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Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month

April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month. This month, many of my posts will connect to autism spectrum disorder. 

Autism is close to my heart, because someone close to my heart is on the spectrum. My son was diagnosed in 2013, when he was eight. If I had to quantify it, he would be on the higher functioning end of the autism spectrum. What is the spectrum? This is a really great comic by Rebecca Burgess that does an excellent job of explaining how the spectrum works more like a color wheel, rather than a linear scale. 

I talked to my son about blogging for April, and asked his permission to talk about him and his experiences with autism. He was fine with it, but if he changes his mind, I will change the subject of my blog for April. It's important for him to know that he has ownership of this, not me. 
There is no cure for autism, and that's okay. Autism is really about how the brain is wired; it's who my son is. If he were "cured" he wouldn't be the lovel…

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