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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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Very few childcare centers are structured to support children with autism. An Autism Speaks grant of $14,000 helped work to change that through training sessions for early childcare providers, as well as a curriculum focused on understanding the unique differences of children with autism and using best practices to support them.

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In 2014, Autism Speaks provided a grant of $25,000 to JFCS of Greater Philadelphia to develop a quality of life assessment for adults with autism. Assessing the quality of life of adults with autism allows service providers and family members to make sure they have access to the best possible services and can lead happy and fulfilling lives.

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In this heartfelt post, autism mom Lisa Smith explains how the definition of autism has changed for her since her son Tate was diagnosed 12 years ago. "When we first encountered autism, it frightened me like nothing I had ever known. These days, autism is just a quiet part of who our family is."

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"Even though my brother may not be able to talk to me, he has taught me to be grateful for the simple things."

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In this post, autism mom and educator Kamini Lakhani shares an open letter she wrote to teachers of students with autism after meeting a teacher at a party who she felt did not understand children with autism. Kamini also lists five tips for teachers to help better support students on the spectrum.

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"Sometimes people lack compassion because they lack understanding. I also believe it’s important to provide autistic adults like my stepson with more opportunities."

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