Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social groups and lasts throughout a person's lifetime. One in 100 individuals is diagnosed with autism, making it more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined.
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The Althea Foundation funded research through the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco, and The National Alliance for Autism Research on pediatric and adolescent neurobiological disorders associated with autism, attention deficit disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and depression.
Althea became an early supporter of Autism Speaks, which was created to sponsor autism research and increase awareness about the disorder.