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Developing Emotional Intelligence as a Person With Autism
January 16th, 2019

boychildplayplayingexerciseoutsideoutdoorsphysicaleducationsmilesmilingplayfeaturedimageThis piece was originally posted on The Mighty and is re-posted here with permission.  Having autism can be tough, because you often have people who do not understand you or care about you making fun of the way you look, walk and talk. It’s a continuous battle I deal with every day. Sometimes there’s nothing...

“You Can’t Be Autistic, You’re Too…”
January 9th, 2019

questionquestionmarkunsurelifeconfusedmaybesadfeaturedimageThis week’s blog is an original post by self-advocate Timothy Kiley. I’m 49 years old, and I’ve been autistic for 3 years now… Actually, I have been all my life, as are all autistic people. I just didn’t know it early on, like many of you may have. A person doesn’t just suddenly develop autism, nor...

Learning a New Way of Life After My Adult Autism Diagnosis
January 2nd, 2019

Featured-Image-Blog-20-LandscapeThis blog was originally posted on The Mighty and is re-posted here with the author’s permission. Three years ago, I was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. I am now 48 years old and learning a new way of life, a way I should have always known but didn’t. I have had a particularly hard time finding resources...

It’s Only Indie Angst To Me
December 26th, 2018

technologyelectronicsheadphoneslistentelevisionradionyellowhearsenseshearingfeaturedimageIn her third original piece for OAR, Jennifer Rose explains how music has impacted her as a person on the autism spectrum. Music has undoubtedly played a huge role in my life. From when I was five years old in a post-9/11 America hearing little kids belt out patriotic songs, to when I was thirteen...

To Children With Autism, From a Santa With Autism
December 19th, 2018

christmasholidaycelebratefamilylovehappinesshappytogetherfeaturedimageIn this blog post, which is directed towards kids with autism, Kerry Magro talks about what it is like to be Santa and have autism. This article was originally found on The Mighty. Make sure to share this article with your kids! To all the children with autism around the world, Hi kids, Santa here...

Stop Caring About What Other People Think
December 12th, 2018

womangirlbodystretchyogarelaxhomemorningfeaturedimageLaina Eartharcher is a self-advocate and a doctor who is working to fully embrace and love herself. In this post, which was originally posted on Laina’s blog, Laina discusses the internal struggle she is currently having. In writing about this struggle, whether or not to listen to what other people think, Laina provides valid viewpoints...

Autistic Adults Share What Helped (and What Didn’t) Manage the Stress of the Holidays
December 5th, 2018

christmasholidaycelebratefamilylovehappinesshappytogetherfeaturedimageEllen Stumbo is one of the employees at The Mighty, and in this post, she asked adults with autism to share what helped them manage the stress of the holidays. Ellen’s blog was originally posted on The Mighty. With the holidays upon us, conversations with my friends have centered around how stressful this time of...

How Depression Affects Me as Someone on the Autism Spectrum
November 28th, 2018

mentalhealthstigmadisabilityanxietyautismmedicalprofessionaltherapyfeaturedimageErin Clemens is a self-advocate with autism. In this post, which was originally posted on The Mighty, Erin talks about the benefits of an official autism diagnosis; she also writes about how depression affects her, specifically about the difficulties of being diagnosed with both autism and depression. Being on the autism spectrum affects my life...

When We Realized My Husband Has Autism
November 21st, 2018

lovemarriagemarriedrelationshipengagedweddingsuitdressmanwomanmomdadmotherdaughterbabyfeaturedimageJessica Offer is a mom of three daughters with autism, and her husband was recently diagnosed with autism. In this post, she discusses the journey her family took to get her husband’s diagnosis. This post was originally posted on The Mighty. My husband Cj and I celebrated 10 years of being together. Ten years since...

Going to College with Autism
November 14th, 2018

booksreadingpapereducationschoolcollegeuniversityfeaturedimageLouis Scarantino is an autism self-advocate. In this post, Louis discusses his experience in college, and what he would change if he had the opportunity to return. Louis’ story provides excellent insight on what it is like to attend college as someone on the spectrum. Every child goes to school from kindergarten through their senior year...

Latest News

Language Skills of Children with ASD Stable Relative to Peers
January 18th, 2019

Parent Featured“Although kids with autism do tend to have lower vocabulary scores than their peers, they don’t lose ground,” says one of that study’s investigators. “They progress steadily as they get older.”

FDA Warns Sensory Jewelry May Pose Health Risk
January 16th, 2019

mommotherchildkiddaughtergirlwomanoutdoorsoutdooroutsidegrasshappysmilesmilingfamilyfeaturedimageThe FDA issued a notice in late December that jewelry meant to provide sensory stimulation has been linked to health risks include choking, strangulation, injury to the mouth, and infection.

Self-Advocate Haley Moss Admitted to Florida Bar
January 14th, 2019

workcareerjobmoneysalarypaysuittietransitionformalskilltechnologyworkforcefeaturedimageLast week, Haley Moss, self-advocate and member of the OAR community, became a member of the Florida Bar after graduating from the University of Miami School of Law.

Traits of autism identifiable across cultures
January 11th, 2019

barnoutdoorsoutsideworklifesunskycloudsgrassfeaturedimageA new study indicates that the Autism Spectrum Quotient, previously not used as a clinical diagnostic tool, may point to commonalities that could be used to create a global autism screening tool.

All employees at this tech firm are on the spectrum
January 9th, 2019

studentofficedeskworkadulttransitionjobcareerlearnfeaturedimageAuticon, a California technology firm, employs over 150 employees, all of whom are on the autism spectrum. 

“Intelligence” tests often inaccurate for those with autism
January 7th, 2019

gearselectronicstechnologyworkmovechangegearsmetalsilverfeaturedimageTests meant to assess cognitive ability are often inaccurate for children on the autism spectrum who may respond differently from neurotypical peers, showing them as less capable than they are. 

Can Meditation Help Sensory Overload?
December 31st, 2018

Featured Image Blog 2 LandscapeOne hectic morning, in a rush to hustle my three kids out the door, I found my 8-year-old son sitting cross-legged in the bathroom, eyes closed, his hands resting gently on his knees. He said he was meditating. I was skeptical, but the peaceful look on his face told me that whatever he was doing,...

From Australia to Green Bay, for an Autism School
December 28th, 2018

schoolkidschildstudentlearnfeaturedimageJoe and Susan Bashta traveled all the way from Australia for something they could find only in Green Bay. It was an autism school, the like of which exists nowhere else on the planet. And it’s having success where others have failed. “We are discovering our son for the first time in 13 years,” Joe...

Mother’s Booklet for Son with Autism about Voting
December 27th, 2018

manboyreadbookoutdoorsoutsidelearnfeaturedimageWhen Nathaniel Batchelder, a 28-year-old who has autism, voted Thursday in the midterm elections, “we were on such a high,” said his mother, Susan Senator. Batchelder has “a pretty severe developmental disability and a lot of anxiety and communication issues, but he’s very eager to learn everything about the world,” said Senator, who has written books...

Giving a Voice: Purdue Technology Assists Nonverbal Children with Autism
December 26th, 2018

computerphonecallwritetypetransitionadultworkcareerjoblearneducationcollegeuniversityfeaturedimageTwo Purdue-licensed technologies assisting speech and language development in children with nonverbal autism have won awards from the German Academic International Network (GAIN) and the Anna Kennedy Online Charity. SPEAKall! and SPEAKmore! mobile applications won GAIN’s best startup idea and Anna Kennedy Online Charity’s Autism Hero Entrepreneurial Award.