Who are we?
- Formed in 1981, the Autism Society, Tidewater Virginia is a grassroots organization in the Tidewater, Virginia Region and beyond to include the Peninsula. Autism Society, Tidewater Virginia was established to help improve the lives of all affected by autism and does this by increasing public awareness, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information on treatment,education, research and advocacy. Autism Society, Tidewater Virginia is the local affiliate of the oldest and largest autism-specific member organization, The Autism Society of America.
What is Autism?
Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a "spectrum disorder" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.