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.

It is a spectrum condition, which means that while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect each of them in different ways.  Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support.  People with autism may also experience over-or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light and  colours.

Autism currently affects 1 in 100 people in the UK.

There are around 100,000 children with autism in the UK, with around half a million family members directly affected by the condition.

Early intervention, education and support are critical in enabling children and young people with autism to lead fulfilling lives.

12 thoughts on “Autism

  1. Christine says:

    Iris is an incredible young girl. What a gift she has that she is able to share with the world. I am in love with her paintings. The next time I find myself in Europe (I’m from Canada), I will make a point to try and purchase one of her lovely creations! Painting a Lullaby, Tumpty Tum, and Octavia are my favorites thus far 🙂

    • Charlotte says:

      I am 10 years old and a big fan of Iris and her paintings. Her parents are so lucky to have her and her little cat.

  2. Jano says:

    ..judging from Iris’s work I see Autism is, in a way, a real gift.. she may be closer to The Power which we are seem to be forgetting about at all.
    Good luck.

  3. Silvina says:

    Maybe Iris perceives the world from a spiritual dimension we forgot that exists; and she lives more in there than here. She is totally pure and reminds us of the purity inside of us. Every stroke touches us deeply inside.

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