Autism FAQs

Autism is a complex disability that typically appears during the first three years of life; estimated 1 out of 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States. ASD is estimated to affect more than 3 million individuals in the U.S. Approximately 100 individuals are diagnosed every day with autism in the U.S. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. It is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain. Autism knows no racial, ethnic or social boundaries; over half a million individuals in the United States have some form of autism, which makes autism the third most common disability. 

This complex disability can be confusing.  Following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions & responses which have helped our current member families.

AS-MSC is an advocate for individuals and families affected by Autism; we are the community’s link to information & services.
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Is there a cure for Autism?”

Can Autism Be Cured?

Is there a cure for Autism?

What are the levels of Autism?

Information According to the CDC(Center for Disease Control)

What is PDD? - Pervasive Developmental Disorder

Information from National Institute of Neurological Disorders

What is Aspergers Syndrome?

What is Aspergers Syndrome?

What are the development data/milestones should I be paying attention to?

First Signs, Next Steps

CDC Milestone Tracker

Do girls get diagnosed with Autism?

Autism—It's Different in Girls

Autism Less Obvious in Girls - NPR(actual broadcast available)