Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental condition which affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour. People with autism share certain difficulties, but their condition will affect them in different ways.
Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.
Some people with autism grow up without their condition being recognised. However, it's never too late to be diagnosed, and a diagnosis can make it easier to access a range of local support services. The first steps can be made by contacting your GP or first point of contact.
If you have autism, the Mental Capacity Act protects your right to make your own decisions wherever possible. When you need assistance, the act states that the people helping you must involve you as much as possible and protect your rights.
There are various organisations in Shropshire providing information and support while encouraging you to be independent within your community. You'll find information about them linked to this page.