Monday, April 23, 2012

Learning to live with autism

Because he is autistic, Thomas Russell doesn’t consider himself to be a “regular kid.” Yet in some ways he is light years beyond many “regular” people,

Friendly, courteous, caring, trusting, industrious, well-adjusted — all of these words could describe the 23-year-old son of Charlie and Brenda Russell. This is surprising considering his disability. Autism is a complex brain disorder that often inhibits a person’s ability to communicate, respond to surroundings, and form relationships with others.

Russell is on the high end of the autism spectrum, yet his and his family’s journey with autism has not been without hard work, steep hills and deep valleys. Read more in the Laurel Outlook.

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