What is Autism?

Posted on April 22, 2016

By Traci Cothran

Have you heard of it? It’sAutism Awareness Month– the Cairo Tower in Egypt, the Empire State Building in the US, City Hall in Tel Aviv, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and many other buildings around the world were bathed in the color blue on April 2 to raise global awareness of Autism.

So what do you know about this disorder? Are you up on the latest medical developments? No? Then grab that mouse and start looking in our Gale products for the answers!

Here are a few bits to pique your interest:

  • Did you know that Autism was apparent in people prior to the Civil War (but not diagnosed as such)? See 2016Smithsonianmagazine inGeneral One File
  • You may have heard of animal behavioral scientist and author, Temple Grandin, but are you aware of her widespread impact on the livestock industry? SeeBiography In Context
  • From ourGale eBooks(GVRL)collection, The Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disordersdelivers lots of authoritative information
  • Not sure how to approach the topic with younger kids? Try ourKids InfoBitsarticle, “Autism Spectrum Disorder,” (Diseases and Conditions, Gale, 2016) – it offers clear facts at an appropriate reading and comprehension level.

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