What is Autism?
There are many characteristics or traits associated with Autism, including little or no language, differences in social interactions, repetitive behaviors, sensory integration issues, fine and gross motor skill issues, gastrointestinal problems, food allergies, obsessive compulsive behaviors and anxiety. Most people with Autism exhibit some to many of these traits, but only a few exhibit all of them.
In March 2014, the National Children's Health Survey found that the rate of autism in the U.S. is now at 1 in 68 for children by age 8. Oregon has one of the highest rates of autism in the U.S. If you haven't already, you will meet someone with autism. People with autism want to lead fulfilling lives and make a meaningful contribution to society. Together, we can make that happen.