Understanding Autism

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Understanding Autism

Quick Notes

The amount of information available online about autism is often overwhelming to sift and filter through. We aim to provide support with that process.

At Autism Empowerment, one of our key goals is to provide meaningful content in a variety of formats so that individuals of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to be enriched and empowered.

As a nonprofit organization, we rely on public support, however we do not consider ourselves in competition with other organizations. Our desire is to collaborate, share and be a positive contributor within the Autism and Asperger communities.

  • For purposes of navigating the Autism Empowerment website and understanding more about autism, unless otherwise specified, we use “autism” or “ASD” to represent all autism spectrum disorder differences including Autism, Asperger Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD/NOS).  Please note that Asperger Syndrome aka Asperger’s and PDD/NOS were placed under the umbrella diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in May 2013 when the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual updated from the DSM IV to the DSM-5. (The previous version which included Asperger syndrome and PDD-NOS was from 1994 – 2013. Not all clinicians recognize this change and will still diagnose Asperger syndrome.)
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  • Throughout our website, we often make reference to educational and inspirational autism materials that have been created by experts in the autism field.  We provide links to a wide range of resources and try to present information in a variety of learning styles so that there is meaningful content for everyone. Just as autism is a spectrum disorder and no two individuals on the spectrum are the same, such is true for the individuals coming to our website seeking resources and support.
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  • When it comes to support strategies and acceptance, we believe strongly in utilizing the expertise and life experience of individuals on the autism spectrum. You will find a lot of original content on our website from individuals fondly referred to as Autistic and Aspie Mentors. You will also find Parent-to-Parent and Peer-to-Peer support.

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Disclaimer: Autism Empowerment provides this information for reference as a free service to help you expand your knowledge. It is not a replacement to consulting trained professionals.  It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis or to recommend or reject a specific form of treatment. Please perform due diligence as you explore potential therapies, coping strategies or interventions. Thank you!