
- All autistic people share certain difficulties, for example Autistic people may see, hear and feel the world differently to other people but being autistic will affect individuals in different ways.
- Some autistic people also have learning disabilities, mental health issues or other conditions, meaning people require different levels of support.
- All people on the autism spectrum learn and develop. With the right sort of support, all can be helped to live a more fulfilling life of their own choosing.
The National Autistic Society (NAS) Croydon Branch Parent Group aims to reduce some of the isolation felt by those who have received a diagnosis or are waiting to receive a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder for a family member.
• Monthly coffee mornings;
• Advice and information;
• The opportunity to meet other parents and carers in similar circumstances;
• A friendly and supportive environment.
They run an evening social group once a month for parents and carers to meet up in a relaxed and informal setting.
How to get in touch:
• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find more information on The National Autistic Society website (external link).
• Information, support and advice In Croydon, there are different organisations that can offer impartial help that is reliable and useful. You can find details of organisations in the Local Offer directory, within the information, guidance, advocacy and support section.