Autism is a complex, lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during early childhood and can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects people differently and to varying degrees.

By the virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 711 s. 1996, signed by former President Fidel Ramos, the NATIONAL AUTISM CONSCIOUSNESS WEEK is observed every third week of January.