Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.
Autistic people see, hear and feel the word differently to other people, if you are autistic, you are autistic for life. Autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be cured. Often people being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity.
Autism is a spectrum condition. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect then in different ways. Some autistic people also have learning disabilities, mental health issues or other conditions, meaning people need different levels of support. All other on the Autism spectrum learn and develop. With the right sort of support, all autistic people can be helped to live a more fulfilling life of their own choice.