This site hopes to compliment the many wonderful efforts and resources that are working and taking place every day in Orange County to make lives better. Autism in Orange County is the same but different than other places around the state, country and world.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Autism is a brain disorder that affects 1 to 2 in 1,000 Americans, 1 too often results in a lifetime of impaired thinking, feeling and social functioning-our most uniquely human attributes. Autism typically affects a person's ability to communicate, form relationships with others, and respond appropriately to the external world. The disorder becomes apparent in children generally by the age of 3.
So why Autism in Orange County?
For one reason there seems to be a lot of resources focused on Autism in our county. Yet, many of them are struggling and even more importantly, many are not widely known. Word of mouth and parent support groups dominate how information is spread. Resources like Autism News OC (www.autismnewsoc.org) provide great periodic newsletters that include a lot of information on research and assistive technologies are having a tough time getting support to continue their operations.
There are therapy groups, psychiatrists, ABA teams and advocates all over. You even hear ads for skills dealing with autism on the radio. Its tough to know who is legitimate and who is not. There are major resources like the Regional Center, but they keep doing more with less making it tough on families.
Finally, there are groups like Autism Society of America that has an OC chapter and TACA who is nationally based in OC. Sometimes even wonderful groups can be opposed and not meet everyone’s need. For example, there are camps that celebrate autism and do not think its right to talk about a cure. Then there is the vaccine debate.
On this site, we will not take sides, but we will hope to grow and become a trusted source of information and resources for the Orange County community. So please use the contact forms and share your opinions, thoughts and recommendations and help us get better information out to those who need it.