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April is Autism Awareness Month: What’s your definition of autism?

Autism AwarenessNext month, a new edition of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) is coming out with changes to the definitions of certain disorders on the autism spectrum which is used by medical professionals, government agencies and insurers. There has been much talk about what this will mean to individuals and their families when it comes to obtaining a diagnosis and receiving services.

During Autism Awareness Month in April, The Arc would like to refocus the conversation on the individuals living with autism day to day and ask: “What’s Your Definition of Autism?” What does the word “autism” really mean to you on a personal and individual level?

This April, join The Arc in raising awareness about what autism really means. If you are not already familiar with Autism NOW, The National Autism Resource & Information Center, visit www.autismnow.org for a wealth of high-quality, reliable information designed specifically for individuals on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities, their families and others who care about them. Autism NOW is a project of The Arc funded in part by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

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