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April 2

I have seen the struggles the families go through in home and in public just for their children to be accepted and understood.

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My name is Mike Anaclerio and I am the youngest of three. I live in the south suburbs of Chicago, and I am high school teacher. My sister Beth is the middle child and lives in San Diego, and my oldest sibling is Mary who had autism. Mary was 41 years old when she lost her battle with cancer in October of 2012.

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According to Autism Speaks, approximately one third of those with autism are considered nonverbal, including my son Finley.

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Levittown Schools MacArthur High School made this video and shared it with their students in anticipation of Autism Awareness Month in April.

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Restaurants in Fairfield, CT are helping to spread autism awareness on April 2 by donating a percentage of their food and beverage sales to Autism Speaks!

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Four years ago, April would come and go without much fanfare. I call this “the before”, which is a time when the most exciting event would be Easter dinner and the occasional egg hunt. Then December 6, 2011 happened.

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April is Autism Awareness month. And I'm going to be honest, I just don't know how to feel about that.

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