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If we could make John laugh, he would instantly pay attention, encouraging him to be more open to learning.

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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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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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"I didn’t connect with a lot of people, but I connected with my dad. Today, I am an adult and it is many years later, but I remember and am thankful for my dad..."

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Also to anyone on the spectrum, whatever you do, go out and prove what you’re worth to this world because you may be worth more than you think.

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This is a post for National Disability Employment Awareness Month written by Leslie Long and Dave Kearon, vice president and director of adult services at Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks, Rangam Consultants and WebTeam Corporation recently signed an agreement with DirectEmployers that will add almost 2 million job openings to TheSpectrumCareers.com.

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"I couldn’t have asked for a better person to share my life with than you..."

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