Putting The Puzzle Together

A Closer Look At Autism

Overview Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0s0BYRVukY
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What is Autism?

When defining autism several broad categories of disabilities come to mind, such as visual, physical, hearing, behavioral, learning, and mental disabilities. All of these broad categories can appear in varying degrees and levels in autistic children. According to Autism Speaks 2014, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and autism are terms for a category of brain development disorders. Often, these disorders are marked by individuals struggling with social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. It is usually diagnosed during the first three years of life when symptoms begin to emerge. Many of those symptoms are associated with intellectual disabilities, motor skills, attention span, and physical health issue such as sleep and stomach problems. Yet, even with definitions Autism is still in the discovery phase in our society and it tends to be on the rise across all walks of life.

The Basics (Autism Speaks 2014)

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Facts About Autism

· It now affects 1 in 68 children

· It affects boys five times more than girls (1 in 42 boys)

· Autism is the United States fastest growing developmental disability

· $60,000 per year is the average cost for a family with someone with autism

· There is no medical detection or cure for autism

· 1 to 1.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder.

· Only 56% of students with autism finish high school.

(Autism Speaks and Autism Society, 2014)

What it's Like to Have a Brother with Autism?

This is a great video clip that gives people an inside look into a brother's view of living with someone with autism. It sums up what no research can provide anybody about autism.
What it's like to have a Brother with Autism.

What Does Autism Look Like? These are just some of the ways autism looks. (Autism Speaks, 2014)

TED TALK

This is a great fifteen minute TED talk by Wendy Chung, Chung a geneticists who discusses what we know about autism and what we don't. She looks at the genetics of autism and how they can help better define autism. Through genetics she states that we can come up with better interventions for people with autism. She also discusses the myth about vaccinations causing autism.
Wendy Chung: Autism — what we know (and what we don't know yet)
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Resources

Autism Speaks

This is a great resource with a wealth of information about autism including a video glossary of terms.

The Center for Autism

The nice thing about this site is it offer a quick overview of autism and basic FAQs page.

By Cassie NIcklen

This page was created to give an overview of autism for people who do not know much about this disability.