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Lucas Gates is proud to be on the autism spectrum.

Born and raised in Vancouver, on Canada's west coast, Lucas had challenges along the way, from the way he understood life to many more and beyond.

Lucas as a youth, life was hard, having difficulties making friends, understanding emotions or even taking a scarcastic joke at times. His stress level was unbearable at times!

Lucas has had a tough childhood with autism, but as a young adult, things are far different for the better.

Today, Lucas has embraced his ability as an autism advocate to help inspire the next generation of autism advocates, since there is so much more understanding about ASD. It may be hard, but you can do it!

Despite the difficulties of having autism in today's world like it was during Lucas's childhood, there's always the positive side of life worth living today. Don't be afraid of who you are, be proud of who you are!

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