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“Please be kind to my parents and patient with me… I have autism and we’re all doing the best we can.”

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"I see there are so many gifts, many of which I would have overlooked had autism not been present in our lives."

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In this post, autism mom and martial arts world champion Cheryl Vance responds to a recent post about one of her students on the spectrum who has become a martial arts champion. "So, the reality is that my son will never be an Ethan…but no one will. And no one will ever be a Hunter. Everyone is different and everyone has gifts to offer the world."

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"We noticed that Lucas seemed to connect with the Blue Man closet to us. Lucas would laugh at him and clapped for things he did."

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"It’s been 12 years since I was diagnosed with autism when I participated in a study at New York University Hospital. Although I’ve earned the badge of veteran to my diagnosis, I still have days when I wish I had a tougher skin. My invisibility as a person with autism is due in large amount to the fact that I am female."

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Close to 100 people attended the event, which would not have been possible without the support of the Meltzer Group and the League for People with Disabilities who generously opened up their venue for guests.

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In 2014, Autism Speaks provided a grant to The Wiley Center to support their program that teaches young adults with autism the social skills needed to obtain and retain employment. The training was put to the test in the "real" world when 8 participants embarked on a job shadow opportunity at a major corporation in downtown Los Angeles.

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