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National Autistic Society


About the NAS
The National Autistic Society (NAS) is the UK's leading charity for people affected by autism. We have around 20,000 members and 100 branches that are at the heart of what we do. We provide a wide range of advice, information, support and specialist services to 100,000 people each year. A local charity with a national presence, we campaign for lasting positive change for people affected by autism, and empower local people to influence change they will experience at a local level.

About autism
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also experience over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.

Research has shown that 1 in 100 children has autism and figures from the NHS Information Centre have confirmed a similar prevalence figure among adults. By applying the 1 in 100 figure we estimate that there are approximately 350,000 working age adults with autism in the UK, of whom an NAS survey suggests that just 15% are in full-time employment.

For more information please email us at or contact Debbie Moss on 020 7923 5772.

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