What is Autism?

Autism is a neurological disability that is so vast and different which is why it is a spectrum. It is mostly evident through their behaviour, so how they view and react in an environment such as noise, lighting, smells, people, etc.

According to Autism SA:

Autism changes the way that an individual sees, experiences and understands the world.

There is not one way that an autistic individual experiences the world, this is why the term ‘spectrum’ is used- this is to reflect the fact that every individual’s lived experience of autism is different.

Individuals on the spectrum may have skills in particular areas, while finding other aspects of life particularly challenging. How skills develop across a life span varies as much as autism itself and can vary significantly from person to person.

** For more information on strengths, challenges, and differences, please visit their website**

Disclaimer: at the time of writing this information, all contents were true and correct based on personal lived experience. Please note that is a guide only and over time they may change their processes and some information contained in this article may become void and irrelevant. If in doubt, please go directly to the source, NDIS to seek clarity and clarification.