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What teens need to know about autism

July 06, 2015

Chicago-based news website, written by and for teens, highlighted some important facts about autism that young adults should know. 

  • 63 percent of autistic children report being bullied, according to a 2012 study from the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore and John Hopkins University.
  • Autism is a spectrum: some people might experience mild effects and never be diagnosed, while others require special accommodations throughout their lives.
  • Autism is a neurological disorder, not a physical or emotional disorder, meaning that you can’t infer autism by looking at someone.

Autism Speaks' director of Family Service Projects, Ali Watters, offered her advice.

“It is important to think of (these students) as intelligent, even if language or behavioral difficulties do not reveal abilities in the way you expect,” she said.

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