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"My 2-year-old son was recently diagnosed with autism. He stopped talking altogether at 18 months but I kept thinking, “There is no way my son could have autism.” It was always one of my biggest fears. But there it was, through many professionals I was told, its autism…"

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"I may be autistic, but I’m also a performer, theatre artist, professional playwright, writer, public speaker, advocate, and most importantly, a human being."

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"I know you don't understand why it means so much to me that my son has a friend. I know you are happy to play with a boy who is filled with life and laughter. I won't say thank you for being his friend, because I know you like him for him and not to get a pat on the back."

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"The saying, it takes a village is magnified when you have a child with autism and we have built a small army of family and friends who support us, love us, and want to see our son excel."

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"If you have autism you can achieve anything you put your mind to. I truly believe that there will be leaders who are autistic that will shatter glass ceilings and be successful."

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"As difficult as it might be at times, try to find it in your heart to forgive those who harshly judge you based upon any aspect of your autism spectrum disorder."

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"We are two weeks in and I am breathing a bit easier now. He’s surviving. Transitions can be hard for people with autism. I worried about everything. How would he manage the huge transition to High School?"

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There I was sitting in the office contemplating what my friends and family had said to me leading up to the appointment… “It’s just a speech delay” “All boys talk later than girls” “No, not your son, he’s so smart”

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