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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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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...

Why I take my son on vacation in spite of his challenges
January 10th, 2018

dadfatherchildkidparentparentingsiblingwalknatureoutdoorsoutsidepeacecalmfeaturedimageLike every summer, we went on a vacation. Like most summers, it was a beach vacation. Like most vacations, my son’s autism made the trip more challenging. Would I still go for a vacation next year ? Yes, of course ! I can’t let meltdowns and anxieties come in the way of a new adventure....

I Have Nonverbal Autism. Here’s What I Want You to Know.
January 3rd, 2018

ideathoughtworkcareermoneysalaryjobbrainplangoalfuturegrowfeaturedimageThis blog first appeared on the author’s personal blog, and is re-posted here with permission. I want people to know autism is another way of being. I am weary of stereotypes that make us out to be less human than neurotypical people. I have listened to people talk negatively about autism since I was diagnosed...

How To Hire Someone With Autism
December 27th, 2017

workcareerjobmoneysalarypaysuittietransitionformalskilltechnologyworkforcefeaturedimageThis post was originally published on the author’s website and is re-posted here with permission.  Less than a third of all autistic adults are employed, either full-time or part-time. Less than a third.  That means out of 3.5 million people with autism, only about 1 million of those people are employed. Most of them aren’t making...

How I Explained My Son’s Autism to His Siblings
December 20th, 2017

Featured Image Blog 15 ChildThis post originally appeared on The Mighty. It is re-posted here with permission. I am raising three unique individual humans. I have a 6-year-old boy who is not a morning person, is smart but “lazy” and has a huge heart. My 4-year-old daughter loves all things creepy, is so sassy and is a mother hen. My...

What To Say & What Not To Say To Someone With Autism
December 13th, 2017

careneedsafetyhelpassistancetroublefeaturedimageThis post originally appeared on The Journey Through Autism. It is re-posted here with permission. Throughout my life, I have been told and have overheard many comments regarding Autism. These comments aren’t usually meant to be mean, but rather show a lack of knowledge and understanding of Autism. Even though people aren’t meaning to upset me,...

4 Ways Christmas Affects Me and My Autism
December 6th, 2017

christmasholidaycelebratefamilylovehappinesshappytogetherfeaturedimageThis post originally appeared on The Mighty. It is re-posted here with permission. Christmas. Sparkling lights, late nights, lots of festive atmosphere, drinking, eating and being merry. For many people, it’s bliss. For me, as someone with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it’s anything but. People who loves Christmas don’t always understand why another person might not. I’m that...

Asperger’s and Intimacy Through Chess
November 29th, 2017

gameboardgamefunplaykidskidchildadultteenmoneylearngrowcareerfeaturedimageThis post originally appeared on The Mighty. It is re-posted here with permission. Communication is hard. It is hard especially if you were not pre-wired to recognize facial expressions, body language and other subtle nonverbal cues “normal” people think I can notice in conversations. I have always found myself trying to decipher human emotions like...

Coping & Engaging During the Holidays: Tips to Include Your Child with Special Needs in the Holiday Festivities
November 15th, 2017

Featured Image Blog 14 HolidayThis post originally appeared on the author’s blog, 4th Wall Theatre Company. It is re-posted here with permission. The holiday season is upon us and it seems that no matter what holiday you and your family celebrate or how you celebrate it, one common factor prevails from family to family: the holidays bring crowds. Even...

His Helicopter
November 8th, 2017

FamilyThis post originally appeared on the author’s blog, The AWEnesty of Autism. It is re-posted here with permission. My kids tell me that I worry “too much”. My husband knows that I worry “too much” and my friends tell me not to worry “too much”. I’m also pretty sure my son’s teachers, guidance counselors and doctors...

Latest News

Partnering with People with Autism Improves Research
January 17th, 2018

Parent FeaturedA growing number of researchers are consulting with people on the autism spectrum to improve their studies’ quality and accuracy. 

Shifting Views on Autism in France
January 16th, 2018

parentchildmomdadmotherfatherinfanttoddlerkidfamilylifesafetyhealthfeaturedimageFrance’s approach to autism has often lagged behind the latest research, but that is slowly beginning to shift. 

Why are so many children with autism in foster care?
January 12th, 2018

kidchildplayingplaygroundfunswingfreeskyfeaturedimageA lack of resources for families may be responsible for the high numbers of children with autism in foster care.

Autism rates in the U.S. stable since 2014
January 11th, 2018

boychildkidparentparentinghandbubblewonderlearnlearningfeaturedimageNew research suggests autism rates in the U.S. were stable from 2014 to 2016.

Museum program focuses on social skills and trains
January 10th, 2018

travelexploreconfidenthappygrownewyorkcitylifelivingsensorysensesfeaturedimageThe New York Transit Museum’s “Subway Sleuths” program connects kids with autism with a passion for trains!

Conventional sexual labels don’t fit some adults with autism
January 9th, 2018

lovemarriagemarriedrelationshipdatingengagedringflowerhandsexfeaturedimageA new Swedish study found that “adults who have characteristics of autism are about three times as likely as their peers to not identify themselves as heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual.”

Podcast Explores Digital Tools for ASD
January 8th, 2018

applewatchtechnologyelectronicsrobottouchfingerwristwearjewelrywatchclocktimephonefeaturedimageOAR board member Cathy Farmer is a guest speaker on Device Squad, discussing digital tools available for those impacted by autism. 

Police department gets proactive about autism
January 5th, 2018

bookpaperwritingcollegeschooleducationjobcareerfeaturedimagePolice officers in Ardmore, Oklahoma have adopted a autism emergency sheet that will better help them respond to calls related to persons with autism.

More parents turning to medical marijuana to help kids with autism
January 4th, 2018

Featured Image Blog 10 LandscapeSome parents have tried every treatment possible to help their kid(s) with autism. However, studies are showing more parents taking the marijuana route, and seeing beneficial differences.

Lack of reliable gastrointestinal tests hits autism in the gut
January 3rd, 2018

girlalonesiblingoutdoorsoutsideflowersfamilywomanfeaturedimage“By some estimates, more than 70 percent of people with autism have gastrointestinal issues. But other studies have pegged the prevalence as low as 9 percent.”