Autism South Africa in collaboration with the Autism Project announced on Wednesday, that citizens could expand their knowledge about autism through the Hands On Autism Modules 3 & 4.

“We bring you a five-day, intensive HOA 3&4 hosted in three provinces during 2018,” Autism South Africa said in a statement.

“HOA 3&4 are geared towards all interested in Autism for individuals that have already completed Hands On Autism Modules 1 and 2.”

They will be hosting programmes in Johannesburg, KwaZulu-Natal and East London from 9 April to 13 July.

According to the Autism SA website, Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development.

“ASD is a developmental disability and people with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely impaired. Some people with ASD need high support (a lot of help and intensive intervention) while others need low support (less help and less intensive intervention),” the website explains.

ASD are characterised in varying degrees and is thought to have a genetic component which results in atypical neurological development and functioning.