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Community Autism Network (CAN) @ FGCU

This resource guide is designed to support university and community partnerships through the shared goal of supporting accessible, evidence-based services, activities, and information with and for the community.

AutismSpectrum Disorder: Clearly Defined, Yet Not

The National Institute of Mental Health defines Autism Spectrum Disorder as "Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurological and developmental disorder that affects how people interact with others, communicate, learn, and behave. Although autism can be diagnosed at any age, it is described as a “developmental disorder” because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life."

Autism Speaks defines ASD as, "Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. Because autism is a spectrum disorder, each person with autism has a distinct set of strengths and challenges. The ways in which people with autism learn, think and problem-solve can range from highly skilled to severely challenged."

American Psychiatric Association defines ASD as, "Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental condition involving persistent challenges with social communication, restricted interests, and repetitive behavior. While autism is considered a lifelong disorder, the degree of impairment in functioning because of these challenges varies between individuals with autism."

 

What is Autism? - The National Autistic Society

What it's really like to have Autism - a TEDTalk

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