Autism is a difference in the human condition that can affect the way someone communicates, understands and interacts with other people and the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, meaning people can share some ranging linked conditions, but the individual is unique.
The prevalence of autism among 8-year-old American children is estimated to be 1:68. Approximately 2 out of 3 have an average or above average IQ.
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Autistic individuals often display characteristics like:
We are living at a very exciting time a time of great hope for autistic people and their families. Society is on the brink of a major transformation in its understanding of autism and other developmental disabilities, and everyone on the leading edge of this transformation is playing a crucial role at this long-awaited turning point in history.
Steve Silberman, Author of Neurotribes, Speech to the UN, April 1, 2016