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"This is Owen, he is 15 and his sister, Ellie is 11. Daddy and Ellie are trying to get just one word out of Owen! He will try to do anything for french fries 🍟" ~ @autismmomdubai #LightItUpBlue 💙
"Thank u for constantly showing me that autism has NO boundaries and that you’re capable of anything you set your mind to. It’s funny because I grew up looking up to you as guidance, but as we grew older things changed and I took the role as your 'older brother' who’s here to love and protect you. Continue being yourself and continue making me proud everyday you fluffy old bear🐻🖤" ~ @dannnysauce on his brother @armandosaucedo9213 #LightItUpBlue 💙
"This is Gabe having to say goodbye to his babysitter, Gaby until she returns for Thanksgiving break from college. It was heartbreaking and beautiful to see him show so much emotion and try to sing and talk to her as she was saying goodbye. He wouldn’t let go of her or let her have her keys." ~ @nicolegottesmann @gaby_rose13 💙 #LightItUpBlue
"This is my son Jonah. He is 6 years old and was diagnosed with autism in February of 2016. He challenges me every day to be a better father. I’ve been amazed at the progress he’s made over the last few years with the help of ABA therapy, school and of course, his amazing mom. Jonah is going to do amazing things in this world and I’m glad to be on the journey." ~Michael #LightItUpBlue #AutismDad 💙
"My experience as a stepdad to Ayden is AMAZING. I've never experienced raising a child on the spectrum. It has been one of the best experiences ever. I love every moment; from when he wakes up and smiles to his stories about Godzilla and Pokémon before he goes to sleep. I thank god for putting him my life, he has changed my life for the better." ~Michael #LightItUpBlue #AutismDad 💙
"I am a proud father of a son named Cade. Cade has autism. Cade has love. Cade has soul. And to those that think I should place Cade in a home, Cade has a home. I write about life in our home on a blog called 'Squeeze the Spaceman's Taco.' Why the odd title? It's just one of Cade's unique phrases we call 'Cadeisms'" ~Kelly #LightItUpBlue #AutismDad 💙
"My 9 year old daughter has autism and Down syndrome. Because of my daughter, I (along with my brother Paul) opened Team GUTS which is a year round fitness and sports facility located in Ferndale Michigan. It's a place where those with autism can feel at home and experience everything that their peers experience." ~Todd #LightItUpBlue #AutismDad 💙
"This is my daughter Jada who has autism and is also nonverbal. I accompanied her to her prom. When they say it can't be done!" ~Jay Jay #LightItUpBlue 💙
“Jaxson just celebrated his 6th birthday and has autism.  He has had a tough road this year in kindergarten but with the help of the school staff and his teacher, we got him through.  He also managed to make kindergarten honor roll all year. We are so proud of him. Through the good days and bad days, he made it!” ~ @monicapmusic #LightItUpBlue 💙
"Liam is a 3 year old little boy who loves dinosaurs and anything with wheels. He is very loving, curious and playful. He might not be able to talk, but he’ll make sure to let you know when he wants something. Liam was diagnosed with autism, sensory processing disorder and other health conditions. Not a lot of people see this side of sensory processing disorder." ~@Hope4LiamCruz #LightItUpBlue 💙
"Within two short years, we went from 0 autism diagnoses to 2 autism diagnoses. My boys both have nonverbal autism (although I like to think of it as pre-verbal because it leaves room for hope!). Together they are working on meeting their goals and learning new things like spelling, reading, and counting. They love swimming, horseback riding, and swinging. Raising two on the spectrum definitely has its fair share of challenges, but it is always incredibly rewarding and wonderful!" ~Megan Hufton #LightItUpBlue 💙
"This is autism! This is our life 24/7, it isn’t Sesame Street or Rain Man, it’s constantly changing batteries in this toy, it’s making sure his gloves protect his skin from the constant bangs, it’s a constant loud scream rather happy or mad. This is autism in our home." ~ @teamlongmom #LightItUpBlue 💙