REACH is the Bahamas resource and Educational source for Autism and other related challenges in the Bahamas. A non-profit organization we aim to provide parents with comprehensive knowledge and tools in all areas of this neurobiological disorder.
Autism has quickly become one of the fastest and more common of the neural biological disorders which is often characterized by impaired social interaction and communication. Our goal is to help you discover more of what Autism is, what are the effects and how it can affect you.
What is Autism?
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person’s lifetime. It is characterized by varying degrees of impairment in communication skills and social abilities, and also by repetitive behaviours. Symptoms range from very mild to severe. There is no “cure” yet for autism, but early diagnosis and intervention improves outcomes. With appropriate specialized education, behavioural and biomedical interventions coupled with an understanding community and adequate support services most persons with autism can become productive, happy citizens
How Common is Autism?
Autism occurs in all racial, ethnic and social groups and is four times more common in boys than girls. Approximately 67 million persons worldwide are affected by autism making it the world’s fastest growing serious developmental disability. In 2008 to raise global awareness the United Nations designated April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day in perpetuity. A Center for Disease control study indicated that one in 88 children born today will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder
Reach Bahamas has a wide variety of social activities throughout the year to make the public more socially aware of Autism within the islands. Find out more of what we have done and what we are planning for the future.