What is Autism?
The goal of DJ and The Imagifriends is to Raise Awareness of Autism (and all special needs), and as a result, help Gain Acceptance and Understanding for all those who are challenged daily from the many aspects of ASD.
We've included a brief overview of ASD, some simple stats and general info along with a list of websites, links and references for more complete information.
We hope you'll join DJ, Cindi, The Mupp and all of The Imagifriends on their journey. And please take a minute to visit The Imagistore for some great tees, coffee mugs and more! They make great gifts!
Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Brief general overview of Autism:
The autism spectrum encompasses a range of neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism and Asperger Syndrome, which are generally generally known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Individuals on the autistic spectrum experience difficulties with social communication and interaction and also exhibit restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities. Symptoms are typically recognized between one and two years of age.
The cause of autism spectrum conditions is uncertain, and treatment efforts are generally individualized and can include behavioural therapy and the teaching of coping skills. Although medications may be used to try to help improve symptoms, evidence to support the use of medications and it's effectiveness, however, is not very strong.
Statistically, as of 2015, the Autism spectrum is estimated to affect about 1% of the world population, or 62.2 million people globally. In the United States, as of 2016, the Autism spectrum is estimated to affect more than 2% of children, or about 1.5 million kids. Males are diagnosed four times more often than females. The term "spectrum" refers to the variation in the type and severity of symptoms, with those in the mild range may function independently, while those with moderate to severe symptoms may require more substantial support in their daily lives. (From Wikipedia)