Everyone’s story is different.
The experience of Autism is not one thing. It is many things. It’s dreams, talents, relationships, victories, hurdles, and everything In between. The connection between those experiences is you.
You break the mold. No matter who you are, the person you are is infinite—and you are the only you there is.
What the Autism Society Does
Everyone deserves to live fully. At the core of the Autism Society’s work is a goal to influence meaningful change in support of the Autism community.
Work together, make a difference. Learn more about the Autism Society’s programs including affiliate networks, public policy efforts, training, and safety.
own strengths & weaknesses
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? Learn about prevalence, signs & characteristics, causes, screening & diagnosis, and more.
Connect to Knowledge
The Autism Society is your connection to resources, news, events, and support for the Autism community.
Through the Autism Society, we were able to retrieve a sense of community, comfort and connection.
~ Curt W.
The Autism Society connects you to the support you need, when you need it with our experienced Information & Referral Specialists at our Helpline.
There are many ways to get involved in the Autism community. Whether it’s supporting a crucial initiative, attending an event, becoming an Autism Society member, or making a donation, the Autism Society is your connection to making a difference.
What is Autism?
Autism is a neurological (brain) and developmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate, to reason, and to interact with others. Autism is a spectrum disorder that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees of severity, and is often found in combination with other disabilities. The term “autism” comes from the Greek “autos” for “self.
With the publication of the DMS-5, the different conditions once found under the umbrella term of Pervasive Developmental Disorders are now called Autism Spectrum Disorders. Individuals should not “lose”‘ their previous diagnosis under the new evaluation system. Those previously diagnosed as having Asperger Syndrome will still be considered to be “on the autism spectrum”.