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What is Autism?::
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. With the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, all autism disorders were merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD. Previously, they were recognized as distinct subtypes, including autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome.
ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art.
Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age.
There are at least 2,942 people in Seattle each night who are unsheltered.
In the Seattle King County area, there are about 10,000 homeless people living on the streets or in shelters. On January 23, 2015, the street count of homeless individuals was 3,772, the number of homeless individuals in Emergency Shelters was 3,282, and the number of homeless individuals in transitional housing was 2,993, for a total count of 10,047 homeless people. The percentages by race of those living in shelters consisted of: African American 40%, White 31%, Hispanic 12%, Multi-racial 6%, Asian/Pacific Islander 4%, Native American 2%, with 5% unknown
At Team Winfrey, we strive to contribute to the health and happiness of our communities by making a personal, meaningful impact on individuals and families in need. Our focus is on those diagnosed with Autism, the homeless, and underprivileged children and youth. Autism affects 1 in 68 children, and the numbers are growing everyday. We also want to help low income families and schools with school supplies. We want to reach and give back in ways that form life long partnerships and help build and grow the community.