Autism is a neurological disorder that impairs communication and social skills, which according to the Autism Society of America (ASA) affects as many as 1.5 million American adults and children.
The incidence of autism is 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) includes several developmental disorders that affect the way an individual sees and relates to the rest of the world. As a result, affected individuals may have difficulties communicating verbally, reasoning, following directions and showing affection in commonly understood ways such as through physical contact.
Though the symptoms of ASD vary widely in severity, they can include impairment of social interaction, fixation on inanimate objects, the inability to communicate in traditional ways and resistance to changes in daily routines.
Many charities importantly focus on children impacted by autism; still, it is Homes for Autism’s driving belief that adults with autism need our help as well. Children with autism grow up to be adults and, in many situations, either outlive or outgrow their families’ ability to support them.