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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 a self-advocate for autism. 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...

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...

We’re Not “Bad at Sex,” But We Sure Are Bad at Teaching It – Part 1: “Be Afraid!”
October 3rd, 2018

loverelationshipgirlfriendboyfriendhusbandwifemarriageengagedholdinghandsfeaturedimageMichael 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 was originally posted on Sinkhole. In 2003, I founded the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership...

Looking for Friends in All of the Right Places
September 26th, 2018

familyselfietechnologysmartphonepicturephototraveltogethermomdadmotherfathersiblingfeaturedimageIn this article, Jennifer Rose writes about a friendship that’s based on their similarities and compatibility, not on their disabilities. Jennifer is a self-advocate and a student at the College of St. Elizabeth. My mom wanted me to have a memorable summer last year. Naturally, she considered a list of options, such as seeing my older cousin...

When a Parent of a Child Just Diagnosed With Autism Asked Me What to Do
September 19th, 2018

babychildinfanttoddlerkidchildrenplaylovelifehappysmilemomdadmotherfatherfamilytoysleepfeaturedimageErin Clemens, a self-advocate, gives stellar advice about what to do if your child is just diagnosed with autism. This loving and thoughtful advice will really make a difference in how your child accepts the diagnosis, and it will help you accept the diagnosis also. This post was originally written on The Mighty. As someone...

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How Three Women Dealt with Delayed Autism Diagnoses
November 21st, 2018

adultwomantransitiontravelindependencecityworkfreedomfeaturedimageAlthough the CDC estimates that only one girl is diagnosed with autism for every four boys, research is revealing the gender bias that delays autism diagnoses in women. In this article, three women discuss their delay in treatment, and the sexism they faced in receiving a treatment.  

Daivergent: The Company that Connects Workers with ASD
November 20th, 2018

workcareerjobmoneysalarypaysuittietransitionformalskilltechnologyworkforcefeaturedimageBryan Dai created a new company, Daivergent, because his younger brother has autism. Dai wanted to show that his younger brother, along with other adults with autism, are perfect candidates for complex tasks that require extraordinary attention to detail. Daivergent connects enterprise clients with individuals with ASD who can help complete tasks in Machine Learning...

Siblings of Individuals with Autism
November 19th, 2018

siblingssisterfriendhugloverelationshipfamilycarebondfeaturedimageNew research demonstrates how siblings of children with autism tend to struggle with anxiety, depression, and social difficulties. Evidence from 70 studios have shown the effects autism has on that individual’s sibling. To decrease anxiety, depression, and social difficulties, Spectrum strongly advocates for the siblings to engage in early behavioral treatments.  

The All American Autism Friendly City
November 16th, 2018

womangirlrelaxingrelaxedhappyconfidentoutdoorsoutsidesuntransitionaloneindividualfeaturedimageWhat would an autism-inclusive city look like? As someone on the spectrum with Asperger’s Syndrome, it would look like a place where I was understood and accepted, even though they knew I was different. It would be a place where people knew the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum (even an adult tantrum) and...

Nemours opens $20 million center for autism
November 15th, 2018

airporttravelbusmoveairplaneexploreworldfeaturedimageNemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children opened a $20 million autism and behavior health center this fall. The center, decorated in muted blues, greens and purples, offers families a one-stop location for both diagnosing and treating children with autism and other behavioral health needs. A hospital study found that child mental health services were the biggest area of...

Calls more a more inclusive society
November 14th, 2018

travelexploreconfidenthappygrownewyorkcitylifelivingsensorysensesfeaturedimageAutism charity AsIAm has called on the Government to help bring about a more inclusive society for people living with Autism. The autism advocacy and charity organisation, which is hosting its annual conference in Malahide, believes a better understanding of autism amongst employers, educators and society as a whole, could make the world of difference....

The creative techniques that rescuers use to find missing children with autism
November 13th, 2018

careneedsafetyhelpassistancetroublefeaturedimageWhen children with autism go missing, rescuers get to know their likes and dislikes, and use familiar sounds to draw them out during the search. This week, authorities pumped pre-recorded messages from Maddox Scott Ritch’s parents into the sprawling Rankin Lake Park in Gastonia, North Carolina — the last place the 6-year-old boy was seen...

5-year-old girl with ASD mistakes bride for Cinderella and has a magical moment
November 12th, 2018

siblingssisterfriendhugloverelationshipfamilycarebondfeaturedimageA 5-year-old girl with autism saw a bride taking wedding photos in New York’s Akron Falls Park last week and mistook her for Cinderella.  Because she has autism, it’s often difficult for Layla Lester to interact with strangers. But Cinderella is no stranger. Layla loves Disney, so when she saw a “Disney princess” at the park,...

Therapy taps rhythm to boost speech in children with autism
November 9th, 2018

technologyelectronicsheadphoneslistentelevisionradionyellowhearsenseshearingfeaturedimageA novel type of speech therapy may improve the verbal abilities of children with autism who speak few or no words, according to a new study1. Children with the mildest autism traits and those who speak the most consonant and vowel sounds would benefit most. The therapy, called auditory-motor mapping training (AMMT), involves the children...

Orlando Rep’s sensory-friendly shows designed for children with ASD
November 8th, 2018

flowersgiftpresentmommothergirlnicesurprisehomefeaturedimageThe concept of sensory-friendly shows was new to Jeff Revels and the Orlando Repertory Theater back in September 2013. The theater had just established such shows to accommodate children with autism spectrum disorder, and no one was quite sure what the results would be, said Revels, Orlando Rep’s artistic director. Then something happened in the...