In March 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, Canada, bioethics professor Wendy Chung spoke at the 30th annual TED conference.
Her talk, "Autism — what we know (and what we don’t know yet)" explored the roots and misconceptions surrounding autism. "Autism isn’t a single condition. It’s actually a spectrum of disorders,” says Dr. Chung, “and like it is a spectrum of disorders, it has a spectrum of causes.”
Dr. Chung says, "For some individuals, autism is GENETIC—they have one single, powerful deterministic gene that causes autism. And in others, it’s genetic and caused by a combination of genes and other factors.”