"In the past, I would know that August meant staying in the city, because we couldn't go anywhere," she said. "This year we've gone to the beach, and now he swims like a fish."
Another thing many people forget, Singer and Thierry said, is that autism does not just impact the child, but the entire family.
"For the first few years, everything was focused on Jodie," Singer said. "It's like everyone has it. Marriage suffer -- 80 percent of the marriages fail. And you lose your time with your other children. I spent so much time with Jodie, I missed my other daughter's babyhood."
Parents whose lives focus on the care of their autistic child also have to worry about what will become of their children after they are gone.
"There are no good long-term solutions," Singer said. "Society doesn't get it. There are no facilities or programs for adults with autism. What will happen to our kids?"
For more information about autism, please visit Autismspeaks.org where you can see "Autism Everyday" in its entirety.