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Lorri Unumb, vice president of state government affairs for Autism Speaks, travels the country advocating for families and individuals facing the challenges of autism. This is her ongoing series "On The Road For Autism Reform." 

A dozen years ago, I did not know what autism was.  My son with autism is 13 now and was diagnosed when he was nearly 2, so a dozen years ago I had only a passing familiarity with the word “autism,” not the deep, intense, all-consuming knowledge that permeates my every day now.

This blog post is by Steve (Pop-Pop) Gamet who, along with Evelyn (MumMum) make up the  very proud grandparent duo for Locke, a young boy with autism. Their daughter Kristy  has been previously involved with autism insurance reform in Georgia and just recently rejoined the grassroots team. 

I would like to introduce my special grandson, Locke. He is a wonderful, gifted little boy who has made amazing progress since he was diagnosed with autism at 18 months of age. He is now nine years old.

This blog post is by Ali Dyer, Assistant Director of Grassroots Advocacy. Her older brother Jeff is affected by autism.

‘Our 1 in 68 can’t wait so take 5 to advocate!’ is a slogan that has been drilled into brain by my colleague and friend, Shelley Hendrix. And it is true; prevalence numbers are rising at an alarming rate and we as a nation are not prepared to provide supports for individuals affected by autism. We are in desperate need of Federal funding to invest in research, treatment, training, and services for the autism community at large.