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Autism is a lifelong developmental (or neurodevelopmental) condition, sometimes referred to as Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). Autism impacts on the way an individual experiences and interacts with the world. Autism, including Asperger's Syndrome , is much more common than most people think with more than 1 in 100 people being on the autistic spectrum. Some autistic people may also have other conditions, such as a learning disability or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

Self advocates have developed these pages which contain information about autism to help ensure you get the information you need and know what support is available to help you. It is for:

  • Autistic adults
  • Families and friends
  • Professionals
  • Anyone who is interested to learn more about how autism affects adults

Information for children and young people can be found on The Local Offer.

Asperger's Syndrome

Although people with Asperger’s Syndrome usually have fewer obvious problems with language than those with autism, often speaking fluently, their words can sometimes sound formal or stilted and there is often a significant difference between their ability to express themselves verbally and their ability to process and interpret the communication of others.

People with Asperger syndrome tend not have the accompanying learning disabilities often associated with autism; in fact, people with Asperger’s Syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence.

Support services

Local statutory services:

Children's support services
Adults' support services

Support for Family and Friend Carers

Carers Support West Sussex Services exists to help carers lead fulfilling lives. By providing information about services available, supporting carers to get help they need and involving carers in planning and development.

There is a dedicated support for carers and family members of people aged over 16 with autism.

Carer Response Line is open Monday to Saturday

Phone: 0300 0288888


LIMA Project

LIMA may offer 1:1 appointments via face to face, telephone, email, instant messaging and Skype (or other electronic means) as well as a series of workshops. 1.1 sessions that last for 45 minutes.

LIMA also have a specific Women's Group which is held online twice a month. The workshops are open to women aged 18+ who have an Autism diagnosis, access the LIMA sessions, and have a one-to-one Autism consultant who will support the access to the group.

Contact Aldingbourne Trust who run the service.

Supported Employment West Sussex

Offers a supported employment service to help people with a learning disability and/or autistic adult’s access mainstream employment support.

Go to the WorkAid webpage for further information contact details:

Phone: 01243 546035 or email: workaid@aldingbourne.org


National support

The National Autistic Society provides information, support, pioneering services and campaigns for a better world for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families.

Autism Helpline Number: 0808 800 4104

Helpline opening hours: 10am – 12pm and 1pm - 3pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).

You can also contact the Autism Helpline via their health and support pages.  You may also be able to find answers to your queries on the advice and guidance page.

Last updated: 04 March 2024