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In this paper the author outlines some of the problems faced by families who have a child with an autism spectrum disorder and the role played by the Autistic Society of Trinidad and Tobago in assisting families to cope with this puzzling, heartbreaking and challenging neurobiological disorder. The prevalence of autism worldwide is high and now affects 1 child in 100 in the USA. In 2008 the United Nations designated every 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day.
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