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Autism's First-Ever Patient, Now 82, 'Has Continued to Grow His Whole Life'

Autism's First-Ever Patient, Now 82, 'Has Continued to Grow His Whole Life'

Originally posted 01/29/2016 03:10PM

After a round of golf at the country club in Forest, Mississippi, one of the members bellied up to the bar and happened to see Donald Triplett, another golfer, approaching.

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Body of Autistic 5-Year-Old Who Went Missing During New Year's Eve Party Is Found in Canal

Originally posted 01/03/2016 10:10AM

The search for a missing 5-year-old boy with autism came to a tragic end on Saturday when officials found his body in a canal.

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'This Just Melts This Momma's Heart': Mall Santa Offers Sweet Words of Encouragement for Boy with Autism

'This Just Melts This Momma's Heart': Mall Santa Offers Sweet Words of Encouragement for Boy with Autism

Originally posted 12/09/2015 02:40PM

Landon, an 8-year-old boy with autism, doesn't typically open up, his mother says. But he had a lot to say to the RiverTown Crossings mall Santa Claus, whom he told he had autism.

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Birthday Cake Decorated by Employee with Autism Melts Hearts Everywhere

Birthday Cake Decorated by Employee with Autism Melts Hearts Everywhere

Originally posted 12/03/2015 02:40PM

One Michigan woman's act of kindness truly takes the cake!

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Kind Mall Santa Gets on the Floor for Boy with Autism: 'I Thought We Would Never Get Those Holiday Pictures,' His Mom Says

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Kind Mall Santa Gets on the Floor for Boy with Autism: 'I Thought We Would Never Get Those Holiday Pictures,' His Mom Says

Originally posted 12/03/2015 09:30AM

Erin Deely remembers the first time her son met Santa. He was nine months old, siting on the jolly man's lap and smiling.

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Inspired by Twin Brother with Autism, 14-Year-Old Boy Scout Builds 'Sensory Room' at North Carolina Middle School

Inspired by Twin Brother with Autism, 14-Year-Old Boy Scout Builds 'Sensory Room' at North Carolina Middle School

Originally posted 11/17/2015 03:00PM

Fourteen-year-old twin brothers Blake Deaton and Shane were born at just 24 weeks. They weighed 1.4 and 1.9 pounds, respectively, and were given a 50 percent survival rate.

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New Jersey Teen with Epilepsy and Autism Wins Right to Take Medical Marijuana at School

New Jersey Teen with Epilepsy and Autism Wins Right to Take Medical Marijuana at School

Originally posted 11/17/2015 11:10AM

Genny Barbour, a New Jersey teen with epilepsy and autism, will return to school full time after winning the fight to have the medical marijuana oil she needs administered to her at school, her mother tells PEOPLE.

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This British Barber Used Compassion – and Creativity – to Give a Haircut to a Boy with Autism

Originally posted 11/06/2015 01:05PM

A British barber went the extra mile to give his client, a 3-year-old boy with autism, a proper haircut.

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New Documentary Follows Three Girls with Autism as They Prepare for Prom: 'There's Nothing That They Can't Do'

How To Dance in Ohio: Inside the Documentary That Follows Three Girls with Autism as They Prepare for Prom

Originally posted 10/26/2015 11:15AM

While formal dances can be a source of anxiety for many teens – questions abound from what to wear to whom to bring – they can be particularly daunting for individuals on the autism spectrum.

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Meet Sesame Street's First Character with Autism: 'We Want to Create Greater Awareness and Empathy'

Meet Sesame Street's First Character with Autism: 'We Want to Create Greater Awareness and Empathy'

Originally posted 10/21/2015 09:25AM

Fuzzy favorites Grover, Abby and Elmo are joined by their newest muppet pal, Julia, a character with autism, in Sesame Street Workshop's new nationwide initiative.

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Filed Under: Autism, Sesame Street

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