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Operation Autism directly supports U.S. military families touched by autism and autism spectrum disorders. It serves as an introduction to autism, a guide for the life journey with autism, and a ready reference for available resources, services, and support.


Finding Resources: Part Two
March 22nd, 2018

computerworkcareersalarymoneyjobtransitionelectronicstechnologylearngrowskillsfeaturedimageThis is the second part to Kat Albee’s blog post Finding Resources. In the conclusion of her blog series, Kat includes additional guidance for how those in the autism community can continue to advocate for themselves.   Using The Internet If you are reading this, then you have an advantage unique in all of human history. No, it’s...

Finding Resources
March 15th, 2018

computerbookworkadultcareermoneyjoblearntransitioncollegeuniversityschoolstudentfeaturedimageSelf-advocate Kat Albee highlights ways in which those on the spectrum can be resourceful and hold onto a positive outlook in a variety of real-world situations. This is Part One of her post. Part Two will be featured in next week’s blog.   Changing Your Mindset I recently read a memoir called Growing Up Yanomamo. It’s about...

Sprinting Toward Autism Awareness Month
March 6th, 2018


Autism Parents: You Must Be Selfish
February 28th, 2018

dadfatherchildbabyinfanttoddlergrowlovefamilyparentfeaturedimageAs a father of children with autism, Rob Gorski emphasizes the importance of self-care as a parent of children on the spectrum. This blog post was originally posted on theautismdad.com. I’ve been an Autism parent for almost seventeen years. In other words, I’ve done this a very, very long time. Along the way, I’ve learned countless lessons....

Disclosing Autism on the Job? Yes or No?
February 22nd, 2018

wallstreetstreetsignlabelcitylifebuildingbusycareerjobmoneysaveworkfeaturedimageThis blog is a cross-post from the The Hire Autism Blog. It was originally published on Linkedin. In the article, Microsoft Wants Autistic Coders. Can It Find Them And Keep Them?” Vauhini Vara reported: “ . . . millions of adults with autism often find themselves in a difficult bind. They struggle to get and keep jobs...

To the Siblings of a Brother or Sister with Autism
February 15th, 2018

siblingssisterfriendhugloverelationshipfamilycarebondfeaturedimageCollege student Bailey Geehring not only shares her insights and personal experience growing up with a sibling with ASD, but also what she has learned to appreciate in hindsight. Dear fellow siblings of a brother or sister with autism, Today I am speaking to you not as a parent or a school counselor who thinks they know...

Team Member Spotlight: Libby Fink
February 8th, 2018

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Create Better Spaces: Autistic-Friendly Designs
January 29th, 2018

citylandscapefreejobworkcareeradultwaterfeaturedimageThis post was originally published on PDR’s blog and is re-posted here with the author’s permission.  Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurobehavioral condition, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in every 68 births have autism in the United States. Individuals with this condition may experience hypersensitivity of the senses, difficulty understanding what...

Staying on Track in 2018
January 25th, 2018

computer + featured imageThis blog was originally published on Milestones Autism Resources Blog and is re-posted with permission. You can check out the original blog here. As families look to the year ahead, it is natural to ask yourself how you can better ensure a more productive and positive year for your loved one on the spectrum. Teen...

Accepting Others’ Experiences
January 16th, 2018

familyselfietechnologysmartphonepicturephototraveltogethermomdadmotherfathersiblingfeaturedimageSelf-advocate Kat Albee shares her knowledge on how to approach responding diplomatically in the blogosphere taking into consideration peoples’ differences and varying points of views.  I was diagnosed at the age of 19 with a mild form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and as someone directly affected by ASD, I like to consider myself an...

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Minority Children Often Experience Delayed Autism Diagnosis
March 22nd, 2018

Featured Image Blog 11 ChildNew research conducted by the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry indicates that autism in African-American and Latino children is often diagnosed at later ages than in white children, and as a result have fewer opportunities for early intervention and other treatment programs. This may arise for a multitude of reasons, with...

