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Today is World Autism Awareness Day. The color is blue.

Do more than be aware.

Hire a person with autism.

Befriend a person with autism. Will’s first friend in fifth grade meant the world to him, and to us. Many befriended him in high school and in the church youth group. Mary had more difficulty making friends.

Befriend their parents; having a child with autism can be very isolating. Befriend their siblings.

Support autism research and autism support groups.

Provide respite if you can, or a meal. Raising children with autism is exhausting and at times, lonely.

Maybe they ought to change the name to World Autism ACTION day.

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