Autism: Information and Resources

This section of our website is intended to offer an overview of some frequently asked questions about autism. There is much more to learn and read than what we have included here, and that is why we have provided a list of resources for more information.

What is Autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a group of complex neurodevelopment disorders characterized by repetitive and characteristic patterns of behavior and difficulties with social communication and interaction. The symptoms are present from early childhood and can affect daily functioning. The term “spectrum” refers to the wide range of symptoms, skills and levels of disability in functioning that can occur in people with ASD.

Did you know?

  • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys.
  • Autism is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the U.S.
  • Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism.
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism.

When you meet one person with autism, you've met one person with autism.

The autism spectrum includes a range of symptoms and behavior patterns, and individuals with autism may have widely different abilities.  For example, some children with autism may achieve language milestones within an appropriate timeframe, while others may have language delays and some may be non-verbal.  That is why it is important to look at the unique abilities and challenges for each individual on the spectrum.