What Is Autism?

Autism is a generic term for many disorders that affect the brain. The effects of autism varies from person to person: for some it affects their learning, some have physical difficulties, and some have trouble communicating.

Categorized as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the disorder stems from early brain development and it is most commonly noticed in children between the ages of two and three. An estimated 1 out of 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States.

April 2 is Autism Awareness Day. Organizations like Autism Speaks® demonstrate the worldwide phenomenon by dedicating the whole day to autism awareness. They encourage others to support autism by sporting blue in every aspect–in other words, “Light it up Blue”.

For more information to support Autism awareness, visit www.AutismSpeaks.org/LIUB