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What is Autism?

Autism is a complex, developmental disability that causes problems with social skills and communication.

Autism can be mild or severe. It is different for every person.

Some Quick Facts About Autism

  • Studies indicate that 1 in 68 children will be diagnosed with Autism.
  • Boys are 5 times more likely to be diagnosed than girls.
  • There is no known, single cause of Autism.
  • Autism impacts each person differently. Some people with Autism are nonverbal, while others are highly gifted in areas.
  • There is no cure for Autism.

The Symbol for Autism Awareness is the Puzzle Piece

The puzzle piece represents the mystery and complexity of Autism. The different colors ( red, yellow, and

blue, ) represent the diversity of the families and people living with Autism.

Communication Tips

When interacting with someone with Autism remember…

– Just because they are not looking at you doesn’t mean they are not listening.

– Talk as equals, do not talk down to them.

– If you think a communication error has happened, clarify it, ask questions.

– Be patient.

Autism in Entertainment

There are many characters on popular shows today that demonstrate

Autistic traits and tendencies. Some examples are…

– Sheldon from ‘The Big Bang Theory’.

– Brick from ‘The Middle’.

– Julia from Sesame Street

Famous people with Autism

– James Durbin: American Idol contestant.

– Dan Akroyd: Actor, best know for his role in Blues Brothers.

– Tim Burton: Director of films like: Batman Begins.

 

Resources: www.autismspeaks.org

www.autism-society.org

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