Getting the Truth Out
The young woman in this picture has autism, a debilitating developmental disorder that affects communication, socialization, and behavior.
The spots where she doesn't have hair on her head are because she pulled it out so much that it never grew back. Self-injurious behavior is a common symptom. It's easier to deal with her hair-pulling if her hair is cut very short.
The Autism Society of America (ASA) says that 1 in 166 people are diagnosed as somewhere on the autistic spectrum. They say that there is one autism diagnosis every 20 minutes.
Parents are devastated.
She can't speak, so this website is speaking for her and many others like her. Our aim is to portray some of the realities of living with autism.