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Autism 101

Autism is a severely incapacitating, lifelong developmental disability that begins at birth or during the first 3 years of life. In the broader category would be both people with classical autism and others with varying degrees of autistic-like behavior on the autism spectrum. Autism is four times more common in males than females, and has been found throughout the world in families of all racial, ethnic, and social backgrounds. Currently, as many as 1 in 68 children are being diagnosed with autism.

What are the symptoms of autism?

What causes autism?

How is it diagnosed?

Is autism ever associated with other disorders?

How severe can autism be?

What are the most effective treatments?

What research is being done?

Click here to download a comprehensive “Autism Fact Sheet.”

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