What is Autism?


Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are a group of pervasive developmental disabilities, first appearing before age 3, that cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with ASDs are thought to process information in their brains differently than others. The term "spectrum" refers to the wide continuum of symptoms, skills, and levels of impairment that persons with ASD can have. Autism Spectrum Disorder is generally thought to follow a steady, life long course, and there is currently no known cure. Some individuals with ASD are mildly affected by their symptoms, and do relatively well in day to day life with only minimal supports; while others are more severely impacted and require greater levels of services in order to address their needs.