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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Understanding & Supporting

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects how individuals interact with others and experience the world around them. It is estimated that 1 in 59 children in the United States are diagnosed with autism. Autism is a complex condition, with varying symptoms and severity.

ASD is characterized by difficulties with social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviors or interests. Autism is referred to as a “spectrum” disorder because the symptoms and severity vary widely from person to person.


Autistic characteristics vary greatly from person to person, but some common signs include:

  • Difficulty with social interaction and communication
  • Repetitive behaviors or interests
  • Limited range of activities and interests
  • Sensitivity to sensory input, such as light, sound, or touch
  • Delayed language development

There is No Cure for Autism.

It is important for autistic people to have a supportive network of family and friends who understand and accept their unique needs. With early intervention and support, autistic people can lead happy and fulfilling lives. It’s important to understand and accept autistic people for who they are and support them in their unique journeys.

Autism can present challenges, but with the right support and understanding, autistic people can lead fulfilling and happy lives. It’s important to remember that every autistic person is unique and to avoid making assumptions or stereotypes.

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