"Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. Autism is a spectrum condition. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways. Some autistic people also have learning disabilities, mental health issues or other conditions, meaning people need different levels of support. All people on the autism spectrum learn and develop. With the right sort of support, all can be helped to live a more fulfilling life of their own choosing." – The National Autistic Society.

Monday 26th of March – Monday 2nd of April is World Autism Awareness Week. Jon Cruddas MP has always been an avid campaigner for Autism Awareness and has continuously worked alongside families living with autism to support and protect their needs. He has also raised questions in parliament regarding autism and spoke of constituents who campaign tirelessly for more awareness.

You can help create awareness during this important week by joining The National Autistic Society's ‘Too Much Information' campaign, otherwise known as TMI. Too Much Information (TMI) is a campaign to increase public understanding of the five core features of autism and to give people an understanding of what actions they can take to help autistic people.

Those five core features are:

· anxiety in social situations

· anxiety with unexpected changes

· sensory overload

· meltdowns

· processing time

To find out more on how you can get involved with the TMI campaign, click HERE.