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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 

        — Facts and Resources

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by deficits in social interactions and social communication and by restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior. It affects the development of the brain, causing difficulty with behavior, communication, learning, and social interaction. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014), about one in 68 children in the United States has an ASD. ASD is one of the most common developmental disabilities, after intellectual disabilities and cerebral palsy.


Highlighted Resource:

The National Standards Project, Phase 2 is available now as a free download through the National Autism Center website. It is the most comprehensive analysis available to date about treatments for children, adolescents and adults (ages 22+) with ASD.


Diagnosing ASD

Early diagnosis and intervention during the first years of a child’s life can significantly impact that child’s long-term prognosis.


Treating ASD

Families, educators, and service providers are constantly bombarded by a massive amount of confusing and often conflicting information about the countless treatments available for autism. Understanding treatment options, and making informed decisions for your child, are critical.


Available Resources



Parent Perspectives


Services for Families of Individuals with ASD

  • At May Institute, we offer services ranging from diagnosis of very young children through support throughout the lifespan. We invite you to browse our website to learn more about our offerings in 13 states.
  • Learn about our special education schools for students with autism and other developmental disabilities.