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6 Reasons to Cheer from the Autism Society Conference!
October 18th, 2017

manwomanboygirlindividualpersonpersonalgrowthlearnexplorehappyconfidentfeaturedimageThe Autism Society Conference is a safe place to be around people who genuinely want the best outcomes for autistic individuals at every stage of their lives. The people who organize it do a great job at being inclusive — all voices are welcome and everyone has an opportunity to be heard. More autistic voices...

How My Autistic Children Helped Me Accept My Own Autism
October 11th, 2017

siblingssisterfriendhugloverelationshipfamilycarebondfeaturedimageI was diagnosed as autistic at the age of 52. I had worked it out well before then! The realization came when my oldest child was diagnosed at age 11. I have a clear memory of being in the car with him as he had the routine post-school meltdown. “I’m a freak,” he cried and...

13 Things I Want My Son’s School to Know Because of His Autism
October 4th, 2017

schoolkidschildstudentlearnfeaturedimageIf you are a parent of a child with autism or a disability, you know the tug-of-war between the school and the parent is real and can be stressful. The IEP meeting every year is something many of us dread. You might attend seminars, ask for ideas in autism groups online, read various tips and tricks, try...

Examining Why Autism Is Under-Diagnosed in the Hispanic Community
September 27th, 2017

questionquestionmarkunsurelifeconfusedmaybesadfeaturedimageThe quickest growing population in the United States has the lowest autism diagnosis rates, according to several studies, and the big question on everyone’s mind is: Why? Well, according to pediatricians across the country, the primary reason for low diagnosis rates in Hispanics is due to the confusion of the questions on the screening questionnaire. The solution presented to this is a...

Integrated Classrooms Benefit Both Kids With Autism And Their Peers
September 20th, 2017

children + featured imageThis piece originally appeared on the Huffington Post and is re-posted here with permission. My oldest son came home one day with an excellent idea. Little did we know how it would shape all our lives to come. In Grade 4, Liam handed me an application to attend Montreal’s Mackay Centre Schoolwhere he, as a typically...

The Sleep Cycle
September 13th, 2017

babyhappysmileinfanttoddlerkidchildchildrenfamilymomdadmotherfatherlifelivinghomefeaturedimageAh, Summer! Typically known by many as a “break” from the rigor and routine of the school year. Whether or not you have school-age children in your home, our lives still revolve loosely around this schedule. Ever try planning a work meeting in August? AAAHHHHH, Summer!!!! For parents of those who happen to have Autism...

Fitness and Autism
September 6th, 2017

tennisshoesplaysportsathleteathleticsshopshoppingrunexerciseathletefeaturedimageWhen we discuss ASD, we rarely discuss fitness for children on the spectrum. While it is becoming clear that the people on the autism spectrum need and benefit from physical activity, there are still very few fitness and exercise programs for the population on the spectrum. Fitness activities should be more integrated into school, gyms,...

5 Practical Tips for Teaching Students with Autism
August 30th, 2017

book+featuredimageNext in our back to school series, self-advocate Ron Sandison shares his tips for educators teaching children on the autism spectrum. My sister-in-law is a two time teacher of the year winner for her county with sixteen years of experience. Her first teaching assignment lasted just two weeks. She was hired as assistant teacher of...

10 Thoughts on Starting School – Autism Edition
August 23rd, 2017

schoolkidschildstudentlearnfeaturedimageAs back to school season is underway, a mom shares her thoughts on her son’s progress over the years. This post was originally published on Lauren’s blog, Laughing… Like It’s My Job.   1. I am always learning something new about my 16 year old.  We typically begin our school prep about 2 weeks before the...

What Holds Self-Advocates Back
August 16th, 2017

safetytrafficlightroadroutetravelcommuteskygostopslowfeaturedimageElaina Fernandez is a 2016 Schwallie Family Scholar. Entering her second year at University of Montevallo, she shares her views on the ignorance and the lack of awareness about autism around her. As a person with Autism Spectrum Disorder, I believe that the main factor holding back autistic people today – as it has been for...

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Yes, you CAN plan your retirement while caring for your child with autism
October 20th, 2017

Featured Image Blog 6 FamilyHow can you successfully plan your retirement, all the while being a caretaker for your child with ASD? This article offers some tips on how to do just that.

Autism research stymied by hurricane
October 18th, 2017

wateroutdoorsoutsideboatactivityfeaturedimageHurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, causing in excess of $20 billion dollars worth of damage. It has also delayed the autism research that has been taking place on the island.

Show about surgeon with ASD is awarded a full season on ABC
October 17th, 2017

homegirlwomandoganimalcouchsofarelaxhappylifeweekendcasualfeaturedimage“The Good Doctor,” a procedural on ABC about a surgeon with autism has been awarded a full season. “The Good Doctor” airs on Mondays at 10 p.m. ET.

Uncovering the anxiety that often comes along with autism
October 16th, 2017

Featured Image Blog 12 ChildThis piece focuses on researching and understanding the correlation between autism and anxiety.

DNA vs. Environment: The role genetics plays in autism
October 13th, 2017

dadfatherchildbabyinfanttoddlergrowlovefamilyparentfeaturedimageFor many years scientist have been attempting to uncover the fundamental cause(s) of autism. Read this article to see what researchers recently uncovered.

More employers hiring people with ASD
October 12th, 2017

citylandscapefreejobworkcareeradultwaterfeaturedimageAutistic people are believed to make the workplace better. Now some employers are seeking them out instead of marginalizing them.

Suicidal tendencies hard to spot in some people with autism
October 11th, 2017

mentalhealthstigmadisabilityanxietyautismmedicalprofessionaltherapyfeaturedimageSuicide rates are higher in people with autism, but the signs may be different than for neurotypicals.

‘Tone’ of phrase may differ in autism, but meaning is clear
October 10th, 2017

Featured Image Blog 2 LandscapeA new study finds that men with autism may speak with unusual prosody, but their meaning is clear to listeners.

Autism Training for Florida Police Begins
October 9th, 2017

airporttravelbusmoveairplaneexploreworldfeaturedimageFollowing the police shooting of a caretaker of an adult man with autism, a new Florida has mandating autism training for police is now in effect.

Nonprofit Seeks to Create 130k Jobs for People with Disabilities
October 6th, 2017

transitionworkworkplaceworkforcecareerjobmansuittiecollegeeducationuniversityadulthoodfeaturedimageCreative Spirit, a new nonprofit, was founded with the goal of creating 130,000 jobs for people with developmental disabilities by 2020.