To help spread awareness — and cut through the falsehoods, half-truths, and misinformation — here are seven things everyone should know about autism.
1) What is autism?
Autism is a neurodevelopment disability. People with autism have difficulty communicating or interacting socially, and may engage in repetitive behaviors. They interact, behave, and learn in unique ways.
3) Are rates of autism increasing?
Yes, they are.
The CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network estimates the prevalence of autism among 8-year-old children in the U.S. Its estimates are based on more than 300,000 children across the U.S., with updates released every two years.
6) Is there a cure for autism?
No, there is no cure for autism, but the question — often phrased in this manner — is misleading.
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder, not a disease. It seems unlikely that we’ll ever cure it with a pill or shot; however, therapies and interventions have been developed to help individuals and families address the challenges of living with autism.
With improved awareness, dispelled half-truths, and scientists working toward new treatment options, the future may be very bright indeed.
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