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By Mike Wuebben, Autism Speaks Chief of Digital Strategy

I remember what our pediatrician said about our newborn son Willem just before signing the discharge papers.  There’s something “not normal” about him, she said. 

Willem has been diagnosed with Moebius Syndrome, Duane’s Syndrome, strabismus, facial paralysis, hypotonia, cataplexy, narcolepsy, vertigo, sensory processing disorder and severe acid reflux among other maladies.   

Today contributer Susan Deland writes about the moment she realized how far her daughter had come.

"I took my 13-year-old daughter, Diane, to a Chinese restaurant the other day for lunch. We usually go to the take-out place in our town, but this time we went to the fancier sit-down place that we had never been to before.