Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and Autism Spectrum Disorder are neurodevelopmental conditions that are characterized by:

  • Difficulties in social interaction
  • Developmental delays or persistent difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Restricted repetitive and stereotyped interest

These conditions are usually present in early childhood (before 3 years of age), but may go undetected, undiagnosed, or misdiagnosed for many years.

The ASCEND Program is currently working to develop new treatments for verbal adults with autism spectrum disorders.  You can find more about this initiative by reading about the Perspectives Program.


Parts of the Brain Affected by Autism