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This is David
June 21st, 2017

manboynatureoutsideoutdoorslearngrowhikewalkbackpackmountainexplorefeaturedimageIn this week’s post Russell Lehmann shares how a stranger helped him as he was having a meltdown in an airport. This heartwarming post was originally posted on Russell Lehmann’s Facebook page.   This is David. He works for American Airlines. I will never forget this man for as long as I live. After having my...

My ABC’s of Autism Advocacy
June 14th, 2017

Featured Image Blog 9 AdultDr. Lamar Hardwick reflects on Autism Awareness Month. This piece was originally published on Lamar’s website, The Autism Pastor. Last month was Autism Awareness month and people all over the globe were communicating, campaigning, criticizing, and complaining about autism and the like. When it comes to autism and autism advocacy/activism there is nor shortage of...

When ‘Passing’ Means No One Believes I’m Autistic
June 7th, 2017

womangirlbodystretchyogarelaxhomemorningfeaturedimageFor this Wednesday’s blog post Rese Dugan writes about others’ perception of her autism. This post was originally published on The Mighty. I love clothes. I invest a lot of time into my “look.” I am, by no means, any kind of comparison to a supermodel, but I care about what I look like. I...

Making Room for Play
June 2nd, 2017

girlyoungsiblingwomanbubblesoutdoorsoutsideplaykidfunsummergrassfeaturedimageIn this week’s blog post, a teacher and mother to a son with autism discusses the power of play. This piece was originally published on Jessica’s blog, Changed for Good. Ben won a tiny toy shark from the treasure box at school the other day. As soon as we got home, he announced that he...

Dad, it’s not your fault, but…
May 24th, 2017

Featured Image Blog 6 FamilyAt age 67, Garret Mathews was diagnosed with Aspergers. In this piece, he writes about his relationship with this father through the framework of his Apergers.  So what kind of a life did this Aspie have growing up? It was dominated by my late father, the high school football coach and perhaps the most authoritarian...

Advocacy and Parent-School Connections
May 17th, 2017

education+ featured imageParental involvement is critical to children’s success in school especially among children on the spectrum who require individualized learning. Parent-school relationships are so crucial to working as an effective team and ensuring that the child is given every opportunity within the school to reach his or her full potential. However, parent-school relationships are often less...

Developing and Enhancing Executive Functions
May 9th, 2017

computer + featured imageKavita Murthi returns for her third and final post in this series on executive functions. The two previous blogs in this series focused on describing executive functions, how and when they develop, their importance in human development, and common assessments used to determine executive dysfunctions. This final section of this three-part blog series outlines some...

Biking 68 miles — My inner Aspie weighs in
May 2nd, 2017

Featured Image Blog 21 AdultAdult self-advocate Garret Mathews shares a humorous, if tense, conversation with his “Inner Aspie.” It’s almost sundown. I hopped, well, stepped on my one-speed bicycle about 10 hours ago to log 68 miles because that’s how old I’ll be later this year and spokin’ that age-appropriate distance every spring is, well, how I roll. Not...

How Autism ‘Awareness’ and the School System Failed My Brother and Me
April 26th, 2017

education+ featured imageA young adult self-advocate explains the road to diagnosis for her and her brother, and shares a message to parents and educators on how their experiences could have been improved. There is a photo of me at 3 years old. I am standing in a meadow on the tips of my toes, arms scrunched up like...

How My Son’s High School Musical Gave Him a Stage for Acceptance
April 14th, 2017

smiles+featuredimagesThis post originally appeared on the author’s blog, The AWEnesty of Autism. It is re-posted here with permission.   ​This was the toddler who could not wear hats or mittens and who struggled with the change of seasons because that meant wearing different or new clothes. The little boy who wore the same doctor’s costume (shirt...

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At Airports, Making Travel Easier for Autistic Passengers
June 23rd, 2017

airporttravelbusmoveairplaneexploreworldfeaturedimageMock flight experiences and sensory rooms around the world make airport travel easier for passengers with autism.

Parents’ interactions with infants may alleviate autism features
June 22nd, 2017

mommotherchildkiddaughtergirlwomanoutdoorsoutdooroutsidegrasshappysmilesmilingfamilyfeaturedimageA new study suggests that teaching parents to respond to cues from babies at high risk of autism eases the severity of autism features at age 3.

For Children With Autism, No More Being Hushed
June 20th, 2017

clocktimeschoolworkcareerjobeducationlearnlearningfeaturedimageThis article from the New York Times discusses an education program in New York with an aim to help students with autism understand the school environment and their own needs, so they can function both in and out of school.

Encouraging autistic kids’ obsessive habits can help them later in life
June 19th, 2017

familymotherchildkidmomdadfamilylifelovehappysmilekidchildtoddlerbabyfeaturedimageIt may be that every child is born with the potential to be exceptional at something. But finding and cultivating ability is difficult, especially when a kid doesn’t just shine and display easily recognizable talents. This is true for all children but especially so for kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Shore woman paints her face to raise autism awareness
June 17th, 2017

mommotherchildkiddaughtergirlwomanoutdoorsoutdooroutsidegrasshappysmilesmilingfamilyfeaturedimageShekira Farrell never fully understood the power of her voice. It wasn’t until her 6-year-old son Jaiden was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2 that she realized its importance.

Family Of Man With Autism Sues Over Police Shooting
June 16th, 2017

careneedsafetyhelpassistancetroublefeaturedimageMIAMI — Arnaldo Rios, a 27-year-old with severe autism and an IQ of 40, sat handcuffed on the ground for 20 minutes after a police officer shot his unarmed caretaker. Still in handcuffs, Rios was placed in the back of a patrol car for about two more hours.

Isabelle Rapin, Who Advanced Concept of an Autism Spectrum, Dies at 89
June 15th, 2017

calculatormathsciencelearningeducationschoolfeaturedimageIsabelle Rapin, a Swiss-born child neurologist who helped establish autism’s biological underpinnings and advanced the idea that autism was part of a broad spectrum of disorders, died on May 24 in Rhinebeck, N.Y. She was 89.

Nathan McConnell Creates ‘Growing Up Aspie,’ a Comic About Life on the Autism Spectrum
June 14th, 2017

manboyreadbookoutdoorsoutsidelearnfeaturedimageNathan McConnell creates comics for people like him, and if you grew up on the autism spectrum, you might find his “Growing Up Aspie” illustrations relatable.

Grandin to highlight autism conference
June 13th, 2017

workcareerjobmoneysalarypaysuittietransitionformalskilltechnologyworkforcefeaturedimageThe 15th annual Milestones’ Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference, spreading wisdom for children and adults with autism, will be held June 15-16 at the I-X Center in Cleveland, highlighted by the appearance of guest speaker Temple Grandin. She will kick off the conference with an event June 14 at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland.

Brain Scans May Help Predict Autism in High-Risk Infants
June 12th, 2017

babychildinfanttoddlerkidchildrenplaylovelifehappysmilemomdadmotherfatherfamilytoysleepfeaturedimageA new kind of brain scan may be able to predict when a baby as young as 6 months old will develop autism, researchers said Wednesday.