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The Missing Piece of Autism Awareness

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When people hear that my child has autism, it’s hard to tell who they are picturing in their minds. For most, it’s a duplicate copy of the person they have in their own lives who has autism.

It could be a neighbor who was diagnosed in adulthood and sometimes feels uneasy at parties. It could be a cousin who asks many questions and has hobbies considered unique.

It could be a TV character who solves crimes and goes to med school at 10 years old. It’s a thousand possibilities. Most times, though, I know they aren’t picturing my son.

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