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In this heartfelt post, autism mom Kim McCafferty talks about her experience building a special gingerbread house with her son. "He desires to begin at the top of his home and work his way down, and as I've never been one to insist on coloring in the lines, we alter our blueprint a little, an act we've committed time and time again in our family."

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Autism Speaks staff member and autism mom Marianne Sullivan trained the Stockton, Cal. police department on autism awareness and best practices when interacting with people on the autism spectrum.

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This is a post by autism dad Doron Somer, who identified abusive behavior by a bus driver towards his 17-year-old son with autism and decided to take action!

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Autism Speaks staff member and autism mom Denise Bianchi provides tips to help you and your family enjoy the holiday season! "We often put pressure on ourselves to make the holidays perfect, which is unrealistic. In the end, the most important thing to remember is that the holidays are a time to cherish one another and the joy of being together!

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Puberty programs from the Robert Crown Center for Health Education, funded by an Autism Speaks Family Services Community Grant, ease confusion and discomfort and help teens embrace the winding path to adulthood. Parents and teachers have been one hundred percent thrilled with the program and its resources.

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In this post, mom of seven Lisa Smith talks about the fine line when it comes to raising her son with autism: "I try hard to make his world “autism friendly” while at the same time challenging him to step out of his comfort zone and make his world a little bit bigger."

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"“What’s the hardest part?” And I didn’t even have to think about it. Other people."

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