Spectra.Blog is a resource for anyone interested in learning more about autism. We hope you find enlightenment and interest in our articles. Firstly, let’s answer the question – what is autism? Autism is essentially a set of neurology configurations affecting the individual’s processing abilities, at varying levels – hence the term ‘spectrum’ – so, no two autists are the same.
Autism is a lifelong neurology that affects how autistic individuals experience the world around them. It’s a processing difference.
The UK’s National Health Service states: ‘Being autistic does not mean you have an illness or disease. It means your brain works in a different way from other people.’ Autism does not equate to low intellect, per say; nor is it a mental health condition. (Learning disabilities and genetic disorders that an autistic individual has would be classed as co-existing conditions – but they are increasingly being regarded as additions to autism, rather than a facet of autism itself). The latest diagnostic guidelines, the ICD-11, can be found HERE; see also America’s DSM5 diagnostic manual.
If you are in need of empathetic content that helps advocate autism acceptance, instead of intolerance, delve into Spectra.Blog for enlightenment! But please note that we are #actuallyautistic autism advocates; this is not a place for negativity, or for seeking / berating so-called ’causes’ of autism.
Our new book Autism from A to Z is out now, please see the links on this page for information.
One reviewer says –
“Autism from A to Z is full of information that people new to the autistic world would find extremely helpful when either discovering themselves, or supporting a loved one or client.”
EM, Kent Autistic Trust