I'm a Ugandan-American in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and the oldest of my two brothers, Mark, is on the spectrum. The Center for Disease Control estimates that autism affects 1 in 68 children in the United States. Yet for more years than I can count, I've searched for a community to share the reality of having a loved one with autism — a reality that isn't censored for mainstream relatability, inspiration, or a neat conclusion without question marks.
Between the lines of practical educational tools, long-winded research, and parenting forums, there are untold stories about lives touched by autism. From the anxieties I thought were unspeakable to the advocates abroad with not-so-foreign experiences with autism, our profiles capture the colorful ways autism awareness shapes who we are.
These are the stories I've always needed to hear and the questions I've always wanted to ask. And autism articulated shares them with you, with no holds barred.