Since the autism diagnosis was first introduced* by Dr. Leo Kanner in 1943, the deficit-based model has been used to identify what people on the autism spectrum have difficulty with and how they are different from their “typical” peers.
Today we understand that autism is a spectrum disorder; and the effects of the disability and the challenges and strengths it brings are different for each autistic person.
For AUTISM ACCEPTANCE MONTH we are featuring many expressions of autism represented by our program participants. We hope you will gain awareness, acceptance, and appreciation of the disability and of the abilities of individuals on the spectrum.
Just click on each picture of our trainees to hear their one-minute message to you: Me and My Autism.
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*Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurological condition that involves varying but persistent challenges in social interaction, speech, and nonverbal communication, repetitive patterns of thought and behavior, and intense passion for special interests.