Autism is a neurodevelopmental disability characterized by social communication and interaction challenges, as well as restricted and repetitive behaviors. For more information about autism symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and statistics, visit the CDC’s page on Autism.
Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Best Practice Guidelines for Screening, Diagnosis and Assessment PDF This publication provides professionals, policymakers, parents and others with detailed “best practice” recommendations and rationale for screening, evaluating and assessing individuals suspected of having autistic spectrum disorders. These guidelines are the product of nearly a year’s work by experts in the field of autistic spectrum disorders and are based on validated scientific evidence, clinical experience and clinical judgment.
For more information and resources, visit CAPTAIN (California Autism Professional Training and Information Network), a multi-agency network supporting the use of evidence-based practices for autism across the state.
The DDS Autism Spectrum Disorder Initiative was created in response to the increasing numbers of persons diagnosed with autism served by the Department of Developmental Services.
This report is an update of the 1999 Autism Report and provides information on the population on persons with Autistic Spectrum Disorder served by the California Department of Developmental Services through 2002.
UC Davis researchers in 2001 launched the first-ever major epidemiological case-control study of both genetic and environmental factors that may affect the development of autism, intellectual disability and developmental delay in children. They are aiming to study between 1,000 and 2,000 persons with autism and their families.
Last modified: April 12, 2021