Life with Autism: Your stories
updated 12:55 PM EDT, Mon April 2, 2012
Reed Williamson was 3 years old when he called his father "Daddy" instead of "juice box." His mom, Lindsay, said, "At 2, when he was first truly diagnosed, we had no idea of where he would go or what he would do."
Hearing the first 'Daddy'
From autism diagnosis to honor roll
Taking nothing for granted
'Watching the lights go out'
Autistic adults are 'the invisibles'
Asperger's inspires me to 'make a difference'
Autistic son 'a blessing'
'I am proud of my Aspie sister!'
'In-between' verbal and non-verbal autism
Autism motivates Special Olympics swimmer
- iReporters share their stories of life with autism
- Families overcome hurdles and become even closer because of autism
- Across the spectrum, autism brings as many blessings as struggles
(CNN) -- April 2 is the fifth annual World Autism Awareness Day. Since 2007, the day has aimed to raise awareness for individuals and families with members on the autism spectrum. In honor of the day, CNN iReporters shared their stories of what life is like with autism.
Some were inspiring, others were heartbreaking, but every single iReport offered a window into the little-understood world of life with autism.
Are you or a loved one living with autism? We want to hear from you: the joys, the struggles and everything in between. Share your story with iReport.