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J.J. Rossum has lived with his grandparents, Gene (pictured) and Mary since he was an infant.

An autistic child graduates - What's next?

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In the next 15 years, an estimated 500,000 autistic children will cross a major hurdle and graduate out of school systems in the U.S.


Sadly, this won't bring the gold medal reward most parents of autistic children hope for. Instead, the accomplishment will bring these families to the start of a new obstacle course that may prove more challenging than the one they just worked their way through.

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Tara Bitzan
Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.
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