Autism or ASD (autism spectrum disorder) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. It typically appears within the first three years of life and affects individuals differently. ASD has various levels of severity associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination, and attention and physical health issues. The increase in public awareness and funding now offer a range of treatments for individuals and their families affected with autism.
On March 27, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data on the prevalence of autism in the United States. This surveillance study identified 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) as having autism spectrum disorder. My son is on the spectrum. His diagnosis is vague, ranging from Asperger Syndrome, ADHD, and pervasive developmental disorder. Although with speech, occupational, and medical therapy, he is able to communicate and function in his everyday life. Learn about the disorder, and speak up for a voice that needs to be heard. For more information about ASD, I have a list of informative websites below: