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Neurodiversity

Autism and ADHD

Sources of help and support if you or someone you care for has autism or ADHD or is suspected of having autism or ADHD.

Autism

Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects how a person communicates and relates to other people and the world around them. It’s a spectrum condition which means that whilst all people with autism share certain areas of difficulty, their condition will affect them in different ways.

There are an estimated 700,000 people on the autism spectrum in the UK. When taking into account their families, this is a total of 2.8 million people who are living with autism.

Some autistic people will have high support needs and require full-time care. Others may need a bit of support with everyday activities, while others live fully independent lives.

ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects people’s behaviour. People with ADHD can seem restless, may have trouble concentrating and may act on impulse.

Symptoms of ADHD tend to be noticed at an early age and may become more noticeable when a child’s circumstances change, such as when they start school. Most cases are diagnosed when children are under 12 years old, but sometimes it’s diagnosed later in childhood. Sometimes ADHD was not recognised when someone was a child, and they are diagnosed later as an adult.

People with ADHD may also have additional problems, such as sleep and anxiety disorders.

Webinars

Whether you are a parent or caregiver to a neurodiverse child or teenager, or have a diagnosis yourself, browse our library of webinars related to autism and ADHD.

Each is led by our own team of service experts and partner organisations.

Topics include burnout, training for grandparents, applying for DLA / PIP, and creating a neurodiverse workplace.

Pathological Demand Disorder and Neurodivergence

Book now for our next webinar

We all can relate to avoiding demands but when any sort of demand can lead to huge emotional trauma and physical response, we need to approach things in a very different way. This training looks at PDA and helps you understand the ‘why’ and how to begin to move forward.

  • Date: 31 July 2024
  • Time: 10am to 11am
  • Facilitator: Autism and ADHD

Support for you at work

If you are working and have been diagnosed with autism or ADHD, you may require support from your employer.

If you’re a serving civil servant, contact your HR Department or Workplace Adjustments Team for advice.

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Useful organisations

There are many organisations that support people with autism and ADHD and their families. Many run local support groups and online communities.

Autism and ADHD

A community where everybody understands autism and ADHD

National Autistic Society

UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families providing support, guidance and advice.

Different Minds – Scotland

Where to get both local and national support.

ADHD UK

By people with ADHD, for people with ADHD providing information and advice.

ADHDadultUK

Peer-led support and coaching to adults with ADHD.

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Anxiety

Many neurodivergent people struggle with anxiety. Here’s information and support.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness resources and courses to help manage your general wellbeing and specific health conditions.

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With the support of the Charity for Civil Servants, I was able to develop a variety of strategies to help me balance work and home life.
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