What is autism?

Autism is a lifelong developmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to interact socially and relate to the world around them. The degree to which an individual is affected ranges across a wide spectrum, from severe difficulties in communicating to mild symptoms.

Autism facts

  • More than 74 million people are affected by autism worldwide
  • Prevalence of diagnoses is increasing
    • 1966: 1 in 2200
    • 1992: 1 in 500
    • 2000: 1 in 150
    • 2012: 1 in 68
  • In 2012 in Australia, 1 in 63 schoolchildren was diagnosed with autism
  • Males are 4-5 times more likely to be diagnosed than females

 

  What causes autism?

  Autism signs and symptoms

  Autism treatment

  Diagnosing autism