Chances are, you or someone you know—a family member, a friend, a neighbor, a coworker—has a personal connection to autism.
Autism, known also as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is becoming ever more common. In 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 1 in 68 U.S. children were on the spectrum. However, because knowledge about ASD has also increased, we can do more to empower kids and families living with autism than ever before.
Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are terms describing a complex neurodevelopmental disorder, which means it affects brain development. ASD commonly causes difficulty with communication, social interaction, sensory processing and behavior.
There is no cure for autism, but getting help early can greatly reduce many of its symptoms. With the right support, kids with ASD can do well in school, participate in activities they enjoy, build positive relationships and go on to lead happy and successful adult lives.
Montana’s Developmental Disabilities Program has data that shows the impact of intensive early intervention for children with autism: Progress Reports for the Children’s Autism Waiver.
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