The word Autism is first used by a Swiss psychiatrist named Eugene Bleuler in a 1912 number of American Journal of Insanity.
Autistic Traits Displayed
A child psychologist, Grunia Sukhareva in Russia wrote about children displaying autistic traits in a Scientific German Psychiatry & Neurology journal.
Louise Despert a psychologist in New York wrote about 23 cases of childhood Schizophrenia in which some symptoms resembled today's classification of Autism.
Classification of Autism
Dr. Leo Kanner (psychiatrist) at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore reported 11 child patients who displayed striking behavioral similarities.
In DSM-I, children with symptoms of Autism were labeled having childhood Schizophrenia.
National Autistic Society
The National Autistic Society is formed in North London.
Ole Ivar began his work on ABA therapy for children wit Autism.
Bernard Rimland published a book called "Infantile Autism: The Syndrome and its Implications for a Neural Theory of Behavior".
Autism Society of America
A group of parents of children with Autism had their first meeting of the Autism Society of America.
Sybil Elgar School
The Sybil Elgar School began teaching and caring for children with Autism.
National Society of Autistic Children
The National Society of Autistic Children's first annual congress was held in Washington.
Triads of Impairment
Lorna Wind helped develop the Triads of Impairment theory of the Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The Somerset Court became the first specialist center for people with Autism in the UK.
Education for All Handicapped Children Act
Education for All Handicapped Children Act was enacted. This protected the right, meeting individual needs, and improving the results for children with disabilities.
Research on Twins
A research conducted on twins found that Autism is largely caused by genetics and biological differences in brain development.
DSM-III included criteria for diagnosis of infantile Autism.
Portrait of an Autistic Young Man
A video of a young man with Autism is released.
DSM-III adds PDD-NOS
DSM-III adds PDD-NOS and adds more flexibility to diagnosing children with Autism.
IDEA- Autism is included as a separate disability category.
Public School Services
The federal government makes Autism a special category. Public schools began identifying children on the spectrum and offering children services.
Autism Network International
The Autism Network International is created by people with Autism.
More sub-types and symptoms are added to Autism diagnosis category in DSM-IV.
Cure Autism Now
1995 - 2007
Cure Autism Now is formed and later merged with Autism Speaks.
Dr. Hans Asperger described a different form of Autism known as Asperger's. His work began in Germany and was delayed by WWII. It took an additional 50 years to translate his work. Most of his work was not widely known until 1997.
Wakefield Publishes Paper
Andrew Wakefield published a paper in Lancet stating that he would no longer used combined MMR vaccine due to the risks of Autism.
The Inter-agency Autism Coordinating Committee is established by Children's Health Act.
Talk About Curing Autism
GRASP is formed (Global & Regional Asperger's Syndrome Partnership). An organization that is run by individuals with Asperger's and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
A website for people with Autism is launched.
Ari Ne' begins the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network.
Combating Autism Act
2006 - 2011
A CDC/ADDM report stated Autism prevalence is at 1 in 150 children for children born in 1994.
Autism Science Foundation
Started by Alison Singer
A CDC/ADDM report stated Autism prevalence increased to 1 in 110 children for children born in 1998.
1st Annual Autistics Speaking Day
Sparked by Corina Becker
Wakefield Loses Medical License
Andrew Wakefield loses his medical license and is banned from practicing medicine after his Autism paper is retracted.
1st Autism Acceptance Month
The first Autism Acceptance month (April) is organized by Paula Durbin Westby.
Loud Hands Project
Started by Julia Bascom
Thinking Persons Guide to Autism is started
A CDC/ADDM report stated Autism prevalence increased to 1 in 88 children for children born in 2000.
DSM-V combined Autism, Asperger's, Childhood Dis-integrative Disorder, and PDD/NOS into Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Autism Cares Act
A CDC/ADDM report stated Autism prevalence increased to 1 in 68 children for children born in 2002.
A CDC/ADDM report stated Autism prevalence remains at 1 in 68 children for children born in 2004.