Autism and False Perceptions

  • After being supported through school, people with autism instantly adapt to adult life.
  • All people with autism are good at maths, art and music.
  • People with autism no longer require support once they leave school
  • All people with autism are geniuses or have a extraordinary ability like the Dustin Hoffman character in the film Rainman
  • All people with autism can’t start & sustain friendships or relationships
  • People with autism don’t feel emotions
  • You can only be diagnosed with autism as a child
  • All people with autism require constant care
  • Autism only affects males
  • All children with autism go to special educational needs schools

ALL of the above statements are FALSE. These are some of the myths that are being assumed to be true about those with autism. This lack of understanding can make it difficult for people on the autism spectrum to have their condition recognised and to access the support they need. Misconceptions can lead to some people who have autism feeling isolated and alone. In extreme cases, it can also lead to abuse and bullying.

Read the statements below and they give you TRUE facts about Autism.

  • People with autism can lead fulfilling lives with the right understanding and support
  • People with autism may demonstrate above average levels of concentration, reliability and accuracy
  • Autism is a lifelong disability. Many people with the condition are susceptible to anxiety disorders
  • There are over 500,000 people with autism in the UK (around 1 in 100)
  • People with Asperger syndrome, a form of autism, often have average or above intelligence
  • Asperger is a German name and should be pronounced with a hard ‘G’ as there is no soft ‘G’ in the German language
  • Non-verbal people with autism prefer other means of communication – e.g. sign language or visual symbols
  • Many people with autism have a very literal understanding of language
  • Visual supports can include objects, photos and line drawings
  • Autism is a ‘hidden’ condition – you can’t always tell if someone has it
  • Repetitive behaviour like flapping or rocking can help some people with autism deal with chaotic environments or stress

Sourced from The National Autistic Society UK.

Cyndi Lauper – True Colors

3 thoughts on “Autism and False Perceptions

  1. As someone who both has autism and helps run an autism support network, the lack of support for adults with autism is shocking; once we’re out of school, we’re effectively thrown to the wolves. One of the central focuses of our group (The I Can Network) is working with businesses to put programs in place to support autistic adults

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