Autism Nova Scotia Programs & Services

  • Library & Resource Centre
  • Ben James Autism Summer Camp
  • Autism Works Employment Program
  • Pre-Vocational training sessions-Autism Arts
  • Education Sessions & conferences
  • The Promise of a Pearl social enterprise
  • Autistics Aloud Quarterly Newsletter
  • Teen & Adult Social Programs
  • Autistic Self Advocacy Council – ASAC-NS

About Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological disorder which affects the way the brain functions. People with ASD experience difficulties with communication and social interactions and may have unusual patterns of behaviour, activities and interests. The term ‘spectrum’ is used to describe a continuum of severity which can vary from mild to severe.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong disability, but with early interventions and supports every person with ASD can learn to reach his or her potential. Here are a few facts:

  1. 1/68 children have a form of Autism Spectrum Disorder (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March 2012).
  2. Autism Spectrum Disorder occurs 4 times more often in males than in females.
  3. Autism Spectrum Disorder is not related to race, ethnicity, family income, lifestyle or parenting.
  4. There are many different treatment approaches but currently there is no cure.