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What Is Autism?

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 What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disability. Children and adults with autism have difficulty with social communication/interaction and exhibit restrictive and/or repetitive patterns of behavior. There is a wide range of ability among people with autism. Some people with autism are gifted and others need significant levels of support to ensure their health and well-being. While great strides are being made, there is no known cause, or a known singular effective treatment for autism.

People with autism have challenges in the areas of social communication/interaction and restricted/repetitive behaviors. A few examples:

Social Communication/ Interaction

Restrictive/Repetitive Behavior

No two people with autism are the same. There is no single behavior that is always present in every individual with autism.

Resources and Data on Autism Today

View our Autism State Profiles for a state-of-the-state report of autism services in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have additional information about autism.

Read the full glossary of autism-related terminology.

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