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April is Autism Awareness Month.
What is autism?
Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication and by restricted and repetitive behavior.
Our body is controlled by the nervous system, made up of neurons. Neurons have 'gaps' called synapses between them which allow the transmission of electric or chemical signals from one cell to another.
Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize. However the way this occurs has not yet been explained.
The prevalence of autism is 1-2 per 1000 people worldwide.
However in the prevalence among children in the United States are 9 per 1000 children-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
No cure is known.
Though most autistic children lack social support, meaningful relationships, future employment opportunities or self-determination autism therapies are available to lessen the deficits and family distress caused by such developmental disorders.
Common Misconceptions about Autism
It is not contagious. Please do not discourage your children/relatives from interacting with autistic kids.
Autistic children are not 'possessed' by the devil, and they do not need to be 'exorcised'.
Autism in Media
Daniel Connelly from P.S. I Love You
Legion from X-Men
Dr. Spencer Reid from Criminal Minds
Antara from Aapki Antara
What can I do to Help?
Try visiting these sites
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