What is Autism?

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.

Who We Are

The Panhandle Autism Society (PAS) is a chapter of the Autism Society of America.
We are headquartered in Coeur d’ Alene, ID and serve the five northern counties of Idaho. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and our funding comes from donations, fundraising events and foundation grants.

Guiding Principles

The Autism Society’s efforts are focused on meaningful participation and self-determination in all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

The Autism Society promotes individual, parental and guardian choice to assure that people on the autism spectrum are treated with dignity and respect.

Approximately 1.5 million Americans live with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 1 in 68 children have ASD, making it the fastest growing developmental disability in the country.