Autism Awareness Month starts tomorrow, April 1, and what better way to increase awareness than to be aware of what autism spectrum disorder (ASD) really is. The technical definition and the criteria that must be met in order to give a diagnosis of ASD come from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th edition (DSM 5), but it can get pretty technical and is rather long-winded. A more concise and more easily understood description of ASD is provided by the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a fact sheet that is part of their “Act Early” program. You can find this fact sheet here, in English on the first page and Spanish on the second.
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