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Honoring the Unique Journey of Each Autistic Individual

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Autism is a “spectrum disorder.” It is very aptly named because although there may be several broad core characteristics, each individual is unique, so how autism impacts them is unique too, with varied strengths and struggles.

I remember several years ago chatting with a mom at an autism awareness baseball game. As another mama bear of an autistic child, she was thrilled to meet my then 14-year-old autistic son and me until she found out my son would not be in the autistic support classroom with her son.

My son’s “mainstream” education did not meet her criteria of him being “autistic enough” and her entire attitude changed, and she walked away.

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