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The Theta Delta Chi program pairs “little bros,” who are young men on the autism spectrum, with “big bros” mentors from the fraternity.

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In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Autism Speaks is sharing 12 steps to help young adults and adults with autism find employment. Visit TheSpectrumCareers.com for a list of job opportunities.

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"People would bully or tease me at a younger age because with being on the spectrum I would say or do things out of the ordinary, have wig out moments from loud noises, have a hard time understanding jokes/sarcasm (which I still struggle with to this day) and some of those things I did were considered “different” from everyone else."

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Nish Parikh, founder and CEO of WebTerm Corporation, the company that worked with Autism Speaks to develop TheSpectrumCareers.com, shares what a positive impact the online jobs portal has had on workers with autism.

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Most thought what a great thing I did so that my son can have every chance in the world. Then there were some who were negative about it and couldn't believe I could do that to my son, he is so young, he looks perfectly fine and he will grow out of it and now he has a stigma that will follow him for the rest of his life.

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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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