by Amy Tjaden News Editor


April is a busy month. Not only is it National Poetry Month, and the month in which we celebrate Earth Day, but it is also Autism Awareness Month.


Many families with autistic children choose to homeschool because they feel that public schools are not well equipped to work with the needs of an autistic child.


Current statistics show that 1 out of 150 children will be diagnosed as autistic. It is the fastest growing developmental disability. Early diagnosis and intervention can make a significant difference.


I came across this article about Karen Willis. The homeschooled teen recently gave a presentation to her local homeschool organization. Willis was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome when she was 4.


This inspirational teen is accomplishing more than one would probably expect from someone with autism. Her goal, and her parents’ hope, is that one day she’ll live independently.


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