2nd April is World Autism day. The U.N general assembly declared it as the day to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of those with autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society. Autism is not an illness. It is one of the least understood conditions on the neurological spectrum as it is often confused with mental and physical illness, and this affects the quality of help given to individuals on the spectrum. Autism is increasingly being understood not as a disease or an illness, but that one’s brain works differently from other people. We have discussed the condition here. (Insert link)
We will highlight important information to know about the condition. Here are 10 facts you may need to know about autism:
1. You’re born with autism
2. You can’t outgrow autism: If you’re autistic, you’re autistic your whole life. There is no medical detection or cure for the autism spectrum.
3. Autism is a developmental disability
4. There are more people with autism than we know
5. Autistic people are better at some things: Individuals may be very creative and may sometimes be able to read above one’s age.
6. It’s more common in boys than girls. Females remain an understudied group, some researchers and clinicians believe that symptoms on the autistic spectrum present differently between girls and boys which may lead to delayed diagnosis in females.
7. The condition is not degenerative: Individuals on the spectrum can easily improve under specialized supervision in special institutions to take care of them.
8. Adults can be diagnosed with autism.
9. Individuals with autism spectrum disorder can differ from one another as it is with all people.
10. Many people on the autism spectrum disorder are successfully living, working, and contributing positively to the societies they live in. The percentages are higher when individuals are offered appropriate services in their educational years.

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