What is Autism? Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them, and people with autism may experience over-or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colors.

Autism is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but many have accompanying learning disabilities and will require a lifetime of specialist support.


Autism is one of three disorders in Autism Spectrum disorder. It is related to brain abnormalities, but the cause is debated. Some believe the causes are heredity and birth defects, while others believe the heavy metals in vaccines and some fish (You might remember Jenny McCarthy’s activism against vaccinations for children due to her son’s autism). The signs usually begin to show up in the first few years of life. A young child with early signs of autism might not make eye contact with his parents or smile like other children his age and not interact socially with other children. Autistic children donʼt experience personal connections and affection as others do. Imagine eating lunch with an autistic friend every day at school; every day in the hallway he walks by, waves his left hand and says robotically ?hi.? Then you see him in the mall years later and hurry excitedly over to him; he keeps walking, waves his left arm and says ʻhiʼ.

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