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Welcome Students

We are pleased that you are interested in gathering information on Autism father and sonSpectrum Disorders (ASD). Geneva Centre for Autism is committed to linking students to current and accurate information about ASD. In this section, you will find answers to questions that are commonly asked by students, and references to other materials on ASD.

We can offer you opportunities to gain work experience through student practicum placements. The CHAP Program, part of, also offers opportunities for student employment.

Questions and Answers

Autism is a neurological disorder affecting communication, social interaction skills and behaviour. For more information, we recommend that you review our What is Autism section.
As recently as 10 years ago, the accepted rate of autism/ASD was four to five in 10,000. Since then the recognition of ASD is such that it is now widely accepted as being present at a rate of one in 165 individuals. You will hear some variation in the rate, but that tends to depend on whether the whole spectrum is being included or just autism, the most classic interpretation of this set of disorders.
If you have access to a college or university library, look at our Article List for articles you may be able to find in your library. You will find more information about articles and information packages in our Resources Section.
Geneva Centre has a Lending System of books and videos available to Supporting Members.
Supporting Members can borrow books and videos, as well as receiving reduced registration rates for workshops and training events run by the Training Institute. You may purchase a Student Supporting Membership online or by mail.
To ensure the privacy of the people we work with, we do not offer tours.
Due to the volume of requests we receive, we cannot meet with students or conduct phone interviews. We will answer 10 clearly written questions via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We attempt to respond promptly, but you should allow at least one week from the time you e-mail us to receive a response.
For other training events, visit the Training Institute. We are also hosting our highly-respected biennial International Symposium on Autism.
Geneva Centre for Autism has a variety of volunteer opportunities for students interested in working with people with autism. Visit Volunteering found under the Join Us tab for more information.
Yes, we are committed to providing meaningful and challenging student placements. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more information.
Our Resources section lists many related Web sites.