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This article, in an effort to foster discussion on potential implications for weather communication
methods, seeks to provide for meteorologists a thorough overview and analysis of the
characteristics of Autism Spectrum Conditions. ASC impacts cognitive development and
communication ability, and although prevalence has increased steadily in recent years, little
attention has been paid to it by the weather community in discussions to improve overall weather
communication. With our analysis, we hope to communicate to meteorologists some of the
challenges faced by individuals with ASC, which may affect their receipt of weather
communication, and identify areas where potential research at the intersection of meteorology
and ASC may occur so that the weather preparedness needs of these populations can be more
effectively met. This paper argues ASC should be an important consideration for the weather
enterprise as many of its characteristics suggest that those with the condition are at higher risk
than others in times of dangerous weather.