This letter is intended for relatives, friends, and hosts of holiday gatherings who might need a crash course in what to expect from their guest on the autism spectrum. The letter is written from the viewpoint of an individual with autism. For a PDF of the letter that you can print, click here.
Dear Family and Friends:
I understand that we will be visiting each other for the holidays this year! Sometimes these visits can be very hard for me, but here is some information that might help our visit to be more successful. As you probably know, a hidden disability called autism, or what some people refer to as a Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), challenges me. Autism/PDD is a neurodevelopment disorder, which makes it hard for me to understand the environment around me. I have barriers in my brain that you can’t see, but which make it difficult…
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