Confession time. I used to be one of "those people". I avoided kids that had disabilities- I never wanted to seem like I was staring, I felt awkward. I am here to tell you that as a parent of special needs children, I would love for you to talk to my boys, to treat them like the wonderful little people that they are. It's difficult I know- you don't want to say the wrong thing, you don't know what kind of interaction they are capable of. So what? Give it a try. I don't want to have to hand out those cards. I don't want to have to explain myself, or my children to anyone. I want them to be accepted. And let's face it- according to the new research, it's 1 in 88 children that are affected by autism. Until more effective treatments are found, or preventitive measures are taken (which would mean actually acknowledging the problems- not likely), this is not going away. So try doing what I am learning to do- embrace it. Don't push it away, don't turn away, don't make faces or act offended or annoyed. Don't pretend you don't see either, I know better. Ask me questions, ask my child questions. I can't guarantee that they will answer, in fact, it's much more likely that they won't. But I believe they hear everything, that they absorb and observe way more than they get credit for. And the more that they see people trying to communicate with them, the more likely they are to try to reciprocate, right? So come closer, talk to them, you might be surprised.