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Information on Autism

Autism is a complex developmental disability that causes problems with social interaction and communication. Symptoms usually start before age three and can cause delays or problems in many different skills that develop from infancy to adulthood. 
Autism is a group of developmental brain disorders, collectively called autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The term "spectrum" refers to the wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of impairment, or disability, that children with ASD can have. Some children are mildly impaired by their symptoms, but others are severely disabled.
Ido Kedar is one of the students affected by the manifestations of Autism which includes a severe lack of communication. He wrote Ido in Autismland a book which includes a series of essays that are eye opening and profound. The LA Times wrote a piece on Ido's address to the graduates from the Special Education department at Cal State, Northridge (CSUN). NBC, Los Angeles featured Ido's story as an inspiration to us all. 
Autism Speaks is the world's largest autism advocacy organization that sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments, and the public.
The Center for Autism Research (CAR) is a multi-faceted center that coordinates and supports research on autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
The Center for Autism Research, Evaluation and Service (CARES) provides an array of coordinated, comprehensive treatment and support services for children and families living with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Utilizing research-based and well-established interventions, CARES programs are individualized to meet the specific needs of those we serve including infants and toddlers, children, youth, adults and families. We offer interventions in the home, school settings, community and at our centers.