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Adults with autism

"My parents were told by professionals that I would never learn how to read, write, go to school without assistance, or even talk. Life has always been a challenge for me, and still is; but I'm not giving up..."

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"Whatever happens, just know that you are my biggest advocates and I couldn’t do what I’m doing today in my life without you..."

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Paul Morris, a 27-year-old self advocate with autism talks about growing up with autism at Autism Speaks 2015 National Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.

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The biggest challenge these adults face is that they are perceived as not seeking emotions, love and are categorized as being insensitive. On the contrary, they are often rich with emotions, but just don’t know how to express them...

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"Regardless, I wasn’t going to miss the Autism Speaks benefit – wonderful people and I was honored to be a part of this important event.” ~ Brad Pitt

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"The advice I leave for those with autism is this. Don't be afraid to express yourself still, you are still wonderful in every form. Find a strong core group of friends. Family will always be there for you."

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Kyle, a teenager on the autism spectrum who performs in a youth choir talked about his autism diagnosis and also sang a song dedicated to his mother at a program to celebrate kids with disabilities...

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