What is autism?
Autism is a neurological developmental disorder typically appearing in children as early as three (although not uncommon for one to develop normally, then later regress). It is a condition that is generally characterized as impairments in social interaction, communication; and restricted interests and repetitive behavior. Those with autism are often socially inept, having trouble recognizing body language, and face expression, there seems to be a correlation to lacking empathy. Often unable to live independently, develop relationships, and function socially there is a need for intervention such as occupational therapy. Although faced with these impairments, there are some who upon the autistic spectrum are higher functioning, thus prevail a higher rate of development.
Awareness and knowledge of autism can help provide better understanding and acceptance of those living with this condition, providing a more comfortable environment to live in. Thus, reducing stigma and preconceived notions in regards to the condition, and paving a more appropriate and accepting community.