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Who is autistic?

April 27, 2012
By Yvona Fast

April is Autism Awareness Month, and autism spectrum disorders are big news lately. Autism spectrum disorder now encompasses autism, Asperger's and pervasive developmental disorder, making autism more common than Down syndrome, mental retardation, and cystic fibrosis combined. But even as overall diagnoses climb to one in 88 people - double the figure from just five years ago - the American Psychiatric Association is working on redefining autism spectrum disorder. Even so, the term isn't well understood, eliciting negative reactions like fear.

 
 
 

 

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