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"I lost 60 pounds, participated in basketball camps almost every day that summer while working on my gross motor skills at my OT’s office. Than when try-outs came again I made the team. 2 years later as a senior I was our team's varsity captain."

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This blog post is by Emily Travis, a senior at the Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac, Maryland. Emily has an older brother on the autism spectrum.

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The diagnosis can be intimidating and parents are sometimes unsure of where to turn or what to do. I don’t have all the answers. But I do remember the panic, fears, denial, and the distress I felt when my own son was diagnosed. I know now so many things I did not know then.

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"But today, after years of therapy, consistency, his own maturity, and love, he is all of those things and more. He loves his life. And we love him."

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"As a young adult with autism, I know what it feels like to have an 'over' sensory meltdown. It is not fun at all. It turns my emotions and day upside down..."

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"If you are reading this, please know that autism can’t define our loved ones and only we can define autism..."

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This Your Dollars @ Work post is about the Miami Children's Museum who were one of our 116 new recipients of our Autism Speaks Family Services Local Grants last month. These grants are awarded to service providers across the country to address the needs of people with autism across the lifespan.

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