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"Around 80-90% of adults with autism today are unemployed or underemployed. Children with autism will grow up to be adults with autism and I cannot emphasize enough the importance of helping them find meaningful employment opportunities when that transition happens."

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In this post, autism mom Kim McCafferty shares her recent experience spending the weekend with a friend in Washington, DC, something she once never thought she'd be able to do as the mom of two boys on the spectrum. "I'll say it again. If you want to be the best possible parent, you have to take care of yourself. And that includes having fun."

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Last year, Autism Speaks awarded nearly $24,000 in funding to a nonprofit organization in Austin, Texas to empower 100 underserved Spanish-speaking families of children with autism through a 7 session Autism Course for Caregivers, monthly support groups, family fun days and supportive case management - all in Spanish!

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"Some of the positive traits of autism include both attention to details and exceptional memory recall. These gifts empower me to be an awesome story teller."

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"To overcome the lack of knowledge about girls with autism, we need to talk about it."

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"Often the people who become advocates in our community are parents who have children on the spectrum. Your advocacy reminded every single one of us that anyone can be an advocate."

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"Trying to see the world through Tate’s eyes is challenging at times, yet somewhat entertaining much of the time too. He has a unique perspective and often a surprising way of looking at things. Tate offers us advice and gives insight often. Here are some examples."

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