Autism: Getting Started

This guide includes recommended resources on autism available in the Library and on the web.

What's in this Guide

This guide provides access to various Autism resources available through the Columbus State Library and on the web. The tabs above will direct you to key resources including, books, journals and articles and websites.

What is Autism?

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network defines Autism as: "Autism is a neurological variation that occurs in about one percent of the population and is classified as a developmental disability. Although it may be more common than previously thought, it is not a new condition and exists in all parts of the world, in both children and adults of all ages. The terms “Autistic” and “autism spectrum” often are used to refer inclusively to people who have an official diagnosis on the autism spectrum or who self-identify with the Autistic community. While all Autistics are as unique as any other human beings, they share some characteristics typical of autism in common."


In the video below, geneticist Wendy Chung (director of clinical research at the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative) shares what we know about autism spectrum disorder — for example, that autism has multiple, perhaps interlocking, causes. Looking beyond the worry and concern that can surround a diagnosis, Chung and her team look at what we've learned through studies, treatments and careful listening. -

NPR interviewed two students, James Carmody who has Asperger's syndrome and is a freshman at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Elizabeth Boresow, who graduated from the University of Kansas and also has autism, about their experiences in Higher Education. 

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