This website is designed to provide people with autism, their family and friends and professionals with relevant and helpful information about local as well as national services and resources. The website is an evolving piece of work linked to the implementation of the Outer Hebrides Autism Strategy. The Strategy is for both children and adults living throughout the Outer Hebrides and sets out the priorities and strategic direction for the improvement and development of services for people living with autism between 2014-2024. For more information on the Strategy and its associated documents click here.
On this site you will find a range of resources aimed at providing those living with autism, their families and professionals support them with good quality information and signposting. The site will be updated regularly and if you have any comments or suggestions please contact us.
Autistic Spectrum Conditions are neurological developmental conditions. They occur when atypical (unusual) brain connections lead to atypical development. These differences in the way the brain functions lead to particular challenges and abilities and unusual development.
Autism affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. Autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be 'cured'. Often people feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity.
It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all autistic people share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some autistic people are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. People on the autism spectrum may also experience over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.
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.