What is Autism?

Autism is a general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development.

Autism can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and stomach troubles.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) defines autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as a complex developmental condition that involves persistent challenges in social interaction, speech and nonverbal communication, and restricted/repetitive behaviors. The effects of ASD and the severity of symptoms are different in each person.

Resource Links

  • Autism Society of WNY – Resources in the WNY area for individuals who would like to learn more about autism spectrum disorders. 
  • Autism Speaks – Providing help and information for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
  • National Autism Association – Offer programs, resources, trainings, and webinars regarding autism spectrum disorders. 
  • National Council on Severe Autism – Providing information, resources and solutions for individuals, families and caregivers affected by severe forms of autism and related disorders. 

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