What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disability. Children and adults with autism have differences 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 need significant levels of support to ensure their health and well-being while others do not. There is no known cause of autism and no singular form of assistance for autism.

Easterseals DC MD VA Services for ASD

We care for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at Easterseals Child Development Centers with inclusive, early childhood education and development. Easterseals Early Intervention offers occupational, speech, and physical therapy services for children diagnosed with ASD. We also support the families of children with autism with in-home respite, community respite trips, and center-based respite.

For adults with ASD, Easterseals Adult Day Services provides daily clinical care, supervision, and activities in a home-like environment as an alternative to institutionalized care. Our centers are also equipped with a selection of sensory equipment and materials designed to enhance relaxation. We effectively manage the specific need of clients through a customized approach to care in cooperation with caregivers. Staff seeks to honor and respect the voice of clients, and promote their dignity, inclusion, community, and wellness.

Additional ASD Resources and Data

Autism Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) has resources for disability advocacy related to autism, along with educational material.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have current information and research about autism.

Easterseals Glossary of ASD Terminology lists and defines terminology related to autism.