Autism Speaks: What is Autism?

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Autism Speaks provides comprehensive information on Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including a description of Autism spectrum disorder, how autism is diagnosed, symptoms of autism, as well as treatment options. The site is searchable by age, allowing users to select information pertaining to young children, transition age, school-age children, and adults. Through their site, Autism Speaks makes available free online toolkits covering a range of topics, including a School Community Tool Kit that teachers may find useful.

Autism Speaks is an autism advocacy organization founded in the United States in 2005. During the last decade, Autism Speaks has raised millions of dollars to fund global research investigating the causes and treatment of autism as well as prevention research.

It is important to note, however, that there has been some recent controversy surrounding the organization and its views.