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10 Things People with Autism Want You to Know

Here are things kids, teenagers, and adults with autism want you to know about our community.

 “If you’ve met one individual with autism, you’ve met one individual with autism.” - Stephen M. Shore

"Autistic people want love, relationships and marriage just like everyone else, and are able to maintain a successful marriage." – Anita Lesko

“Everyone has strengths and weaknesses – it’s important to work on your weaknesses – but even more important to develop your strengths.” – Jodi DiPiazza

One of the biggest challenges of being autistic is not autism itself, but how other people react to it. If you want to change lives, start by changing your perceptions of autism. – Amy Gravino

“Not all people with autism are like, we are different.” - Kenneth Kelty

Each individual with autism is unique. About one third of people with autism are nonverbal, but many can learn to communicate using other means such as visual supports (pictures), sign language and/or typing or pointing to pictures on a computer or tablet.

In the video below, Neal speaks through his iPad and he has someting important to say.

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The Autism Speaks blog features opinions from people throughout the autism community. Each blog represents the point of view of the author and does not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks' beliefs or point of view.