Real Stories

Photo of Anita Lesko at work as a nurse anesthetist

Anita Lesko is a nurse anesthetist1 and a champion for people living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Mary Elizabeth and her family

“Our personal journey into this world of autism began just over eight years ago with the birth of our son, Perry. “

Alexis Wineman and family

Alexis Wineman is the first woman with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to participate in the Miss America competition.

Jack Cariello - Who Am I? A New Look At Autism

Let’s play a game, okay? I’ll give you a bunch of clues, and you try to guess who I am.

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