Learning Disability Today
Supporting professionals working in learning disability and autism services

Breaking the mould: understanding the diverse experiences of autism

In recent years, a remarkable transformation has taken place in our collective awareness and understanding of autism. Yet, despite the progress made, persistent misconceptions and myths continue to cast a shadow on the true nature of autism. This unfortunate reality not only perpetuates stigma, misrepresentation and alienation, but also reveals deep-rooted flaws within the very systems established to support autistic people. In the UK alone it is estimated that one in 100 people are autistic, and some experts suggest that the prevalence may be even higher. Without addressing these gaps in knowledge and support we are failing a significant part


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