The world needs people who think differently. In a world where everyone thinks the same, nothing would ever change.

About Autism

Autism is part of everyday life. Yet even though 1 in 100 people in Scotland are autistic, it’s often misunderstood.

Autism is a neurological difference; put simply, autistic brains work differently to non-autistic brains. They see and experience the world differently to non-autistic people. It’s important that we all understand more about autism – both what it is, and what it is not.

You can’t tell if someone is autistic by looking at them.

Autism is often an invisible difference found in all races, genders and age groups.

Fact v Fiction

Autism is not a mental health condition.

However, many autistic people (or autists) do suffer with mental health conditions.

Fact v Fiction

Autism is usually thought about in the context of children.

However, people don’t grow out of autism. Autistic children become autistic adults.

Fact v Fiction

People are born autistic.

You don’t develop autism, although some people aren’t diagnosed until later in life.

Fact v Fiction

Autism is not something that can be cured.

Being autistic is an inherent part of who that person is.

Fact v Fiction

Many autistic people see autism as integral to their sense of self.

Autism affects the way they experience the world, both positively and negatively.

Lived Experiences