Philadelphia (CNN)For most people, a visit to the doctor is fairly routine. But for individuals with autism, it can be a harrowing experience.
Autism causes greater sensitivity to one’s surroundings, so an unfamiliar or busy environment like a doctor’s office or hospital can be overwhelming. People with autism can have difficulties communicating, making it a challenge to answer questions or describe their symptoms to medical staff — so problems can be harder to diagnose.
Dr. Wendy Ross wants to remedy this situation. As director of Jefferson Health’s newly established Center for Autism and Neurodiversity
, she’s helping make health care more accessible to those on the spectrum.