Who can be autistic?

The way people talk about autism has changed a lot.

We used to call autism a lot of different things. Some people still use these words, like:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Autistic Disorder
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
  • Pervasive Developmental Disability Not Otherwise Specialized (PDD-NOS)
  • Atypical Autism

Today, we mostly just call it autism.