Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them.
Research indicates that just over 1% of the UK adult population has a type of autism. That’s about 700,000 people on the autism spectrum.
Around a third of people with a learning disability may also be autistic.
The resources found from the Skills for Care Autism pages are useful for social care staff awareness
The resources from the Department for Health are written for social workers’ practice but will be useful to social care workers who have frequent contact with people with autism.
Short films on working with people with autism can be found by using the search autism on the SCIE website: http://www.scie.org.uk/
National Autism Society pages: About autism http://www.autism.org.uk/about.aspx