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Autism / spectrum disorders: Welcome

Resources regarding autism, Asperger syndrome, and other spectrum disorders.


The Resource Center on CCC's Columbus campus has a number of holdings on this issue. The list on the right contains most of the related books in our inventory.


This guide provides a starting point to research on autism, Asperger, and other conditions which are considered to be in the autism spectrum.

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Spectrum disorders

Puzzle pieces

The autism spectrum covers a range of disorders, and has been an especially controversial topic in recent years. Within the psychological field, the definitions and diagnoses of these disorders have been the subject of much discussion. The field's standard reference text, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), has significantly changed its entries for autism with each revision. Most recently (in 2013), the DSM reclassified several disorders under the heading of the autism spectrum. These include autism itself, Asperger syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, Rett syndrome, and a broader catch-all classification referred to as PDD-NOS.

Beyond the field of psychology, autism has received a considerable amount of mainstream exposure. Controversies have erupted about potential causes, questions of overdiagnosis, and viewpoints on appropriate treatment. The autism spectrum is an area of wide, diverse debate, and is ripe for research at all levels.

Image: Section of Autism Awareness Ribbon by flickr user Beverly

The world needs all kinds of minds

Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works — sharing her ability to "think in pictures," which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.

Please note that Grandin's most recent book, The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum, is available in our Grand Island campus library.

MLA Citation (replace red text with today's date, in same format)
Grandin, Temple. "The World Needs All Kinds of Minds." TED. TED, Feb. 2010. Web. 12 June 2014. <>.

APA Citation (replace red text with today's date, in same format)
Grandin, Temple. The world needs all kinds of minds. (2010, February). Retrieved June 12, 2014, from

This Is Autism

This is Autism follows Louis Theroux as he meets several autistic children and their families. He gets a close-up view of their day-to-day struggles with autism.

Embedded here is the first of three videos, entitled "Nicky: Autistic and Talented". After it plays through, see the other two videos, "Autistic Twins" and "Joey Has an Outburst".

MLA Citation (replace red text with today's date, in same format)
"Nicky: Autistic and Talented." This Is Autism. Discovery Fit & Health, 27 Aug. 2013. Web. 16 June 2014. <>.

APA Citation (replace red text with today's date, in same format)
This is autism. (2013, August 27). Retrieved June 16, 2014, from

More videos

More videos are available on the Videos page of this guide.