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A Story of Friendship Made Stronger by Autism

The beginning of a long friendship

“From then on, we've been best friends,” Ian said. "We sat together every lunch from sixth to eighth grade and then we took on high school together."

Now best friends, their friendship was infectious. Though initially thought that Ian being friends with someone on the autism spectrum was unusual, Ian and Mason had so much fun at the lunch table that their laughter made converts of the other children.

“I don’t see our friendship as being unusual, although others do. I think there are probably more friendships like ours but they don’t get publicized,” Ian said.