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Autism Europe, PERSONS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS Identification, Understanding, Intervention

Autism Europe, PERSONS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS Identification, Understanding, Intervention

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Documento oficial de Autismo Europa
Elaborado por:
Catherine Barthélémy
Joaquin Fuentes
Patricia Howlin
Rutger van der Gaag
Documento oficial de Autismo Europa
Elaborado por:
Catherine Barthélémy
Joaquin Fuentes
Patricia Howlin
Rutger van der Gaag

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PERSONS WITH AUTISMSPECTRUM DISORDERS
Identifcation, Understanding, Intervention
An AE ocial document on autism elaborated by:Catherine BarthélémyJoaquin FuentesPatricia HowlinRutger van der Gaag
This document has been produced with the support o theEuropean Commission. The contents o these pages do notnecessarily refect its position or views.For DiversityAgainst Discrimination
AUTISM EUROPE
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Autism-Europe is a European network o national, regional and local organisations o parents representingall persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and notably those who are not able to representthemselves.
The aim o Autism Europe is to raise awareness across Europe o the undamental rightsand needs o individuals with ASD, and to do so by promoting positive actions and policies.This document* responds to one o the undertakings o Autism Europe to the European Commission,i.e., to publish evidence based data derived rom European and international research which maylead to a positive impact on the everyday lives o individuals with ASD.
Scientic evidence now conrms that ASD are pervasive and lie long disorders, which afect thedeveloping brain and which are apparent rom inancy onwards. ASD is characterised by a triad o symptoms: impairments in social interactions; impairments in communication; and restricted interestsand repetitive behaviour. The maniestations o ASD cover a wide spectrum, and the condition can afectindividuals who are severely intellectually impaired as well as those who are o average or above averageIQ. ASD has a strong inherited basis, although the genetics are complex and are ar rom being ullyunderstood. It is becoming evident that ASD may result rom multigene interactions or rom spontaneousmutations in genes with major efects but the interaction between genetic and environmental actors isan area requiring much more intensive research.In 2008, scientic evidence indicates that there are very many diferent possible genetic, medical andneurological causes o ASD. Although some reports o possible causes are controversial, the aim o Autism Europe is to provide high quality inormation that truly advances the understanding o ASD. Forinstance, there is no scientic evidence showing a causal association between autism and vaccination;rates o early gastrointestinal disorders prior to diagnosis are not higher in children with ASD than in thegeneral population; there are no diferences in the urinary proles o children with ASD and a recentgroup control study does not justiy the use o casein and gluten exclusion diets.
Autism Europe wishes to express its sincere gratitude to the authors o this document. Thework generously achieved by these internationally renowned proessionals will permit a betterunderstanding o ASD and the needs o those afected by this condition. This document is destinednot only or parents but also or all proessionals who are involved in interventions or personswith ASD, and or European and national authorities responsible or the care o individuals withdisabilities.
* This document is an update o the Description o Autism published by Autism-Europe in 2000. The authors have not received anyhonoraries or this commissioned work. Autism Europe has not inuenced the content o this document.
FOREWORD OF AUTISM EUROPE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
AUTISM EUROPE
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