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What is Autism? 


"...a developmental disability  that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. There is often nothing about how people with ASD look that sets them apart from other people, but people with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others need less.


A diagnosis of ASD now includes several conditions that used to be diagnosed separately: autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome." (CDC)


"a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate, and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis/intervention and access to appropriate services/supports lead to significantly improved outcomes. Some of the behaviors associated with autism include delayed learning of language; difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation; difficulty with executive functioning, which relates to reasoning and planning; narrow, intense interests; poor motor skills’ and sensory sensitivities. Again, a person on the spectrum might follow many of these behaviors or just a few, or many others besides. The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is applied based on analysis of all behaviors and their severity." (Autism Society of America)


"...a neurological variation that occurs in about one percent of the population and is classified as a developmental disability. Although it may be more common than previously thought, it is not a new condition and exists in all parts of the world, in both children and adults of all ages. The terms “Autistic” and “autism spectrum” often are used to refer inclusively to people who have an official diagnosis on the autism spectrum or who self-identify with the Autistic community. While all Autistics are as unique as any other human beings, they share some characteristics typical of autism in common." (Autistic Self-Advocacy Network)


Click here to learn more about autism from the CDC website
Haga clic aquí para obtener más información sobre el Autismo en el sitio web de la Sociedad de Autismo de América. 


¿Qué es Autismo?

El autismo es una incapacidad relativa al desarrollo mental que típicamente aparece durante los tres primeros años de vida. Es resultado de un trastorno neurológico que afecta el funcionamiento del cerebro. El autismo y sus comportamientos asociados pueden ocurrir en 1 de cada 36 individuos. El autismo es cuatro veces más frecuente en los niños que en las niñas y no conoce las fronteras raciales, étnicas y sociales. El ingreso económico, el modo de vida y los niveles educativos de la familia, no afectan la posibilidad de que estos casos se ocurren. 

Durante más de 50 años, la misión de la Sociedad de Autismo es mejorar la vida de todos los afectados por el autismo. Visualizamos un mundo donde las personas y sus familias que viven con autismo pueden mejorar su calidad de vida, ser tratadas con dignidad y vivir en una sociedad donde sus talentos y fortalezas son valoradas y apreciadas. La Sociedad autismo del norte de Virginia puede proporcionar recursos en español. Envíe un correo electrónico a Ana Pineda: 571-312-9494.  Incluya el condado en el que reside para obtener recursos más precisos cerca de los recursos. Gracias.

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