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Autism

world-autism-awareness-day-Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.

Autism is much more common than many people think, with over half a million people in the UK having the condition. If you include their families, autism touches the lives of over two million people every day.

But for all the people it affects, a lot of myths still surround the condition. These misconceptions can have a damaging effect on the lives of people living with autism, making it more difficult to have their condition recognised and to access the support they need.(The National Autistic Society)

In the video below, 13-year-old Rosie takes us into her world to explain what it’s like to grow up with autism. She also¬†introduces other children who have the condition: Tony, who gets totally obsessed with things but struggles to make friends, Ben, who has suffered from terrible bullying, and Rosie’s own little brother Lenny, who turns the house upside-down daily to try and make sense of things.

These children tell their own stories in their own words to give a vivid and moving insight into what it’s like to be autistic.

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This entry was posted on 02/04/2013 by in Education, Emotions, Listening, Social Issues.
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