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Autism is still misunderstood. 8 parents share what you should know about it.

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Although 1 in 68 children in America have been identified with autism spectrum disorder, many people still don’t understand it.

Quick, what’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “autism”? It only happens to white families? It’s only an issue for boys? Kids with ASD have no emotions?

The misconceptions are everywhere. Even in 2016, some people are like…

GIF from “Modern Family.”

It’s one thing to read books or studies on ASD to correct those assumptions, but it’s another to hear it from the people who raise children with ASD. To that end, we reached out to a few of them.

Eight parents shared the one thing they wish people knew about raising a child with ASD.

1. I don’t want my child to be labeled.

Photo from Sonya, used with permission.

“We don’t say things like, ‘This is my asthmatic sister’ or ‘This is my cancerous uncle,'” Sonya told Upworthy. “Changing the language lessens the stigma and allows others to see they are a person before a diagnosis.”

2. My son is highly intelligent.

Natasha wants to quiet the noise she hears about the lack of intelligence of children with ASD.

Photo from Natasha, used with permission.

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