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Awareness

The diagnosis can be intimidating and parents are sometimes unsure of where to turn or what to do. I don’t have all the answers. But I do remember the panic, fears, denial, and the distress I felt when my own son was diagnosed. I know now so many things I did not know then.

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Coaches Powering Forward for Autism was created after NCAA coaches Pat Skerry and Tom Herrion, whose sons are both diagnosed with autism, embarked on a mission in 2014 to raise awareness and advocate for the needs of families and individuals affected by autism.

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"But today, after years of therapy, consistency, his own maturity, and love, he is all of those things and more. He loves his life. And we love him."

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"As a young adult with autism, I know what it feels like to have an 'over' sensory meltdown. It is not fun at all. It turns my emotions and day upside down..."

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"If you are reading this, please know that autism can’t define our loved ones and only we can define autism..."

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As my son aged, I struggled with how to handle the limited nature of his interests, which were not often considered “age appropriate”.

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My son was a nonverbal child but through all his experiences he is talking so much more and it has touched this mother's heart to the core to see my baby progress.

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"It's not easy to explain to people what it means to be a sibling of someone with autism," Michael wrote, in a story about his life with Mary.

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