Welcome to the Autism Society, Tidewater Virginia (formerly known as TASA)web site. We hope you find the information on this site useful.

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. 
Autism Society, Tidewater Virginia's mission of creating a world where persons within the autism spectrum disorder are fully included, participating members of their communities, is implemented.  We strive to increase community awareness, provide education for professionals and parents, and maintain supportive, informative networks comprised of parents, professionals, and community leaders.
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.

In March 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 68 births in the United States.  The spotlight shown on autism as a result of the prevalence increase opens opportunities for the nation to consider how to serve these families facing a lifetime of supports for their children.

Currently, the Autism Society estimates that the lifetime cost of caring for a child with autism ranges from $3.5 million to $5 million, and that the United States is facing almost $90 billion annually in costs for autism (this figure includes research, insurance costs and non-covered expenses, Medicaid waivers for autism, educational spending, housing, transportation, employment, in addition to related therapeutic services and caregiver costs).

Know the Signs: Early Identification Can Change Lives

Autism is treatable. Children do not "outgrow" autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes.

Here are some signs to look for in the children in your life:

  • Lack of or delay in spoken language
  • Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Lack of interest in peer relationships
  • Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
  • Persistent fixation on parts of objects

For more information please visit www.autism-society.org
Source: Autism Society of America
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Disclaimer: Autism Society, Tidewater Virginia is a locally funded organization serving families and professionals in the Tidewater Region of Southeastern Virginia. All information provided or published by Autism Society, Tidewater Virginia is for informational purposes only. Reference to any treatment or therapy option or to any program, service or treatment provider is not an endorsement by Autism Society, Tidewater Virginia. You should investigate alternatives that may be more appropriate for a specific individual. Autism Society, Tidewater Virginia assumes no responsibility for the use made of any information published or provided by Autism Society, Tidewater Virginia.