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Autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, is a term used to describe a complex developmental brain disorder which is characterized by significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. Children and adults with ASD typically have no physical stigma that would suggest a disability but may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. People with ASD can have minimal support needs or may need significant assistance in order to learn and function on a day-to-day basis.

A diagnosis of ASD now includes several conditions that used to be diagnosed separately: autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (POD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome. These conditions are now all called autism spectrum disorder.

For more detailed information about autism spectrum disorders, The following resources provide more detialed information about this disorder: