A Friend's Guide to Autism

A guide for friends of families affected by autism

The guide will provide you with an overview of autism, information about feelings your friend might be experiencing, tips to help you support both the child and family, stories of support and more.  

Sections include:

  • What is autism?
  • How your friend might be feeling
  • What to do when your friends child is diagnosed with autism
  • Supporting the child with autism
  • Stories of support

Autism Speaks is committed to increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism and their families and it is friends like you who help fuel this mission. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about what your friend is going through and how you can support his or her family during a challenging time. 

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