Autism Awareness

It has been more than half a century since Leo Kanner first described his classic autistic syndrome in 1943. Since then, research has helped us learn more about autism, with more and more people diagnosed as autistic, and this developmental disability is now thought to affect more than one in 100 people. Autistic children and adults face discrimination and barriers in their daily lives, and books can provide invaluable education round the subject, as well as foster empathy and understanding.

You may also wish to explore our resources for SEN/D teaching in both Primary and Secondary School, or browse our collections for those struggling with reading, for both Primary and Secondary pupils. Our Diversity Matters resource highlights inclusive fiction and non-fiction for everyone to experience people, cultures and worlds beyond their own to build empathy and understanding.