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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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