What Is Autism?

Autism is a developmental disability that affects how an autistic person thinks, learns, uses their senses, moves their body, communicates, and relates to other people. Between 1 and 2% of people in the United States are thought to have an autism-spectrum diagnosis. As we learn more about autism, more people are diagnosed. Experts suspect that the real number of autistic people is a little bit higher.

Autistic people are sons and daughters, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, coworkers and employees, students and teachers, friends and relatives, neighbors and community members. You probably know an autistic person. Autistic people have different abilities, different needs, different interests, and different personalities.

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