What Is Autism?

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Both children and adults with autism typically show difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities.

In 2012, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released an Autism Prevalence Report which concluded that autism affects 1:88 children, 1:54 boys. It’s more common than childhood cancer, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, juvenile diabetes, or multiple sclerosis.