Voluntary health organizations active in the prevention or treatment of autism, a developmental disability, usually evident by age three, which affects a childs ability to communicate, understand language, play and relate to others.
Key words: Aspergers Disorder; Autistic Disorder; Childhood Disintegration Disorder; Pervasive Developmental Disorder;
Scope notes: Voluntary Health Agencies provide patient assistance and family support, community services, public and professional education, medical research support, and health-related advocacy.
USE E86 Patient & Family Support for disease-specific organizations that provide only patient & family support.
USE N20 Camps for organizations that provide camping opportunities targeting ill children and youth.
USE the P80 Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations for organizations that provide social services for patients and family of people with health conditions.