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Although the holidays are a wonderful time to spend visiting with family and friends, holiday travel can be stressful for many individuals with autism and their families. Even driving to visit relatives can become a complicated endeavor. However, with a little planning you can make car trips go more smoothly for a car trip during the holidays!

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In time for the holidays, Autism Speaks has donated 1,176 iPads to financially disadvantaged individuals with autism of all ages and abilities in all 50 states, bringing the total distributed since 2011 to just under 3,000.

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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 for health educators 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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