Autism and autism spectrum disorder are general terms for a group of complex disorders that effect brain development. You may think that you don’t know anyone with autism but 1 in 100 people have autism to a certain degree. Just think about how people you went school with, the chances are you knew at least someone with autism or asperger’s syndrome. Autism comes in various degrees and can be significantly different in character and severity from one person to the next. However, in general people who are autistic struggle with social interaction, communication and repetitive behaviours and routines.