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Beta Chapter alumnae and mother-daughter duo Dr. Christel Seeman and Samantha Seaba have been running Walt Disney World races and raising money for Autism Speaks every step of the way.

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"The saying, it takes a village is magnified when you have a child with autism and we have built a small army of family and friends who support us, love us, and want to see our son excel."

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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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That’s the thing about autism – it isn’t always glaring or obvious. These children don’t walk around with signs on that say “I have autism”. Their struggles are internal and they are often times misunderstood by their peers.

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I don't know if others understand the excitement I feel when Drake picks up a toy on his own and plays with it the way it was intended. Or when he said "mom" for the first time.

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"Even though my brother may not be able to talk to me, he has taught me to be grateful for the simple things."

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