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Valuing Autism

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Last week I was asked to write a guest post for an organisation that works with Autistic people around the world. They gave me a brief to write about a topic I'm passionate about in a way that takes into account my experience as an Autism App creator, advocate and trainer working in Australia and UK/Ireland. So I did what I always do when on a deadline: I cleaned my house. I vacuumed and mopped and tried to think about the brief, while my brain kept pondering this: "Where is my son going to go when he leaves school, and why is it so hard for people to see his value as a person with autism, rather than his cost?" Then I saw this article:  "The Lifetime cost of Autism" published by Time Magazine which uses this quote: "David Mandell, director of the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research at the University of Pennsylvania, who points out that not enough of the debate about autism’s toll includes consideration of the indirect consequences of …