It's crazy that I hadn't even heard of autism until my nephew Ford was diagnosed with Asperger's. At the time, he was the only kid I knew on the spectrum. When I met Kevin, I was introduced to his nephew, who has severe autism. So I knew one person on each end of the spectrum, but didn't know what the middle looked like. Now I have three kids with autism who are as different as can be from each other and are in between my two nephews. As they say, if you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism.
I was shocked to read that autism is now present in 1 in 88 children. That is why awareness is so important. I found this chart on autism while browsing pinterest. I think it's so helpful for parents who may be wondering if their child has autism or what it is that makes them different.