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Jeanine even came out about her autism diagnosis to her friends in college who say they admire her more because of her openness.

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"We are so proud of him. He goes to school full time, has therapies multiple times a week"

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"Parents, who long before a diagnosis, may have dreamt of Christmas photos with Santa, trips to seek out the perfect evergreen, and Tonka trucks under the tree, come to accept a different reality. The Santa at the mall terrifies their child, a trip to a tree farm is out of the question, and that Tonka truck is only ever used upside down."

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"Now I realize that having autism has left me different from other kids, and that’s okay. Regardless of how “normal” I try to be, autism will always be a part of me. Not all of me, but still a part of me."

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Different viewpoints are natural, important and valuable in a complex undertaking like autism advocacy but it's essential to compromise, and find common ground, so that no individual or group in our community gets left behind.

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"Celebrate every victory no matter how small or large. Most important of all, love your child for who they are in their core of being, find that spark in their spirit and kindle it constantly.."

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Erin and Daniel Deely captured a special moment between their son Brayden and Santa Claus.

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For all that the coming year will bring, we’ll be by your side. Loving you. Believing in you. Learning from you.

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