The disability category Autism is an educational verification, used by public schools to identify individuals demonstrating behaviors consistent with the autism spectrum.

Differential Features of Autism Spectrum

  • qualitative impairment in social interaction and communication

  • restricted, repetitive, stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities

  • delays or abnormal functioning, with onset prior to age 3 years, in social interaction, language used in social communication, or symbolic/imaginative play