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What Is Autism?

What is Autism?

Autism is the brain processing environmental information in another way. It is neurodiversity, the person’s brain has physically developed differently from a neurotypical brain.

Once you meet one person with autism you have met ONE person with autism. This best describes that each person who is autistic is an individual and the characteristics that are associated with autism are unique to them and creates their different experiences.

There are two primary characteristics that require various levels of support needs:

  1. Social communication and social interaction, and
  2. Restrictive and repetitive behaviours activities or interests

It is lifelong, neurodevelopmental, and a spectrum. At different times in a person’s life, they may require having low supports needs and/or having higher support needs within their life. 

Autism is a diverse way that one develops over one’s lifespan.