Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and verbal and non-verbal communication, and by restricted, repetitive or stereotyped behavior. The diagnostic criteria require that symptoms become apparent before a child is three years old. Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize; how this occurs is not well understood. It is one of three recognized disorders in the autism spectrum (ASDs), the other two being Asperger syndrome, which lacks delays in cognitive development and language, and pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified (commonly abbreviated as PDD-NOS), which is diagnosed when the full set of criteria for autism or Asperger syndrome are not met.

World Autism Awareness Day - 2020

"On World Autism Awareness Day, we speak out against discrimination, celebrate the diversity of our global community and strengthen our commitment to the full inclusion and participation of people with autism. Supporting them to achieve their full potential is a vital part of our efforts to uphold the core promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: to leave no one behind." —Secretary-General António Guterres

Source: United Nations

Shane, Howard

Howard C. Shane is director of the Autism Language Program and Communication Enhancement Program at Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, former director of the Institute on Applied Technology, and associate professor at Harvard Medical School. He is internationally known for his research and development of augmented and alternative communication systems to support the communication needs of people with neuromuscular disorders, autism and other disabilities.

Students create video game to help children with autism

Submitted by santiago on Mon, 28/04/2014 - 19:45

Global Accessibility News - A child with autism fires up an iPad and launches an app for Social Clues, a video game with a higher purpose. Developed by a team of 35 University of Southern California (USC) students, including engineering, MBA, design and others, the game transports players to a make-believe world that entertains, while teaching children on the spectrum to make eye contact, listen to others and engage in conversation.

Apples and autism

Submitted by santiago on Thu, 15/10/2015 - 18:01

Easter Seals and Autism - With this new technology at their fingertips, our therapists will be able to give parents hands-on demonstrations. This way parents can give these devices a try before making the important decision to purchase one for their child. Therapists will also work with each child individually to recommend specific apps for parents to purchase.

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