What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development ( a spectrum disorder means there is a wide variation in how the disorder affects people). These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.
Autism spectrum disorder begins in early childhood and eventually causes problems functioning in society — socially, in school and at work, for example. Often children show symptoms of autism within the first year.
This a story of a young girl called Nana Yaa who had autism and is now a modal
She’s the girl with autism, but she’s not letting that stop her from chasing her dreams. 15-year-old Nana Yaa Ohenewa Kuffour has started the journey of being a model; defying every odd.
Nana Yaa is a brand ambassador with Verna Mineral water along with 2 other girls with autism, Maame Bema Baffour Awuah and Yacob Tete-Manon.
We need to accept autistic people for being who they are, and to enable them to feel like they can disclose the fact that they are autistic to others and be accepted for this.
One of the most common questions asked after a diagnosis of autism is what caused the disorder. Research has shown that there is no one cause of autism. Research also suggests that autism develops from a combination of genetic and non-genetic or environmental influences