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What Are The Causes Of Autism?

There is no single known cause of Autism. Science suggests that there are likely several causes with strong links to developmental and genetic factors.


Although researchers have identified a number of genes associated with Autism, there is current consensus that no one genetic difference is shared by all people on the Autism Spectrum.  Researchers continue to explore causal factors, including other biological and environmental influences, in order to advance our understanding of Autism. 

Intensive research over the past 70 years has led to an understanding that Autism is not merely one condition with one cause. Rather it is a collective term for a range of shared characteristics which combine and interact in a way that is unique to each person, highlighting the importance of individualised supports and services.

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