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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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"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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