What is Autism?

Autism is a Neurotype and part of the range of natural variation in human neurological development.

Human beings have a diverse range of Neurotypes — “Neuro” meaning brain. This diversity in human Neurotype is what we call “Neurodiversity”.

Neurodiversity (“Brain Diversity”) includes other diagnoses such as Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder (ADHD), Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Down Syndrome etc. and is a part of nature’s normal biodiversity. This biodiversity ensures all species have healthy ecosystems to thrive in. Autism is a Neuro (“brain”) developmental (“process of developing”) difference and may therefore be on a different developmental timeline.

Autistics may avail of supports in different areas at different times in their life across their lifespan.

At ASNL we are proud allies of the neurodiverse community. We are very thankful to our community for their guidance on the revision of this definition, especially Bree Lynn Rossiter and K. Snow.

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Who we are

We are part of people’s autism journey; when goals are reached we cheer with families, when challenges arise we listen and work together for a solution. We provide connection, support and fun for Autistics, those who love them, and those who work with them.

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