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Autism

(see also Asperger's syndrome)

Medline NLM definition : a disorder beginning in childhood. It is marked by the presence of markedly abnormal or impaired development in social interaction and communication and a markedly restricted repertoire of activity and interest. Manifestations of the disorder vary greatly depending on the developmental level and chronological age of the individual. (DSM-IV)

Autism: factsheet from NINDS, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (US site)

Autism and Asperger's Syndrome: information from the NHS website

Autism: information from Patient UK website


PubMed Medline search on Autistic Disorder

Support Groups

The National Autistic Society
Leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families, providing information, support and pioneering services, and campaigns for a better world for people with autism.

Healthtalk.org - Autism
Personal experiences of living with autism.

Autism Independent UK
Helps to increase awareness of autism to the notice of all, together with well established and newly developed approaches in the diagnosis, assessment, education and treatment.

Scottish Autism
Scottish Autism works together with persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), their families, carers, and other organizations, agencies, and individuals in Scotland.

Brain and Spine Foundation
Information on living with a neurological condition and on diagnosis. There are publications and resources. The useful glossary of neurological conditions (under 'Information and support') includes links to some other organisations as well as to Brain and Spine Foundation information.

Neurological Alliance
Collective voice for 80 organisations, including stroke and brain injury. Organisations are listed at https://www.neural.org.uk/our-members/, a good place to start if looking for information on those conditions. Site also includes information about living with a neurological condition, a glossary, and information about onset and diagnosis as well as a small set of real life stories.

NHS Inform: brain, nerves and spinal cord 
NHS inform is Scotland's national health information service, with the aim of providing the people in Scotland with accurate and relevant information to help them make informed decisions about their own health and the health of the people they care for.

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