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    When nine-year-old Donivan was continually finding himself in the principal’s office about a year ago, he did not want to talk to his parents, teachers, or the other students. His mother, Caroline W., was at her wits end on what to do next...

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  • Improving the lives of all affected by autism.

    The Autism Society is the nation's leading grassroots autism organization. We work to increase public awareness about the day-to-day issues about people across the spectrum, advocate for appropriate services for individuals of every age, and provide the latest information regarding treatment, education, research, and advocacy.

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What is Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability…

What is Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability, typically appearing during childhood and affecting a person's ability to communicate and interact with others. Visit these pages for more detailed information.

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Stories from the Spectrum

Real people. Real stories.

  • “Because of [my son’s] needs I’ve learned that while my knowledge and physical capabilities may have their limits, my love and compassion have none.”

    —Dan Olawski


  • “I believe my life is going in the right direction. I’m very excited to see what the future brings.”

    —Lee Passehl

      Diagnosed at age 3

  • “It became clear that [my daughter] would need additional supports. My husband and I found her a special support group for social interactions, a classroom aide, and placement into an Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) classroom.”

    —SC Bracco


  • “So, autism makes me a super-hero. I’m like Wonder Woman, right mommy?”

    —Isabella Bracco

      SC Bracco’s Daughter

  • “This little boy, who fights the challenges of autism every day with such incredible energy and enthusiasm, not only teaches me what it means to be a dad, but what it means to be a man.”

    —Dan Olawski


  • “Autism is not a burden or some super-secret weapon. It’s simply part of one’s identity. It’s taken me 17 years to learn to accept myself and my diagnosis.”

    —Lee Passehl

      Diagnosed at age 3