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Football Great Doug Flutie’s Parents Both Die Of Heart Attacks Hours Apart

Former Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie, who overcame much adversity to play professional football as a quarterback in the Canadian Football League, USFL and NFL has also endured much adversity in his personal life as well.

His son, Doug Flutie, Jr., was born autistic and the elder Flutie has since spearheaded efforts to raise money and awareness for a cure for autism.

Earlier today, another unbelievable tragedy struck the family.

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My Mostly Non-Verbal Son Said Something I Thought I’d Never Hear

My son has autism and is mostly non-verbal. He can use echolalia at times (mimic what someone else is saying) but, for the most part, he doesn't speak unless he's asking for something. We use a folder to communicate with the teacher daily. What the teacher says he said the other day had my wife and I in stitches.

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My Son Plays with a Jack-in-the-Box for the First Time [VIDEO]

My son loves toys, but doesn't play with most of them for an extended period of time. But the ones he loves, he'll play with all day if we let him. I didn't quite know what to expect when I showed him a jack-in-the-box. His reaction was priceless.

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Today, April 2, is Autism Awareness Day, and None More Aware than I

They reserve the month of April as Autism Awareness Month, but make April 2 Autism Awareness Day. None is much more aware than I am, as two of my three children have been diagnosed with autism.

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Car Wash Employs People with Autism. “They Have a Great Eye for Detail”

Because I have a son and daughter with autism, stories like these always stick out to me. I saw this story about this car wash facility where most of its employees have autism both to give the CEO's son a working position and because "they have a great eye for detail." I couldn't agree more.

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My Son With Autism Doesn’t Like Most Places Outside of Home, but Loves Red Robin

Our son, Jaron, has autism. He doens't like most places with a lot of noise and strangers and things that are out of his personal realm. We discovered recently, though, that he loves Red Robin.

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Take Nothing for Granted. My Son with Severe Autism Just Watched an Entire Movie at the Theater

My son, Jaron, has autism. If he's not interested in something, he's quick to move on to the next thing. Even his most favorite TV shows only keep his interest for a few minutes. He'll rarely get through half an hour of anything, let along a full-length feature film.

Then you have to add that we're in a strange places surrounded by strangers. Thanks to Children's Village and the Yakima Theaters, my son was able to see a movie for the first time -- and he sat down the entire time!

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I Was Prescribed to Go Out to Eat Once a Week. Where Should I Go?

My son Jaron, who has severe autism, goes to Children's Village a few times a week to learn several things. One thing we're currently working on is how to act in public, especially at a restaurant. The folks at Children's Village advised my family and I to go out to eat once a week to Jaron used to a restaurant setting. Where, in Yakima, should we go?

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My Son Graduated Kindergarten and I Couldn’t Be More Proud

Raising a son with autism, you have to cheerlead every step of the way. From going potty to saying, "thank you," to having him ask for what he's wanting without just making a struggling sound because he's not getting what he needs, every day is different. Thanks to the great teachers at Gilbert and helpful staff at Children's Village, I'm one proud papa to say that my son just graduated Kindergarten.

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Autism Awareness Night at Gymnastics Plus was a Blast!

Every year Gymnastics Plus and Kids Castle open their doors to kids with autism to let them roam free, play on the equipment and be amongst their friends. This day is one of the highlights of my son's year. I can't thank Gymnastics Plus for doing this.

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Today, April 2, is National Autism Awareness Day

Although April is reserved for Autism Awareness Month (which I still think should be Autism Acceptance Month) April 2nd is considered the day for Autism Awareness Day. It's hard to describe Autism without exaggerating or downplaying any of the symptoms.

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Can We Change ‘Autism Awareness Month’ to ‘Autism Acceptance Month’?

The month of April is Autism Awareness Month. It's something very dear to me as I have two children who have both been diagnosed with ASD (autism spectrum disorder)...

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