It is the mission of the Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation to improve the quality of life of people affected by PMS worldwide by providing family support, accelerating research and raising awareness.
NORD is a patient advocacy organization dedicated to individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them.
Special Needs Network’s mission is to raise public awareness of developmental disabilities and to impact public policy, while providing education and resources to families, children and adults.
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.
The nation's source for resources and information on community-based solutions for individuals with autism, other developmental disabilities, and their families.
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is a public non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through Research, Medical Care, Education and Advocacy.
Cerebral palsy is not a form of autism.
According to the Mayo Clinic, cerebral palsy — which develops after the brain suffers severe damage before, during, or shortly after birth — causes problems with muscle control and tone, movement, and posture.
On the other hand, autism mainly affects behavior, speech, and social interactions. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the causes of autism are not fully known, but researchers believe that genetic problems may play a big role in how the condition develops.