Autism Spectrum Disorder, What is

Today it affects 1 in 68. 30 years ago, 1 in 10,000 had autism.  That’s one person every 20 minutes. Most people don’t understand the behaviours and day to day challenges.  Click here to learn more or read an excerpt below. Click on the links for various videos to learn more about Autism such as: Ready Set Coach – Supporting Children with ASD in Community Recreation or 16 videos on diverse topics or get a brief description of the videos on this pdf file. Many videos are relevant to a variety of children with special needs other than autism.



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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder, more generally referred to as ‘autism.’ Autism is diagnosed based on difficulties with social communication and behaviour, but there is significant variability among individuals who share the diagnosis. Autism occurs in all racial, ethnic and social groups, but is almost five times more likely to occur in boys than girls.


  • The U.S. Centre for Disease Control (CDC) estimates 1 in 68 children have autism. This marks a 23% increase since 2009, and a 78% increase since 2007. (CDC, 2012)
  • Autism is almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls
  • There are over 11,000 children and youth in British Columbiadiagnosed with autism (Ministry of Children and Family Development, 2011)
  • Approximately 25% of individuals with autism are nonverbal (i.e., do not speak) but can learn to communicate using other means (e.g., using pictures or assistive technology such as the iPad) (Autism Speaks, 2012)
  • 1 in 17 grandparents are affected by autism
  • 65% of parents reported that their child with autism had been  victimized by peers in some way within the past year

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