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the Mitchells vs the machines and autism; Katie doesn't get her peers, Aaron is obsessive and shy, and the dad has awful social skills
Norma from Dead End Paranormal Park is a great autistic character. It shows an edited screenshot in which Norma is labeled as determined, helpful, brave, nuanced and smart while Barney is labeled as friendly, helpful, and kind

I’m Jenna Breunig. I write about autism, Down syndrome, neurodivergence, and disability inclusion.

I grew up in a family where disability was a normal fact of life. But outside my family, things are different. Too many people don’t understand disability. Worse, not all of them accept disabled people. I want that to change.

My sister, Katie, has Down syndrome. Red, who I refer to by a nickname, is autistic. I am also neurodivergent. I believe in creating a better world for all disabled people inside and outside my family.

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Down syndrome with drawing of Katie Breunig
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