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Autism Acceptance Month: Home

This guide includes resources from NWACC library and outside resources on Autism.

What is Autism?

"Autism is a complex developmental disorder distinguished by difficulties with social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and behavioral problems, including repetitive behaviors and narrow focus of interest. As of 2013, practitioners group autism with the former diagnoses Asperger's syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder in the autism spectrum disorders (ASD)."

Davidson, T., Turkington, C. A., & Blackwell, A. H. (2018). Autism. In J. L. Longe (Ed.), Gale virtual reference library: The Gale encyclopedia of nursing and allied health (4th ed.). Gale. Credo Reference:

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Changing Language, Symbols, and Diagnosis Standards

Autism is continuously being studied and definitions and language around it are changing. This guide aims to offer a plethora of perspectives. 

Read more about the changing language and symbols below: 

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