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"Some of the positive traits of autism include both attention to details and exceptional memory recall. These gifts empower me to be an awesome story teller."

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"To overcome the lack of knowledge about girls with autism, we need to talk about it."

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"Often the people who become advocates in our community are parents who have children on the spectrum. Your advocacy reminded every single one of us that anyone can be an advocate."

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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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