Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or autism, is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts brain development causing most individuals to experience communication problems, difficulty with social interactions and a tendency to repeat specific patterns of behaviour. There is also a markedly restricted repertoire of activities and interests.
It is typically accompanied by co-occurring medical conditions such as epilepsy, sleep disorders, gastrointestinal abnormalities, immune dysregulation and mental health issues like anxiety and depression.
Autism is the most commonly diagnosed neurological disorder in Canada. The prevalence rate is currently 1 in 68, according to the latest estimates from The Centers for Disease Control (March 2014).
Early intervention can make a lifetime of difference and with the right supports autistics of all ages can thrive.
For more information, please visit autismcanada.org.