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and Islands AUTISM Society
The Highlands and Islands Autism Society was formed in August 1993 by
parents, teachers and friends of autistic children who shared a concern
for their future, particularly the provision of suitable education and the
lack of adult facilities.
It quickly became apparent that there was a local need for an organisation such as ours. At least 40/10,000 people have Autistic spectrum Disorder. In the past there was widespread ignorance of autism but there is now a growing awareness of the particular needs and difficulties faced by people with autism and their families.
We offer support, information and advice to all those people and members are available on the phone for anyone with a need to talk to someone who may understand their problems.
The local branch of HIAS meets on the last Tuesday of the month, alternating between Wick and Thurso. Anyone with an interest in autism is welcome to join us.
Autism is a disorder of development affecting social and communication skills. children with autism often have accompanying learning disabilities but, whatever the general level of intelligence, they share a common difficulty in making sense of the world in the way others do. In addition, there is a form of autism known as Asperger Syndrome. this occurs at the more intellectually able end of the range of autistic conditions. The phrase "Autistic Spectrum Disorder" is now used to cover the whole range.
What causes autism?
The degree to which people with autism are affected varies enormously.
Jim & Jane Coll
Community Learning Disabilities