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Autism (Adults)

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Autism is often called the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is a lifelong, developmental disability which can include Aspergers. Autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be 'cured'. Those who are diagnosed are all different but can be very clever people.

Some autistic people have mental health issues, learning disabilities and learning difficulties, meaning people need different types of support.  The types of support required will vary, examples include, making friends, explaining their feelings and understanding how others feel.  People with this condition can still do lots of things, including learning new skills. They just need the right support to help live a fulfilling life of their own choosing.

Common signs of autism in adults include:

  • finding it hard to understand what others are thinking or feeling
  • getting very anxious about social situations
  • finding it hard to make friends or preferring to be on your own
  • seeming blunt, rude or not interested in others without meaning to
  • finding it hard to say how you feel
  • taking things very literally – for example, you may not understand sarcasm or phrases like "break a leg"
  • having the same routine every day and getting very anxious if it changes

Autism Strategic Group

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We have set up an autism strategic group which includes people with autism.  The group has members from health, education, social care and voluntary sector providers.  

If you would like to help Peterborough City Council support individuals with autism and have a say about services that are provided, then you can join our group. 

All the meetings are held in accessible venues in Peterborough and take place every three months. Come along and make your voice heard.

If you are interested in joining the Autism Strategic Group, please contact:

Alternatively, if you would like any further information you can call the Direct Payment Support Service and ask to speak to Chris De Wilde on 01733 342683 or

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Autism Alert Card

Feeling self-conscious, worried or concerned when outside the security of your own home? Need something to help you overcome this?

For £5, Autism Anglia offers a credit card-sized Autism Alert Card as a way of boosting confidence and giving peace of mind if encountering emergency situations.

The project was developed in East Anglia in 2007 with the full support of Essex Police and the Suffolk and Norfolk Constabularies.  It has since been adopted by the Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Constabularies and the Bedfordshire Police to make it available in West Anglia also.

We use the card when we go out on trips. It has improved our confidence as parents to go out and about more frequently

The card is designed so that an individual’s behaviour or the nature of their condition can be quickly explained when they find themselves in a difficult or emergency situation.  It also means that behind the scenes lots of work is being done to train the Emergency Services so that they understand what they can do to ease interactions they have with someone who has autism, as sometimes a little knowledge can go a long way.