If you don't have autism, this group is still for you. Got a friend who's little brother has autism and does weird things? Ask questions about it. Don't know what autism even is? Come ask questions and learn. Have experience dealing with autistic siblings, friends, or coworkers? Are they driving you crazy because you don't understand their view of the world? Come learn and discuss, or help those of us with autism out better understanding the world around us.
An overview of Autism:
Autism is a life long diagnosis that can be devastating. It effects brain function and impairs communication, social, and cognitive development as well as motor skills. Autism is known as a "spectrum disorder" because no 2 people are effected the same. Symptoms range from very mild to very severe. 1 in 88 people are diagnosed with autism. 1 in 54 are boys and 1 in 252 are girls. A sizable majority of people with autism never speak, and close to 90% have a delay in speech. On top of social and motor skill impairments, people with autism also experience a wide variety of other mental and physical problems, including: OCD, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, fragile X syndrome, sensory processing disorder, gastrointestinal problems, sleep problems, and multiple allergies. Saddest of all, teenagers and young adults with autism are at a highly increased risk to commit suicide because of the constant rejection they face by their peers. The cause of autism is unknown, although many scientists believe a combination of genetics and environmental risk factors, as well as family history, play a role in a small number of cases. There is no cure for autism.
This group is designed as a support group for CTF's autistic members first and foremost. The second purpose is to raise awareness, because awareness leads to better therapies and hopefully a cure for those suffering from autism.