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April is national autism awareness month and autism in the African-American is often ignored from a lack of education about the disorder. Aundrea Caldwell is the mother of three with two autistic children who educated herself on the disorder and worked hard with her kids.

Caldwell’s first child Cameron was diagnosed with autism when he was in the 7th grade and she talks about the struggle for her and her son. “He’s kind of  stuck in both worlds,” explained Caldwell. “He really is struggling to find out where he fits in this world.”

However, she worked hard with her son and made a plan for his success. He is now in his second semester of college.

“Every Autistic parent can get a plan in place for their child,” expressed Caldwell. “You have to be in tune with your child’s development.”

Caldwell wrote a book called Wait! Did You Say Autistic?: A Mother’s Journey Of Acceptance And Advocacy that discusses her journey with her son and gives advice to parents with children with autism.

“I don’t want other parents to not speak up and advocate and get the support that they need and get that diagnosis,” explained Caldwell. “If you feel it in your gut that your child is developing slower than their peers go get help.”

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