Fact Sheets

Autism NOW Center’s fact sheets on topics of importance to people with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities are a resource you and your family members can use to get information in an easy-to-read and understand format.


Full inclusion and supporting self-determination for individuals with autism also encompasses intimate relationships. Having a full understanding of how to discuss and prepare for all facets of a sexual life is part of keeping the promise of full inclusion.

Succeeding As a Parent with a Disability

There are many harmful myths about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities being parents. Best practices demonstrate how parents with disabilities can learn the skills they need as parents.

Dual Diagnosis

Some individuals with autism spectrum disorder may also have one or more other disabilities. This section covers this topic and provides insight on early identification and intervention.

Types of Support Available for Families with Members Living With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Support for individuals living with disabilities begins at home. Whether it’s through support groups, online discussion forums or in-house care, families also require some type of assistance to help their members living with autism spectrum disorder and other disabilities. These resources and support networks can help reunite, preserve, strengthen, and maintain families in their home communities.

Dating and Relationships

People living with an autism spectrum disorder still desire friendships and relationships. However, people who have disabilities often have trouble forming relationships for a variety of reasons.


So many people with disabilities dream of getting married, but like everyone else with the same dream, challenges can arise. Resources include real-life stories of individuals with developmental disabilities on their paths to marriage.


Individuals with disorders on the autism spectrum may find it difficult to engage with people with whom they would like to be friends. This social relationship can be very important in people’s lives, and there are many ways to learn about starting, maintaining and building long-lasting friendships.

Military Families

More than 100,000 military families have members with special needs. These include spouses, children, or dependent parents who require special medical or educational services. Whether it’s a parent’s upcoming deployment or relocating to a new duty station, these major changes can often be difficult for everyone, especially those with disabilities.

Resources for Families Who Have Multiple Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

There are many families who have more than one child living with autism spectrum disorder and/or other disabilities. There are resources and supports for families with more than one child living with an ASD.