Autism is a lifelong neurodevelopment condition which affects how people interact with the world. There are around 700,000 people in the UK with a diagnosis of autism. But many cases have not yet been diagnosed or even discovered. Autism is a spectrum characterised by a broad set of conditions - including challenges with socialising, repetitive behaviour, sensory issues and speech difficulties. Autistic people often display great attention to detail, strong focus skills, creativity, and visual learning skills.
Autistic individuals have varying support needs, some require full-time care support. We focus on those with less obvious support needs. Their perceived ableness leaves them grossly underserved by public and healthcare services. In addition, outdated stereotypes and misleading media depictions leave many individuals feeling isolated and misunderstood.
Young adults are faced with many changes and the challenge of forming their identity within social groups. There is an increasing sense of otherness and anxiety at this age. Most don’t feel prepared for adulthood - they are 10x times more likely to drop out of university; and shockingly only 22% of autistic individuals are in full-time employment.