About Us About Autism About Autism Our son had a lot of behavioural problems and was self injurious. He would bite his hand when he was anxious or bang his head. He had no way of communicating and was therefore extremely frustrated as a young boy. Parent of a young person at Prior's Court Autism (Autism Spectrum Disorder or Condition) is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, as well as how they experience the world around them. It is a spectrum condition: some people with autism can live relatively independently but others may need a high level of support throughout their lives. The condition can make life extremely challenging for the families of those affected. To mark World Autism Awareness Day, which takes place on 2nd April each year, Prior's Court young people, staff and musicians recorded a song, 'Let Me Shine' to raise awareness, challenge perceptions of autism and encourage acceptance. You can help support Prior's Court by buying our single and sharing the video on social media. Find out more here. Watch 'Let Me Shine': My Special Brother - by Hannah, aged 12 years, sister to Jacob I know him as my brother Which seems very strange indeed This little boy so special Who knows nothing about me I often wonder where he goes In times of private thought I hope he's happy and content In just the way he ought He lives his life in parallel Across this huge divide To be here with me but not connect Growing older side by side We never play or share or shout This world he's in will keep me out I hope one day he'll let me in So I can be special just to him.