People with ASD and their families often feel excluded from many social activities and events. Start with those close to you.
"Take the time to reach out and share meaningful time with each other," Robertiello said. "Instead of doing things for people with autism, do things 'with' them."
Then consider the role you have in your community and if you could make a positive change for families who have kids with autism.
"Instead of engaging in projects about autism, work together as a community to support inclusivity," she said. "Take the time to interact with and involve people with autism and their families in your community."
Plus, what the child needs as a toddler changes when they're a teen and then changes again when they become an adult.
"Many families have difficulty accessing services for their child with autism," Robertiello said. "They may have difficulty getting referrals and insurance coverage. In fact, many families do not have access to providers who can make an appropriate diagnosis for their child. Adding employment demands, the care of other family members, maintenance of a household and other personal matters, caregivers have little time or energy for self-care and personal interests."