World Autism Day

This week marks World Autism Awareness Day. The National Autistic Society want better recognition of the spectrum condition.

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World Autism Day, full report

This week marks World Autism Day and an opportunity for families across the Midlands to share experiences and highlight the problems they face on a daily basis.

The National Autism Association estimates one in 88 children will develop some degree of autism.

It affects the brain, causing difficulties with how they communicate with and relate to others.

Wesley Smith spent time with one couple with two young autistic children and discovered how they cope.

World Autism Awareness Day in the Midlands

Cody and Jessie Street both have autism Credit: ITV News Central

This week marks World Autism Day and an opportunity for families across the Midlands to share experiences and highlight the problems they face on a daily basis.

The National Autism Association estimates one child in 88 will develop some degree of autism. It affects the brain, causing difficulties with how they communicate with and relate to others.

You can read more about autism and how it affects those living with it on the National Autism Society website.

Autism Speaks has more information about World Autism Awareness Day.

Autism Care UK offers help and support to those living with autism and their carers.

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What is autism?

Today is World Autism Day and an opportunity for families across the Midlands to share experiences and highlight the problems they face on a daily basis.

Autism and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders often make it difficult for those living with autism to manage with social interactions, verbal communication and repetitive behaviours.

Autism now affects around one in 88 children, with boys being nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism.

Lee and Donna Street from Walsall have two children with autism. It's meant both parents had to give up work to look after them.

They say although it's challenging, it's also very rewarding.

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