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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.

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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...

Swan Song for Summer
November 7th, 2018

riverwaterpeoplegatheringsocialpartyhangingoutswimmingpartysummerfamilyfriendsfeaturedimageIn this week’s blog, Jennifer Rose talks about going to Dorney Park, an amusement park, with some friends. She hilariously mentions the problems she encountered at the park, and how she overcame them. Jennifer’s comedic narrative reminds all of us not to take life too seriously, and to be flexible with plans. She also writes...

When You Discover, as an Adult, That You Might Have Autism
October 31st, 2018

mommotherchildkiddaughtergirlwomanoutdoorsoutdooroutsidegrasshappysmilesmilingfamilyfeaturedimageThis week’s blog post is by AJ Kay, a mom who recently discovered that she has autism. In this blog, Kay describes her childhood, and, how looking back, she clearly sees the signs that she had autism growing up. This was originally posted on The Medium. All the Ways It Doesn’t Matter…and the One Way...

How to Create a Positive Dental Experience for Your Child with ASD
October 24th, 2018

babychildyoungsiblingfamilymotherfathermomdadparentparentingfeaturedimageOn the surface, a visit to the dentist can certainly seem scary to any child, especially a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. According to a 2011 study, nearly half of parents with children who have ASD describe their children’s oral health as either poor or fair. After...

Self-Care
October 16th, 2018

manboyreadbookoutdoorsoutsidelearnfeaturedimageEleanor Banks is a self-advocate who has been recently diagnosed with autism. In this post, Eleanor discusses aspects of self-care: what it is and how people with autism are affected by it. Many people find it hard to look after themselves, or to have good self-care. Self-care involves management and monitoring yourself. Specifically, self-care encompasses...

We’re Not “Bad at Sex,” But We Sure Are Bad at Teaching It – Part 2: The Autism World Is NOT “Sex Positive.” Here’s Why
October 10th, 2018

loverelationshipcoupleengagedmarrieddatingsexmarriagefamilychildrenkidsholdinghandsfeaturedimageMichael John Carley is a self-advocate who frequently visits companies to discuss topics related to autism. In this post, Carley writes about how we, as a society, fail individuals with autism by not creating a comprehensive sex-education guide. This is the second post in a series about sex-education; this was originally posted on Sinkhole. The politics...

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Kids With Autism, Delays More Likely to Be Overweight by Age 5: Study
December 14th, 2018

gametoyplaychildkidoutsideoutdooroutsidefeaturedimageChildren with autism or developmental delays may be at increased risk for obesity, a new study finds. The study included nearly 2,500 2- to 5-year-olds in the United States. Of those, 668 children had autism spectrum disorder (ASD); 914 had developmental delays; and a control group of 884 children had neither. Compared to the control...

An Eighth Grader with Autism Shares Her Story
December 13th, 2018

girlalonesiblingoutdoorsoutsideflowersfamilywomanfeaturedimageJordan Black, an eighth grader at Friedell Middle School was diagnosed with high-functioning autism after her mother and teachers noticed she was having trouble adapting socially in school. “It was to the point where I would not ask my teachers questions, when I needed them,” Black said. “I wouldn’t email them myself. I had to...

Technology is opening doors for children on the autism spectrum
December 12th, 2018

computerworkcareersalarymoneyjobtransitionelectronicstechnologylearngrowskillsfeaturedimageGiving a voice to children who otherwise might not be heard, everyday technology is opening doors for children on the Autism spectrum. Nine-year-old Madalyn Simon loves helping her little brother Maysen explore his place in the world, through words. “He’s just a nice person and he likes us and he’s funny,” said Madalyn.   But...

Invisible women, lost girls: To be female on the autism spectrum
December 11th, 2018

womangirlbodystretchyogarelaxhomemorningfeaturedimageNichole Lowther has heard the word her whole life. Bright, even charming, she nonetheless never felt comfortable in groups or making small talk. A hard worker, she had a tough time finding or keeping a steady job. Could it have been her unvarying wardrobe, her lack of eye contact, her encyclopedic knowledge of Star Trek?...

Should I Disclose My Autism to a Prospective Employer?
December 10th, 2018

transitionworkworkplaceworkforcecareerjobmansuittiecollegeeducationuniversityadulthoodfeaturedimageIf you have autism spectrum disorder, should you disclose that fact when you’re interviewing for a job? If you’ve been hired without sharing your spectrum disorder with your boss, should you tell him or her about it? For people with ASD, whether to disclose their diagnosis is a complex and deeply personal question, says Leslie Long, vice...

TRICARE looking for the right mix of therapies for children with autism
December 8th, 2018

Featured Image Blog 8 ChildNearly 15,000 military children with autism receive Applied Behavorial Analysis (ABA) services but TRICARE Health Plan the healthcare plan that military personnel receive, does not offer ABA services as a part of the basic benefit plan.   

Military Child of the Year: Marine honoree active in autism awareness, anti-bullying campaigns
December 7th, 2018

manboynatureoutsideoutdoorslearngrowhikewalkbackpackmountainexplorefeaturedimageJoshua Frawley, honoree of Operation Homefront’s 2018 Military Child of the Year is a strong self-advocate, educating others about autism and working to prevent bullying. Joshua was honored alongside five other military children for their outstanding scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, extracurricular involvement, and other criteria while facing the challenges of military family life. 

Employing Autism
December 7th, 2018

workcareerjobmoneysalarypaysuittietransitionformalskilltechnologyworkforcefeaturedimageIn partnership with Wells Fargo, Mercyhurst University is expanding opportunities for those with diverse abilities, businesses and corporations ‘Employing Autism’. Studies are finding that pieces of the autistic brain work more efficiently than other neuro-typical individuals. Mark Biletnikoff is grateful for a hardworking employee like Zach Aleksandrowicz.  Zach, who has autism, was hired at First Amendment Tees two years...

How one cafe is helping people with autism break into the workforce
December 6th, 2018

womangirljobcareermoneyworkbakeryfoodtreathealthnutritioncompanycreativetransitionfeaturedimageFor many people, work is taken for granted — an assumed, if not all that exciting, part of daily life, something to grumble about on Monday mornings. But for others, it’s the dream. And for many adults with developmental disabilities, especially those who have aged out of the public education system, it’s a dream that can...

Greensburg police launching program to help keep children with autism safe
December 5th, 2018

safetytrafficlightroadroutetravelcommuteskygostopslowfeaturedimage“Lost”, “wandered off”, “missing.” Those words can strike fear into parents of a child with autism. That’s why Greensburg police are starting a new autism program in Decatur County to better protect families. It’s very personal to Chief Brendan Bridges. His five-year-old son Jackson is the light of his life and just like one-in-59 school-aged...