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Autism

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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It is possible that the main title of the report Autism is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.

Synonyms

  • Infantile Autism
  • Kanner Syndrome

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Autism is a lifelong, nonprogressive neurologic disorder typically appearing before the age of thirty months. It is characterized by language and communication deficits, withdrawal from social contacts and extreme reactions to changes in the immediate environment. About 75 percent of children with autism have low scores on standardized intelligence tests. The outlook for independent living may be improved with intensive training.

Resources

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
Tel: (914)997-4488
Fax: (914)997-4763
Tel: (888)663-4637
Email: Askus@marchofdimes.com
Internet: http://www.marchofdimes.com

National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
Attn: Marion Mealing
9605 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
USA
Tel: (240)403-1901
Fax: (240)403-1909
Email: ffcmh@ffcmh.org
Internet: http://www.ffcmh.org

National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse
1211 Chestnut Street
Suite 1207
Philadelphia, PA 19107-6312
USA
Tel: (215)751-1810
Fax: (215)636-6312
Tel: (800)553-4539
Email: info@mhselfhelp.org
Internet: http://www.mhselfhelp.org

Mental Health America
2000 N. Beauregard Street, 6th Floor
Alexandria, VA 22314-2971
USA
Tel: (703)684-7722
Fax: (703)684-5968
Tel: (800)969-6642
TDD: (800)433-5959
Email: infoctr@mentalhealthamerica.net
Internet: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/

Autism Society of America
4340 East-Way Hwy
Suite 350
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tel: (301)657-0881
Fax: (301)657-0869
Tel: (800)328-8476
Internet: http://www.autism-society.org

PHP - Parents Helping Parents, Inc.
Sobrato Center For Nonprofits San Jose
1400 Parkmoor Avenue,
Suite 100
Santa Clara, CA 95126
USA
Tel: (408)727-5775
Fax: (408)286-1116
Tel: (866)747-4040
Email: info@php.com
Internet: http://www.php.com

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
3803 N. Fairfax Drive
Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22203-
Tel: (703)524-7600
Fax: (703)524-9094
Tel: (800)999-6264
TDD: (703)516-7227
Email: membership@nami.org
Internet: http://www.nami.org

Autism Services Center
929 4th Avenue
Second Floor
Huntington, WV 25710-0507
Tel: (304)525-8014
Fax: (304)525-8026
Internet: http://www.autismservicescenter.org/

NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
Health Science Writing, Press, and Dissemination Branch
6001 Executive Boulevard
Room 8184, MSC 9663
Bethesda, MD 20892-9663
Tel: (301)443-4513
Fax: (301)443-4279
Tel: (866)615-6464
TDD: (301)443-8431
Email: nimhinfo@nih.gov
Internet: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml

NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
P.O. Box 5801
Bethesda, MD 20824
Tel: (301)496-5751
Fax: (301)402-2186
Tel: (800)352-9424
TDD: (301)468-5981
Email: me20t@nih.gov
Internet: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/

NIH/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
31 Center Drive, MSC 2320
Communication Avenue. Bethesda, MD 20892-3456
Tel: (301)402-0900
Fax: (301)907-8830
Tel: (800)241-1044
TDD: (800)241-1105
Email: nidcdinfo@nidcd.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov

National Autistic Society
393 City Road
London, Intl EC1V 1NG
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7833 2299
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7833 9666
Email: nas@nas.org.uk
Internet: http://www.autism.org.uk

Autism Network International
PO Box 35448
Syracuse, NY 13210-5448
USA
Tel: (315)476-2462
Fax: (315)425-1978
Email: jisincla@syr.edu
Internet: http://www.autreat.com/

Autism Research Institute
4182 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116
Tel: (619)281-7165
Fax: (619)563-0915
Email: matt@autism.com
Internet: http://www.autism.com

OASIS @ MAAP
Email: info@aspergersyndrome.org
Internet: http://www.aspergersyndrome.org/Home.aspx

NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
31 Center Dr
Building 31, Room 2A32
MSC2425
Bethesda, MD 20892
Fax: (866)760-5947
Tel: (800)370-2943
TDD: (888)320-6942
Email: NICHDInformationResourceCenter@mail.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/

Organisation For Anti-Convulsant Syndrome
PO Box 772
Pilling
Preston, Intl PR3 6WW
UK
Tel: 01253 790022
Fax: 01253 790022
Email: janet.oacs@o2.co.uk or tegs78@ntlworld.com
Internet: http://www.oacs-uk.co.uk/

Birth Defect Research for Children, Inc.
800 Celebration Ave, Suite 225
Orlando, FL 34747
USA
Tel: (407)566-8304
Fax: (407)895-0824
Email: staff@birthdefects.org
Internet: http://www.birthdefects.org

MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
USA
Tel: (920)336-5333
Fax: (920)339-0995
Tel: (877)336-5333
Email: mums@netnet.net
Internet: http://www.netnet.net/mums/

R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids)
3527 Fortuna Ranch Rd
Encinitas, CA 92024
USA
Tel: (858)395-5421
Fax: (858)756-0431
Email: info@celiackids.com
Internet: http://www.celiackids.com

New Horizons Un-Limited, Inc.
811 East Wisconsin Ave
P.O. Box 510034
Milwaukee, WI 53203
USA
Tel: (414)299-0124
Fax: (414)347-1977
Email: horizons@new-horizons.org
Internet: http://www.new-horizons.org

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/EmailForm.aspx
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD

Geneva Centre for Autism
112 Merton Street
Toronto, Ontario, M4S 2 Z8
Canada
Tel: 416-322-7877
Fax: 416-322-5894
Email: info@autism.net
Internet: http://www.autism.net

Madisons Foundation
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Tel: (310)264-0826
Fax: (310)264-4766
Email: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
Internet: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org

Autism Speaks
1 East 33rd Street
4th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Tel: (212)252-8584
Fax: (212)252-8676
Email: contactus@autismspeaks.org
Internet: http://www.autismspeaks.org

Global and Regional Asperger's Syndrome Partnership (GRASP)
666 Broadway, Suite 830
New York, NY 10012
Tel: (888)474-7277
Fax: (888)474-7277
Email: info@grasp.org
Internet: http://www.grasp.org

PLAN Institute for Caring Citizenship
Suite 260 - 3665 Kingsway
Vancouver
British Columbia, V5R 5W2
Canada
Tel: 604-439-9566
Fax: 604-439-7001
Email: inquiries@planinstitute.ca
Internet: http://www.planinstitute.ca/?q=learnfromus/library

Medical Home Portal
Dept. of Pediatrics
University of Utah
P.O. Box 581289
Salt Lake City, UT 84158
Tel: (801)587-9978
Fax: (801)581-3899
Email: mindy.tueller@utah.edu
Internet: http://www.medicalhomeportal.org

For a Complete Report

This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. ® (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be obtained for a small fee by visiting the NORD website. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational treatments (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, see http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdblist.html

The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

Last Updated:  1/8/2007
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