Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is  defined as a range of developmental disabilities that usually present during toddlerhood which affect a person’s ability to communicate, play and interact.  ASD is characterized by a specific set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects each individual differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause for ASD, but increased awareness can help others to understand this complex condition.  Funding for treatment, on the other hand, is difficult to come by, especially in today’s struggling economy.

In December 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 110 births in the United States and almost 1 in 70 boys.  In less than a decade, the incidence of autism has exploded. 

Families of a child (or multiple children) with autism struggle each and every day for compassion from a judgmental society, funding for autism treatment, inclusion and access to community-based  opportunities, and validation that they are doing a good job.

To learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorders, please visit the website of the Autism Society of America at http://www.autism-society.org/.