Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. Some people with ASD have a known difference, such as a genetic condition. Other causes are not yet known. Scientists believe there are multiple causes of ASD that act together to change the most common ways people develop. We still have much to learn about these causes and how they impact people with ASD.

People with ASD may behave, communicate, interact, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. There is often nothing about how they look that sets them apart from other people.  The abilities of people with ASD can vary significantly. For example, some people with ASD may have advanced conversation skills whereas others may be nonverbal. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others can work and live with little to no support.1

As the abilities of people with ASD can vary significantly, having the Here I Am App on their phone could be beneficial. Obviously, someone high on the spectrum would probably not carry a cell phone, but someone lower on the spectrum probably could and would. What does this mean to you? By purchasing the Here I Am App for a loved one low on the ASD spectrum, you’ll be letting them know that any time they’re in need you’re available to them through the Here I Am App. With the Here I Am app on their phone, they’ll be able to reach out to you. And with the emergency message providing you with a map and their exact GPS location, you’ll be able to send emergency services, if necessary, to where they are. And of course, if you’re able, you’ll be able to get to them too. As the Here I Am App is only $1.99 USD, download it for them. By doing so, you’ll be letting them know that you care – that they matter to you, especially in their time of need.

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  1. – Accessed Oct. 4, 2022