"Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears
during the first three years of life. The result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, autism
and its associated behaviors have been estimated to occur in as many as 2 to 6 in 1,000 individuals (Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention 2001). Autism is four times more prevalent in boys than girls and knows no racial, ethnic, or social boundaries.
Family income, lifestyle, and educational levels do not affect the chance of autism's occurrence." ~From
the Autism Society of America www.autism-society.org