The year of 2016 has had many ups and downs in communities across the globe. Luckily enough, the autism community in specific has shared a plethora of beautiful moments and stories promoting acceptance, inclusion, and awareness. Here were some of our favorite moments:

 

When a Disneyland staff member went to great lengths to help find the autistic owner of this lanyard

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When hundreds of people sent autistic teenager, Rebecca Prefontaine, birthday gifts and cards after seeing her celebrating her birthday alone

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When 6 year old Lex Camilleri stood up for her brother on the autism spectrum with this incredible letter

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When a FSU football player joined a boy with autism for lunch

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When Mikey Brannigan became the first American runner with autism to win the Olympic 1500 Meter Gold

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When a boy with autism saved an entire bus full of students

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When stores like JC Penny, Toys R Us, and Target offered quiet hours for shoppers with autism

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When this incredible teacher reminded Ben Twist, student with autism how incredible he is

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When a 220-mile run was completed to help raise autism awareness, by someone with autism

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When apps like Pokemon Go, and movies like Finding Dory promoted inclusion and acceptance.

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As a member and supporter of the autism community, you’ve made your contribution to help make this year one of our best. Join the American Autism Association’s movement to help make 2017 even better!

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