Autism is a developmental disability that manifests itself in the first three years of life. It results from a neurological disorder that affects the brain function. Children all over the world are affected, irrespective of gender, race or socio-economic status.
As a spectrum condition, individuals with autism share similar difficulties. However, the way in which autism impacts on an individual is unique, with no two people with the condition being exactly the same.
Autism is characterized by impaired social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and unusual, repetitive, or severely limited activities and interests.
According to Center for Disease Control (CDC), about 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder, with the condition being more common in males than females. The exact cause of autism is still unknown. However, some may be some genetic factors associated with the development of the disorder. Most importantly, there is a vast array of help and support available to those diagnosed and their families.