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Autism 2023-07-11T10:12:37-06:00

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Autism means a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction, generally evident before age three that adversely affects a child’s educational performance. Other characteristics often associated with autism are engagement in repetitive activities and stereotyped movements, resistance to environmental change or change in daily routines, and unusual responses to sensory experiences. Autism does not apply if a child’s educational performance is adversely affected primarily because the child has an emotional disturbance as defined in 34 CFR Sec. 300.8(c)(4). A child who manifests the characteristics of autism after age three could be identified as having autism if the criteria described in 34 CFR Sec. 300.8(c)(1)(i) are satisfied. (34 CFR Sec. 300.8(c)(1))


Autism Society of America
Toll free: 800-3-AUTISM (800.328.8476)

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – Fifth Edition,
American Psychiatric Association, American Psychiatric Publishing,
Washington, DC and London, England, 2013
New Mexico Autism Society (NMAS)
505-332-0306 (Albuquerque)

The Autism Programs at the CCD/UNM
Toll free: 800-270-1861

Page last updated July 11, 2023