What is Autism?

People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), who are often referred to as being "on the spectrum", may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. Since autism is a spectrum, individuals with autism have a wide range of strengths and challenges. Though some individuals with autism will be able to operate independently, others will need support throughout their lives.

 

Resources

There is a lot of information available for people with autism and those supporting them. It can be difficult to know where to begin. Check out these helpful related resources we recommend as a good starting point.

 

Common Misconceptions

"People with autism do not experience a full range of emotions"
Though people with autism may have difficulty recognizing and interpreting their emotions, they do experience a full range of emotions.

"People with autism do not want friends"
Because people with autism often struggle to socially engage with others it can be very difficult for them to make friends, but they do want to have friends.

"All people with autism have a savant skill"
While all people with autism have strengths, the majority of people with autism do not have a savant skill.

"Vaccinations cause autism"
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there is absolutely no link between vaccines and autism.

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