Our bodies are incredible machines that are fueled by the foods we eat. Think of your body as a car and the food you eat as the gasoline. To be healthy and keep your body running smoothly, you’ll want to put the best fuel in the tank.

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.

Environmental Health

About one in six children under age 18 in the United States have intellectual, learning and developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders. Current research indicates that environmental factors may play a role in the growing numbers.


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.

Early Intervention

Early intervention (EI) refers to services provided to infants, toddlers, and pre-school aged children with disabilities. Services provided in early intervention may include educational, developmental, behavioral, communication, occupational, physical therapies, assistive technology, and other related services.

Aging Issues

Over the past several decades, medical and social advances have led to dramatic increases in life expectancy of individuals with developmental disabilities. While disparities remain, the average lifespan for the majority of individuals with developmental disabilities is comparable to that of the general population. Very little research has explored the aging experiences of older adults with autism spectrum disorders and their families.