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. 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. National Autistic Society The National Autistic Society provides information on getting out and about. They run an alert card scheme where people with autism can carry a card that can be shown if they are having problems communicating. You can find more information on the 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 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 Somerset autism collection page on the County Council website.