What parents need to know about detection of Autism Spectrum Disorder

By Marissa Sanchez

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(Graphic by Marissa Sanchez) 

Some may see autism as a problem that needs to be solved, but that is not how it is seen from those who are living with autism.

Social worker Judy Endow, an autistic author and international speaker, writes on her website, “Realize that autistics are measured against the majority ‘normal’ in order to get a diagnosis and, if young enough, early intervention. This measure is one of ‘less than’ as a diagnostic necessity, but please remember we are not ‘less than’ human beings. We have a diagnosis – not a flawed humanity. We have different operating systems. This means we may struggle with many of your ways and have to overcome many obstacles to fit into your world, but we are not less than – just different.”

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