7 things to know about autism, including why it’s unlikely there will ever be a ‘cure’

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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With improved awareness, dispelled half-truths, and scientists working toward new treatment options, the future may be very bright indeed.

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