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When a Parent of a Child Just Diagnosed With Autism Asked Me What to Do
September 19th, 2018

babychildinfanttoddlerkidchildrenplaylovelifehappysmilemomdadmotherfatherfamilytoysleepfeaturedimageErin Clemens, a self-advocate, gives stellar advice about what to do if your child is just diagnosed with autism. This loving and thoughtful advice will really make a difference in how your child accepts the diagnosis, and it will help you accept the diagnosis also. This post was originally written on The Mighty. As someone...

Too Nice: Avoiding the Traps of Exploitation and Manipulation
September 12th, 2018

manwomanboygirlindividualpersonpersonalgrowthlearnexplorehappyconfidentfeaturedimageThe following post is by Jeanette Purkis, a self-advocate; and is taken with permission from her website: http://www.jeanettepurkis.com/. It is about the following ‘traps’ that many people with autism find themselves in, and how to avoid being exploited and manipulated. Purkis also includes personal anecdotes about times when she has been used by others. When I...

Why Working Is Harder Than It Looks for Many People with Autism
September 5th, 2018

transitionworkworkplaceworkforcecareerjobmansuittiecollegeeducationuniversityadulthoodfeaturedimageKay Lomas, a mother, writer, and a recently diagnosed self-advocate, discusses the difficulties of working when you have autism. In this post, which was originally posted on The Mighty, Lomas writes about her personal stressors with work while relating her personal experience to the shockingly low statistic of individuals with autism who are employed full-time....

How Back to School Season is Different for a Family Affected by Autism
August 29th, 2018

family + featured imagesMelanie Makovsky, a blogger, writes about how back to school for her family is different, because two of her children have autism. In this article, originally posted on The Mighty, Melanie goes in depth on how her back-to-school season is different from most families. Sometimes it seems like back-to-school season is an extended and complicated...

Live in a dorm: The most important advice I’d give an autistic youth
August 22nd, 2018

womangirlcomputerworkworkingcareermoneylearnschoolcollegeuniversitytechnologyelectronicsfeaturedimagAustin Shinn is a self-advocate who has Asperger’s Syndrome; he blogs to fight against the negative stigma people on the spectrum have. In this piece, he briefly discusses how living in a dorm affected and changed his life. You can read his original post on his blog. The subject of advice is always a tricky one....

To Hug Or Not To Hug: Navigating ASD Social Interactions
August 15th, 2018

familyselfietechnologysmartphonepicturephototraveltogethermomdadmotherfathersiblingfeaturedimageEthan Hirschberg is a teenager who blogs about his autism. In this post, Ethan responds to Michelle, one of his readers that previously asked his opinion on being affectionate. This post was originally posted on his website, The Journey Through Autism. “Ethan, I have a question for you. I have two kids with High Functioning...

RUN FOR AUTISM 15th Anniversary
August 8th, 2018

Mike and Marine Scott GilmanThis fall at the Marine Corps Marathon, the RUN FOR AUTISM will celebrate its 15th anniversary.  We asked OAR Executive Director, Mike Maloney, to share how the program began and some of the highlights he experienced over the past 15 years.   In October 2002, just a few weeks before the Marine Corps Marathon, I drove...

Dating Tips from a Man with Autism
August 1st, 2018

loverelationshipgirlfriendboyfriendhusbandwifemarriageengagedholdinghandsfeaturedimageLouis Scarantino is a self-advocate for autism. In this post, he provides 10 tips for dating – these tips are geared towards others on the spectrum! This post was originally posted on The Mighty. Nearly everyone with autism has a desire to go on a date sometime. It’s a huge struggle for a lot of...

What Getting my Autism Diagnosis Showed Me
July 25th, 2018

girlalonesiblingoutdoorsoutsideflowersfamilywomanfeaturedimageChristine Christensen is on the autism spectrum and is a self-advocate. In this blog post, she discusses how being diagnosed with autism changed her, and the early warning signs that showed she has autism. This was originally posted on The Mighty. My previous therapist suggested I go in for autism testing. Being nervous about this,...

How Direct Support Services Help Me as Someone on the Autism Spectrum
July 18th, 2018

womangirladultskilllearnelectronictechnologycareerjobeducationtrainingfeaturedimageErin Clemens is a self-advocate who has Asperger’s Syndrome. In this post, she writes about how Direct Support Services help her attain the skills she needs to live a happy, successful, and independent life. This was originally posted on The Mighty. I’m on the autism spectrum. Sometimes this means I can use my amazing memory...