How Autism in Children Impacts Sleep
March 20th, 2018

featured image dorm bedroom door roommate collegeA recent study published in The Journal for Developmental Disorders reveals reasons why children with neurodevelopmental disorders (such as autism) experience more problems sleeping than other unaffected peers. Children with ASD are not only more like to have trouble falling asleep but they are also more prone to sleep disturbances, causing irritability and fatigue. It...

Multiple Studies Suggesting Folic Acid’s Role in Autism
March 19th, 2018

coffeemugmagazinespublicationspublishedcouchhomelifeofficefeaturedimageAccording to five unrelated studies, taking regular doses of folic acid during pregnancy may lessen the risk of growing fetuses developing autism, especially if the mother is taking epilepsy drugs, or is exposed to pesticides and/or environmental chemicals. One of the studies show that folic acid supplements can ease language and communication challenges for children...

A Poem by Mother of Boy with ASD Raises Awareness
March 16th, 2018

kidchildrunfreefreedomboltflaparmsgrassskyoutdoorsoutsideplayrunskipfeaturedimageDr. Sophie Billington posted an emotional poem she wrote about her son Tristan, who has autism. Originally posted on Facebook, the poem has garnered a larger response than she had anticipated. She hopes that this piece will help to raise awareness on the realities of parenting a child who is on the spectrum.

Vigils Will Honor Victims with ASD and Other Disabilities
March 15th, 2018

loverelationshipcoupleengagedmarrieddatingsexmarriagefamilychildrenkidsholdinghandsfeaturedimageZoe Gross, Director of Operations at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), decided to start the National Disability Day of Mourning on March 1 to honor not only George Hopkins, an adult with ASD who died at the hands of a caregiver in 2012, but also all other victims with disabilities who have been wrongfully murdered....

Ann Wagner to Be New National Autism Coordinator
March 14th, 2018

citylandscapefreejobworkcareeradultwaterfeaturedimageAs of the first week of March, Ann Wagner is set to be the next Autism Coordinator. This individual works with government agencies to ensure the national implementation of autism activities. Wagner currently serves as chief biomarker and the intervention development for childhood-onset mental disorders at NIMH Autism Research Program, and has worked previously as clinical...

Challenges Persist in Older Adults with ASD
March 13th, 2018

togetheroldelderlycoupleloveconnectionrelationshipbondfeaturedimageA new study is examining the daily lives of adults on the autism spectrum as they age into late adulthood. The study provides much-needed insight on an age group that has not been highly studied in the autism community, as it shows that there is a need for more support regarding employment and social interaction for individuals on the...

Parent Training Increases Language in Nonverbal Children with ASD
March 12th, 2018

mommotherchildkiddaughtergirlwomanoutdoorsoutdooroutsidegrasshappysmilesmilingfamilyfeaturedimageParents learning JASPER behavioral strategies from therapists can drastically improve communication levels in nonverbal children with autism, a new study is finding. Parental therapy is growing in popularity because of the intervention it provides on a daily basis. Dr. Stephanie Shire says that the next step is to figure out which therapeutic techniques are most effective...

Almost Half of Adults with ASD Have Depression
March 9th, 2018

studentofficedeskworkadulttransitionjobcareerlearnfeaturedimageAccording to new research published in The Journal for Abnormal Child Psychology, nearly 50% of all adults with autism will also have clinical depression at some point in their lives, especially with individuals who have higher intelligence.  Because depression is more widespread in the ASD community than we previously realized, we need to ensure clinicians...

New Study Increases Inclusion of Students with ASD on Playgrounds
March 8th, 2018

children + featured imageA recent study conducted in several suburban schools shows that, with the addition of peer training on how to play and include students with ASD, students on the spectrum were more than three times more likely to interact and play with their peers. Though only in its beginning stages, this study has promising implications for the...