This Is Autism

Chances are you’ve heard of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Maybe you have a neighbor with autism, or perhaps one of your child’s classmates has been diagnosed.

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects a child’s social interaction skills, communication and behavior. It often means that a child’s brain works differently and can affect how kids understand and relate to others. True to its name, autism is a spectrum. This means kids with autism are unique.

More children have autism than all childhood cancers, juvenile diabetes, cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy combined. In fact, one in 68 kids in the U.S. is living with autism. And right here in Georgia there is one in 64 kids living with autism. That means there are 10 children with autism for every elementary school in the state.

That’s where we come in. Marcus Autism Center exists to provide care for kids with autism and give them the brightest possible future. For many families that have a child with autism, even the simplest milestones are something to celebrate. We set out to capture those special moments—the “little” things that they’re now able to do as a family after visiting Marcus Autism Center.