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"He was laughing. He was happy. He was every other kid at the beach, and we were every other family—except we knew the invisible hurdle he had overcome."

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"The little boy that his siblings fretted over, advocated for and loved infinitely found his gift and agreed to share it."

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"We cannot live in fear of the next meltdown, otherwise our children would never experience the world."

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"I know today may have left you with so many different emotions. My parents had those same feelings when I was diagnosed with autism when I was 4. But my parents were able to get through that day and so will you. You will become a champion for your child and their greatest advocate they will ever have."

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"My brother is my daily motivation and inspiration. I never had to pick a platform for a pageant, my platform was decided the day my brother was diagnosed with autism."

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Being a state queen in the Miss America Scholarship Organization affords one a high profile and a “microphone” to be used as the winner chooses. I am using my microphone to increase awareness in special needs and, in particular, to focus on individuals with autism.

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"We are sitting on the floor of the living room, him on a towel, me kneeling beside him. He’s holding the Ipad, because I had a dream it would distract him and make this easier.

It hasn’t."

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"Dogs do not judge or react to someone who is different. They are always happy to be loved, owned and trained by anyone who provides them with the consistent guidance and care they need."

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