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Autism Communities Seek To Move Past Awareness And Into Acceptance

Support across the lifetime, and across the spectrum, can create space for those on the autism spectrum in the community and bridge the gap from awareness to acceptance.


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Ayaan Agha loves playing puzzles, but his autism makes it hard for him to communicate and socialize. His parents say his inclusive school — plus lots of outside therapy — have helped him progress in pre-kindergarten.


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April is Autism Acceptance Month.

Autism is a complex, lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during early childhood and can impact a person's social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation.

While Temple Grandin, Dan Aykroyd, and other famous people with autism have shared their experiences, only a small glimpse into the spectrum of the disorder has been understood by both medical science and society.

Why is “high-functioning” problematic terminology? And when is intervention in childhood development recommended? Our experts answer these questions and more.

For more information on the autism spectrum, including support, check out the Autism Society of Texas at


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