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This post is written by Nola Waill, an intern with Family Services at Autism Speaks and a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).  Nola is a student at Washington University in St. Louis as a psychology major and has a profound interest in developmental disorders.  Her background as an emergency first responder has shaped her perspective on autism wandering and has personally compelled her to spread the word on autism safety awareness.  

Jane Springer is the grandmother of twins, one of whom has autism. The post below is a letter from Jane to her granddaughter, Harper, whose twin brother Granger has autism. Jane is a certified life and wellness coach who helps parents and grandparents of children on the autism spectrumFor more from Jane, check out her website here.

This post is from Robyn Schneider, mother of Alex and Jamie, identical twins with autism. Robyn has devoted her life to researching, educating, advocating, and working endlessly toward improving the lives of her sons as well as those of other children and adults with autism. Alex (24) is in a contest to be featured on the front cover of Runners World, an international running magazine.

This is a post by Beck Miller, mom to 12-year-old Max who has autism. Max was nonverbal until the age of six and learned how to read and write at age 10. He now has his own traveling art show, Insight into the Autistic Mind, that explains what life is like on the spectrum through art and essays.

The post below is written by Lynn Balter, a parent, volunteer and board member of Kids Who Care. After Lynn presented to a large group of 7th graders at Cocopah Middle School in Scottsdale, Arizona, one student was brave enough to believe in herself and was able to tell her personal story to her peers. That day, those 7th grade students became a little wiser and definitely more accepting of kids with on the autism spectrum.