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On World Autism Awareness Day, ‘Everything is Possible’

Expand Children in the playground of a European School in Brussels.  © 2015 Lieven Van Assche / ID / photo agency Most of us who grew up in Europe have always taken our right to education for granted – but not children with autism. On a Wednesday afternoon in October, I met Adrian, a 17-year-old boy with autism, at the European institution where his mother works. He was waiting for me in the cafeteria, oblivious to the noise and agitation, while my heart was pounding at the sight of the many senior European Union officials having lunch all around us. When he was 10, Adrian joined one of the…

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