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Tips on How to Prepare for College with Autism
September 19th, 2018

graduatelearndiplomagrowtasselcollegeuniversityschoolfeaturedimageThis great article discusses everything about autism and college! First, it provides tips on what to look for when applying to college, like looking for a small average class size. It also gives general tips to those with autism and their parents, and urges parents to “change from a micro-manager to a coach!” These tips...

Autism App for Milwaukee Public Museum
September 18th, 2018

citylandscapefreejobworkcareeradultwaterfeaturedimageThe Milwaukee Public Museum made accessibility and inclusiveness their top priority with the launch of their app, All In. This app features social guides, a museum schedule, and a sensory map. Social guides tell the user where the crowds are at that moment, in order to prepare the user for possible interactions and louder noises....

Cucina Italiana and Autism Eats!
September 18th, 2018

womangirljobcareermoneyworkbakeryfoodtreathealthnutritioncompanycreativetransitionfeaturedimage  Cucina Italiana in Whitehall is hosting an event that restaurants should follow; this event is called Autism Eats! It will be held on 9/24 from 6-8PM and Cucina Italiana will provide a private room for the event. The private room, with low music playing and adjusted lighting, helps individuals with sensory issues feel more...

Drumming Helps School Children with Autism
September 17th, 2018

Featured Image Blog 15 ChildA new study, run by the University of Chicester and the University of Centre Hartpury, illustrates how drumming for an hour a week can benefit children diagnosed with autism. These benefits include helping children with autism cope better in a school environment, follow instructions with greater ease, and significant improvements in dexterity, rhythm, and timing....

Atypical – A Show about Autism – is Finally Including Actors with Autism
September 14th, 2018

girlalonesiblingoutdoorsoutsideflowersfamilywomanfeaturedimageAtypical is a Netflix series that focuses around Sam Gardner, a high-schooler with autism. The first season had immense success, with fans praising the actor Keir Gilchrist for realistically and successfully portraying a high school experience from the perspective of someone on the spectrum. When critics complained that there was a lack of actors with...

Microsoft Open Doors to Employees with Autism
September 13th, 2018

computerbookworkadultcareermoneyjoblearntransitioncollegeuniversityschoolstudentfeaturedimageLately, Microsoft has been in the news for a good reason. They are renowned for their inclusiveness, especially with people who have autism. Jenny Lay-Flurrie, the chief accessibility officer at Microsoft, states that employees with autism are “a talent pool that really hasn’t been tapped.” And Microsoft is taking full advantage of hiring people with...

Field Hockey Coach Starts Autism Awareness Tournament
September 12th, 2018

tennisshoesplaysportsathleteathleticsshopshoppingrunexerciseathletefeaturedimageKristen Coffey, who is the head coach of the Pleasantville High School Varsity Field Hockey team, has a six-year-old son Peyton, who has autism. In his honor, Coffey created a field hockey tournament to benefit those with autism. The tournament, which happened last weekend, benefits an autism advocacy organization. The purpose of this tournament is...

Individuals with Autism are at a Higher Risk for Depression
September 11th, 2018

manboystudentschooloutdoorsoutsidecitylifewalkwalkingfeaturedimageA new research study conducted in Sweden states that young adults with autism – particularly those who are high functioning – have a greater risk for depression, compared to their siblings who don’t have ASD. This new research poses several questions, like why do young adults with autism have a greater risk for depression, and...

Street Sign Raises Awareness for Autism
September 10th, 2018

safetytrafficlightroadroutetravelcommuteskygostopslowfeaturedimageIn 2013, 17-year-old Cody Kokoszka worked diligently with his high school to recognize Autism Awareness Day; now, the school celebrates this day with posters and donations to autism research. But Kokoszka isn’t done advocating for autism yet, his most recent achievement is installing two street signs to signal to drivers that an individual with autism...

Startup Touts Unique Talent Pool: Workers with Autism
September 7th, 2018

workcareerjobmoneysalarypaysuittietransitionformalskilltechnologyworkforcefeaturedimageDaivergent, a Manhattan tech startup, provides contractors with autism to clients who seek high accuracy and speed on tasks, like data entry and online research. Mr. Byran Dai, the co-founder and CEO, manages a team of four employees with autism. Dai states that employees with autism complete this job better than their neurotypical peers, because...