What is Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? ASD is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committed to continuing to provide essential data on ASD, search for factors that put children at risk for ASD and possible causes, and develop resources that help identify children with ASD as soon as possible.
From birth to 5 years, children should reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act and move. Tracking and acting early. CDC estimates that 1 in 68 children has been identified with ASD based on tracking in multiple areas of the U. S.