Raising a child with special needs can be an incredibly challenging, and oftentimes isolating, experience. In a world that often doesn't understand children who communicate differently, parents are constantly called upon to make sure their children's voices are heard. So in honor of Autism Awareness Month, we reached out to moms all over, including those at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders in Woodland Hills, California, to find out what they want people to know about their kids and others like them.
These are messages everyone needs to hear if we, as a society, are ever going to truly understand and help families of kids with autism; indeed, they could be the key to making sure these children grow up to lead happy, productive lives. The bottom line? As different as autistic kids might seem, they're still kids -- and they need our love and support.
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