Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder is defined by “persistent impairment in reciprocal social communication and social interaction and restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities” (DSM-5, 2013, p. 53). Symptoms of this disorder are present from childhood and limit or impair day to day functioning. The disorder manifests differently and may vary greatly among individuals based on severity, age, and development. Some common features of this disorder include impairment in social-emotional reciprocity (i.e. one-sided communication, not sharing emotions), difficulties with developing or maintaining relationships, and hyper- or hypo-reactivity to sensory input.

Web Resources

The websites listed below are for informational purposes only. Inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement by the CSD.

  • AHEADD
    AHEADD (Achieving in Higher Education with Autism/Developmental Disabilities) is a private, community organization that provides support for students in higher education with Learning Disabilities, High-Functioning Autism (HFA), Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), Non-Verbal Learning Disorder (NVLD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).
  • Aspergers Association of New England
    The Asperger’s Association of New England (AANE)’s mission is to foster awareness, respect, acceptance, and support for individuals with AS and related conditions and their families.
  • Autism Society of America
    The mission of the Autism Society of America is to promote lifelong access and opportunities for persons within the autism spectrum and their families to be fully included, participating members of their communities through advocacy, public awareness, education, and research related to autism.
  • Coulter Video: Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Explore this site to read articles written through a first-hand experience of a student with Asperger’s and his parents. Learn about the journey through his childhood and college years.
  • Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic
    This site provides information about clinical and research services at the Developmental Disabilities Section at the Yale Child Study Center, as well as publications on autism, Asperger Syndrome, and related disorders; lists of resources organized by state; and links with many clinical and research groups, as well as parent support or organizations and advocacy agencies.
  • OCALI
    This site provides research and resources about autism. They also offer training and provide a guide to assessment.
  • ASQuarterly
    A digital publication that provides up to date information about research, treatments, and care. Shares information about autism in lifespan stages.