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Autism advocates hope to foster awareness and acceptance

By Beth Adams, WXXI News

April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month. A local advocate says most people are aware of the condition, with one in 68 children getting the diagnosis.

But Rachel Rosner, director of education for AutismUp, says there's still room for improvement on the acceptance part.

Credit AutismUp.org

Rosner hopes people can move closer to understanding and respecting the rights of those on the autism spectrum to live and thrive in their communities.

"Sometimes you think you know what's going on with a person you see with their child walking down the street or maybe in the aisle of the grocery store. You might not know, so rather than passing judgment on something that you don't know about, we just want people to be open to the possibility that everyone is doing the best they can."

Read more at WXXI News.

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