My friend Emily is the mother of Kaleb, who is 7 years old as of this episode’s air date. Kaleb has autism and Emily has so graciously offered to discuss her experience as a mother and caregiver of a child with autism. I admire so much about Emily and am in awe of how fiercely she advocates for her son. I appreciate the patience she elicits in describing the journey that she and her family have been on. As of this year in 2023, it is estimated that 1 in 36 children in the United States is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. It is very likely that you may know someone who has autism or their loved one. As you listen to this discussion, I invite you to consider what it really looks like to cultivate inclusion in your life and to realize that our differences, like neurodivergency, are just that: different; a neutral fact that makes us all unique.
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CDC: Data & Statistics on Autism Spectrum Disorder