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Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), commonly referred to as “autism”, are complex disorders of development that first become noticeable in early childhood. Children with autism often have a hard time relating to and communicating with other people, experience difficulty in social situations, and have repetitive behaviors and unusual interests.

Most autism-related activities in the California Department of Public Health take place in the California Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (CADDRE), within the Environmental Health Investigations Branch (EHIB). CADDRE conducts public health research on how often autism occurs and what factors contribute to it.

Parents who are concerned about their child's development should consult their pediatrician or see a developmental specialist. Information on services for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders is available through the California Department of Developmental Services, local Regional Centers, and through local medical providers (see Resources listed below).

For more information on Autism Spectrum Disorders, you may contact us at autism@cdph.ca.gov, or call 866-470-6115.

Para información sobre el autismo en español, escríbanos a autism@cdph.ca.gov o llame a CADDRE Educadora de Salud, 866-470-6115.  

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