Autism is a neurobiological disorder characterized by some or all of the following:
- Delayed, limited, atypical, or lack of communication
- Difficulties with social skills
- Difficulties with sensory processing
- Abnormal attachments to objects
- Repetitive behaviors (i.e. spinning, stacking, hoarding) and/ or difficult behaviors (i.e. tantrums, aggression, self-injury)
- Co-morbid conditions such as seizures, mental retardation, and hyperactivity
- Sleep challenges
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Selective or restrictive appetites
To date there is no known cure or cause for autism, despite its increasing prevalence over the past twenty years. It is estimated that 1:68 children are currently diagnosed, with a predominance of males being affected.
Although many have questioned the reason for this increase, the tremendous impact this disability has on individuals, their loved ones, and our community is unquestionable. Autism challenges include:
- Increased emotional, relational, and financial stress for caretakers
- Social isolation of affected individuals and their loved ones
- A lack of comprehensive, consistent, and affordable healthcare
- Uncertainty about the future of affected individuals as caregivers age
When these issues are not addressed, they can lead to social, emotional, financial, and familial demise. This is why a comprehensive and holistic approach to the care and support of individuals living with autism is essential. This is why the One World Center exist!
Living with Autism?
Visit our Resource Center for useful information on recreation, respite, individual support, therapy, financial and community outreach services on the national, state, and county levels. We also have an extensive list of books available for further reading on autism.