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Traveling and Autism 2/2
August 9th, 2017

bikebicycleexerciseathleteoutdoorsraincityjobfeaturedimageIn this original blog, autism professional Elisse Bachman lays a humorous eye on traveling with a family member on the Spectrum. This blog is divided in two posts, the first of which was published last week, on August 2. And that’s what it’s like when you FINALLY get on the plane.  Where do you sit?...

Help Us Win $50,000 to Support Employment of Individuals with Autism
August 8th, 2017

ha-featVote every day from now until August 31st to help Hire Autism win $50,000! Hire Autism maintains an autism-friendly jobs portal for job seekers on the spectrum and employers willing to consider them for employment.

Traveling and Autism 1/2
August 2nd, 2017

travelexploreconfidenthappygrownewyorkcitylifelivingsensorysensesfeaturedimageIn this original blog, autism professional Elisse Bachman lays a humorous eye on traveling with a family member on the spectrum. This blog is divided in two posts, the second of which will be published next week, on August 9. The beginning….I’d like to say, congratulations if you are traveling with an autistic family member. ...

A Love for Dinosaurs
July 26th, 2017

mentalhealthstigmadisabilityanxietyautismmedicalprofessionaltherapyfeaturedimageABA therapy is often an essential part of a child’s with autism’s treatment plan. Through weekly visits, and shared successes, ABA centers often take up a big role in the daily lives of families with members on the autism spectrum. Action Behavior Centers has chosen to share some of these success stories with the OAR community....

Julia is Finally Here
July 19th, 2017

kidchildrunfreefreedomboltflaparmsgrassskyoutdoorsoutsideplayrunskipfeaturedimageA mother is thrilled to see that Sesame Street’s new muppet, Julia, has autism. She is grateful that mainstream television is showcasing autism in a positive way, and hope it will help children understand autism as a difference, making lives easier for children on the spectrum. This blog post was originally posted on Kate’s blog, the...

When a Meeting Changed the Academic Trajectory of My Son on the Autism Spectrum
July 12th, 2017

kidchildrunfreefreedomboltflaparmsgrassskyoutdoorsoutsideplayrunskipfeaturedimageIn this week’s blog, a mother tells how her never-ending belief in her son’s ability helped her find the right school system for him, which led him to find success in college. This blog was originally posted on The Mighty. We received the most amazing letter this week from our son’s university. It said, “On...

Thank you, Asperger’s
July 5th, 2017

womanworkworkingcomputerjobcareerworkplacefeaturedimageAt age 67, Garret Mathews was diagnosed with Aspergers. In this post, he writes on the positive impact Asperger’s may have had on his career as a columnist. This post was originally published on Garret Matthews’ blog, An Aspie Comes Out of the Closet. Lost in some discussions on Asperger’s is dialogue about the plus...

Autistic Women, Pregnancy and Motherhood
June 28th, 2017

pregnanybabyfamilymomdadmotherfatherlearninginfanttoddlerkidchildgrandparentsfeaturedimageThis week, our blog post gives insight on motherhood and parenting while on the autism spectrum as Lana Grant writes on the lack of knowledge of this possibility among medical professionals. Lana Grant’s blog was originally published on Spectrum Women. I was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 2007 at the age of 38. I was already a mother...

This is David
June 21st, 2017

manboynatureoutsideoutdoorslearngrowhikewalkbackpackmountainexplorefeaturedimageIn this week’s post Russell Lehmann shares how a stranger helped him as he was having a meltdown in an airport. This heartwarming post was originally posted on Russell Lehmann’s Facebook page.   This is David. He works for American Airlines. I will never forget this man for as long as I live. After having my...

My ABC’s of Autism Advocacy
June 14th, 2017

Featured Image Blog 9 AdultDr. Lamar Hardwick reflects on Autism Awareness Month. This piece was originally published on Lamar’s website, The Autism Pastor. Last month was Autism Awareness month and people all over the globe were communicating, campaigning, criticizing, and complaining about autism and the like. When it comes to autism and autism advocacy/activism there is nor shortage of...

Latest News

Target Releases Sensory-Friendly Clothing
August 22nd, 2017

girlalonesiblingoutdoorsoutsideflowersfamilywomanfeaturedimageTarget releases selections of sensory-friendly clothing for kids online this week. 

Baby Siblings Could Hold Clues to Autism Diagnosis
August 21st, 2017

babyhappysmileinfanttoddlerkidchildchildrenfamilymomdadmotherfatherlifelivinghomefeaturedimageResearchers are studying the younger siblings of kids on the autism spectrum, but determining early markers for ASD is more complex than originally expected.  

My Autism Allows Me to See the World in a Different Way
August 18th, 2017

computer + featured imageNaoki Higashida is the Japanese author of The Reason I Jump and now Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8. Here, he describes what it’s like to be a person with nonverbal autism.

Art therapy best practices for children with autism
August 17th, 2017

education+ featured imageA Florida State University researcher is working with art therapists to find better ways to treat children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Effects of cognitive behavior therapy on parents of children with autism
August 16th, 2017

mothermomdaughterkidchildfunnyfacelovetravelfamilybondconnectionfeaturedimageAugust 1, 2017 – Parents of children with autism experience a greater impact from their child’s therapy than once thought, according to new research out of York University’s Faculty of Health. 

Partially Blind Teen With Autism Shows Off Incredible Singing Voice: ‘It Makes Me Feel Really Happy’
August 15th, 2017

girlalonesiblingoutdoorsoutsideflowersfamilywomanfeaturedimageA 17-year-old with autism, who can’t read or write music, is wowing fans with her astonishing voice.

A pineapple in your sock drawer: how surprise is key to unlocking the secrets of autism
August 14th, 2017

boychildkidchildrenmaneateatingfoodfruithealthyhealthnutritionkitchenfamilyfeaturedimageA new study has shown how those with autism are more likely to expect the unexpected.

Study casts doubt on music therapy for kids with autism
August 12th, 2017

ideathoughtworkcareermoneysalaryjobbrainplangoalfuturegrowfeaturedimageEthan Jones thinks he was playing the piano. “I was with someone, and we were in a room, and we were just playing a piano,” Jones, 23, a resident of New York, said of his first music therapy session.

Autism Is Becoming More ‘Mainstream’
August 11th, 2017

workcareerjobmoneysalarypaysuittietransitionformalskilltechnologyworkforcefeaturedimageThere are now more people with autism on-screen and in the workforce.

Rethinking regression in autism
August 10th, 2017

boychildkidparentparentinghandbubblewonderlearnlearningfeaturedimageThe loss of abilities that besets some toddlers with autism is probably less sudden and more common than anyone thought.