Autism affects everyone in a different way. This makes it hard to generalise about people’s experiences. Some people with autism live fairly independent lives, while others may need a lifetime of specialist support. There is support available for people living with autism, and their carers. People with autism have skills and strengths that, when they are given the right opportunities, can make a positive contribution to their community and the wider world. Autism and Communication Service The aim of the Autism and Communication Service is to improve outcomes for children and young people with autism, speech, language and communication needs. The service is made up of a team of specialist advisory teachers who work with other professionals to support children, young people and their families, schools and SENCOs to improve outcomes for pupils with Autism, Social Communication or a Speech, Language Communication Need. You can read more about the service here Childrens Autism Outreach Team The team works with parents, carers and their child or young person aged 0 to 13 years with a diagnosis of autism, to understand their autism, support and empower them, to provide strategies where needed, and to increase social opportunities. The National Autistic Society National Autistic Society website. Autism and Aspergers support on the NHS Choices website NHS Choices – Autism Somerset Parent Carer Forum Somerset Parent Carer Forum website Caring for someone with autism NHS Choices – Caring for someone with autism Autism Somerset Autism Somerset CIC Autism Wessex Autism Wessex Benefits and other money advice Autism book collection Somerset libraries provide a special collection of books and DVDs about autism. This collection of around 40 titles provides support for people with autism, their families, carers and friends. It is a resource for the whole community, to help raise awareness of autism. You can find out more on the Accessible Services and Health and Wellbeing Collections page on the County Council website. Somerset Autism Strategy Somerset Autism Strategy 2015 -18 – Our plans to improve the way we all work together utilising the resources that are available to meet needs and improve outcomes for people with autism and their families/carers and give the information and support they need to remain as independent as possible. This strategy is under review.