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Susan Walton, author of Coloring Outside Autism's Lines, was told she should mourn her son's autism diagnosis to "grieve for the loss of the child I dreamed of having."

While a diagnosis can surely be disheartening, it's no reason to imply a parent has "lost" a child. Children with autism are beautiful beings, possessing extraordinary talents, aspirations, qualities — unique characteristics to be celebrated. As Susan Walton says, "Coming to terms with a child's disability is not a party. No one enrolls for it...But along with the challenges our children bring joy and wonder to our everyday lives."

We must be conscious of the language we use to describe the emotions surrounding an autism diagnosis. Yes, it might be frightening; but children with autism aren't a loss at all. They're distinctive human beings that should be nurtured and appreciated.

Pledge to be mindful of the words you use when talking about autism.

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Jun 4, 2018 Madeleine Norris
May 29, 2018 Pilar Pérez
May 22, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 19, 2018 Martha Williams
May 7, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
May 2, 2018 Stephanie Ayan
Apr 29, 2018 Barb Quinn
Apr 7, 2018 Lisa vasta
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Feb 25, 2018 Deni Gereighty This is very important--words have power!
Feb 25, 2018 Jeanine Smegal
Feb 5, 2018 Janice Banks
Jan 20, 2018 Kevin Dahl
Jan 11, 2018 Catherine Jarvey
Jan 3, 2018 Jodi Ford
Dec 26, 2017 (Name not displayed) I am an autistic kid and I don't understand at all why some people seem to regard autism as a fate worse than death.I actually enjoy being on the spectrum!
Dec 18, 2017 Martha Reed I have ADHD and my brother has autism too. As many challenges as we both have, we're still really good, happy people.
Dec 13, 2017 Gloria Soto
Nov 14, 2017 Samantha Trosky
Nov 5, 2017 Phyllis Dupret
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Oct 27, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
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Jul 23, 2017 Brian Reynolds
Jul 11, 2017 Rebecca Carr I fully agree. Cody has taught me things that are priceless and that I could not know if it were not for him.
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 7, 2017 James Deschene
May 17, 2017 LOUIS SALTZMAN
May 1, 2017 Donna J
Apr 24, 2017 P D
Apr 17, 2017 Sabrina Degasperi
Apr 11, 2017 Laura Vanesa García
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Mar 20, 2017 Carol Boyd
Mar 20, 2017 kellyann morander
Mar 19, 2017 Teresa Tarin
Mar 18, 2017 Sibrina Russell
Mar 14, 2017 Carola Roy
Mar 14, 2017 Michele Dechert
Mar 14, 2017 Nigel Griffiths
Mar 13, 2017 Veronica Rehné
Mar 12, 2017 J.J. Green
Mar 11, 2017 Lynne Smithson
Mar 11, 2017 Susan Curry Please be responsible.
Mar 10, 2017 Ben Simons
Mar 8, 2017 Vanessa Bäßler
Mar 7, 2017 Nadezhda Stanimirova
Mar 7, 2017 Paul-Denis Clermont
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