ASD Information for Year 11 English

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Brief, basic information laid out in an easy-to-read format. May use informal language. (Includes most news articles)


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Weblinks - Autism ((Australian)


This guide has been created for year 11 students who are studying representation of Autistic people in texts

What is Autism?

Autism Is A Complex Neurodevelopmental Condition


It is characterised by differences in social skills, communication and behaviour.

This means that people with Autism experience differences in the way they communicate and interact socially, and their behaviour may be repetitive or highly focussed (the term ‘restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour’ is often used to describe this). People with Autism also tend to experience differences with their senses that can affect the way they feel about and respond to their surroundings. Autism is not a disease or illness.

Autism is also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ‘Spectrum’ refers to the wide range of characteristics, skills and abilities that different people with Autism have. No two people are affected by Autism in exactly the same way. Every person experiences Autism differently and has different support needs. Although the core characteristics of Autism can cause a range of challenges, it is important to recognise that they can also result in unique skills and capabilities.

While Autism is a life-long condition, with appropriate and tailored support, children and Adults with Autism can make significant progress and live fulfilling lives. Consequently, it is imperative that people with Autism have access to specialist services that understand their needs and are experienced in developing their skills and strengths. 

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The following video is from the ABC television show 'You Can't Ask That. Each episode asks controversial questions sourced from the public to a minority Australian population, this one focusses on Autism.

The following video is from the ABC's Four Corners, which looks at causes of Autism. 

The following video is from BBC Knowledge, and comes from part of a Loius Theroux documentary series

Anna Richardson and campaigners Georgia Harper and Sam Ahern, who both have autism, set out to uncover the true face of autism today. Working closely with charities, experts, and people with autism from across the spectrum.

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