This website serves as a resource to the members of the Autism Society Western New York Chapter as well as for those who would like to learn about or get involved with the chapter. Please check back often for important news or events.
The Autism Society Western New York Chapter includes professionals and parents of children with Autism, PDD, and Asperger Syndrome. The Chapter holds informational meetings and workshops.
What is autism?
Autism is a brain disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate, to reason, and to interact with others. It is a spectrum disorder that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees of severity, and it is often found in combination with other disabilities.
The terms "autism" and "autism spectrum disorder" are often used interchangeably. Autism Spectrum Disorders refers to the umbrella Pervasive Developmental Disorders PDD. Autism is one of five disorders under PDD. The other ones include Asperger's Syndrome, PDD-NOS (Not otherwise specified), Rett's Syndrome, and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. In the future, when the new diagnostic manual DSM-V comes out, this may change."
How common is autism?
One out of every 110 children born today and for will develop some form of autism and for boys it is one in 70. An estimated 1.5 million Americans (children and adults) have autism today. For information about the signs and red flags of Autism, read the What is Autism? brochure from the Autism Society of America.