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Autism is a lifelong disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world.

What is autism?

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people and how they experience the world around them. According to the National Autistic Society, there are around 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK.

Find out more about autism from the National Autistic Society

Getting a diagnosis of autism

If you think you or the person you care for may be on the autistic spectrum, you can ask your GP to refer them or you for a diagnosis.

Your doctor will refer you to the Bucks Adult Autism Diagnostic Service. This is a free NHS service. It is not currently possible to refer yourself to this service.

More information about autism and getting a diagnosis (NHS)

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Hospital Passport Template (document)

A hospital passport provides important information about individuals with a learning disability and/or autism. This can include any medical conditions, medication, personal details, communication information and care and support requirements.