Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong condition that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people. It also affects how a person makes sense of the world around them.
Autism is known as a spectrum condition both because of the range of difficulties that affect adults with autism and the way that these present in different people. This means that while some people can lead relatively independent lives, others will require significant support.
People with autism have a wide spectrum of needs and, therefore, no two people are the same. Often people with autism have difficulty
- understanding verbal and non-verbal communication, such as gestures, facial expressions and tone of voice
- recognising and understanding other people's feelings and manaing their own
- understanding and predicting other people's intentions and bahaviour and coping with new or unfamiliar situations.
Many people with autism may experience sensory sensitivity or under-sensitivity to certain sounds, tastes, smells, colours or touch. Many people can also have other consitions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a learning disability, dyspraxia, dysphasia and difficulties undertsanding the spoken word.
There are also a number of organisations that you can access for information, advice and support
The National Autistic Society
The National Autistic Society is a UK charity that provides information, advice and support to people with autism.
They also offer a free to call from your land line Autism help line which operates Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm, and 9am to 3pm on Fridays
Tel: 0808 800 104
Text: 07903 200 200
Minicom service: 0845 070 4003
The National Autistic Society Hull and East Riding Branch
The National Autistic Society also has a local point of contact for you if you live in Hull or the East Riding. They are able to offer support to people with Autism or Asperger syndrome.
Alternatively you can telephone them on 07917 040 380 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are on the Autism spectrum and wish to make friends and connect with other people then you may want to check out the Spectrum Singles website. It is a dating and social media website created by people on the autism spectrum for people on the autism spectrum.
Early bird is a three month parent support programme for the families of pre-school children with a diagnosis on the autistic spectrum. The programme uses a combination of weekly group training sessions and home visits with video feedback. If you are interested in talking to somebody about this provision contact:
City Psychological Service
Hull City Council
Tel: 01482 612 158
Asperger syndrome is often referred to as a higher function presentation of ASD, although now it has been recognised as a diagnosis in its own right.
People with Asperger syndrome are often assessed as having average or above average intelligence.
They do not usually have a learning disability, although they can experience some learning difficulties. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.
The following organisations also provide lots of useful information, advice aand support to people with autism and asperger syndrome
Autism Plus is a charity that supports adults and young people with autism, learning disabilities and mental health conditions across Yorkshire and Humber.
Case is a local charity which provides training, support and employment opportunities to people with a learning disability. They are based at
60 Charles Street
Or you can telephone then on 01482 320 200 or email them at email@example.com
Danny's Dream is a local organisation that offers support to children and adults at home and in the community.
Alternatively you can telephone them on 01482 313 883 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
FiND is a local organisation that offers holiday clubs and activities for people with a learning disability
Or you can telephone them on 01482 870 785 or email them at email@example.com
Provides a unique support service for people aged 16 and above with asperger syndrome and high functioning autism in Hull and East Riding.
Tel. 01482 221 028