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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.


My Fiance and I are Both Autistic, But Different
May 17th, 2018

lovedatingrelationshipsexengagedmarriagemarriedweddingloveringhugsmilehappyfamilyfeaturedimageSelf advocate Jackie Parslow shares her experiences about being in a romantic relationship with someone who is also on the autism spectrum. This was originally posted on The Mighty. My fiance Peter and I are both autistic. While we love each other dearly, there are still obstacles with communication and other differences. As Dr. Stephen...

The North Face Endurance Challenge Series
May 3rd, 2018


One Part of Sensory Overload That You Might Not Think About
May 3rd, 2018

bikebicycleexerciseathleteoutdoorsraincityjobfeaturedimageSelf advocate Jordan Aukema shines some light on the often times overwhelming experience of sensory overload and strategies on how to cope by detailing his own encounters with this challenging phenomenon. This was originally published on The Mighty. When you hear “sensory overload,” what do you think? Most would think a loud room with lights and things rubbing against...

My College Experience as Someone on the Autism Spectrum
April 26th, 2018

clocktimeschoolworkcareerjobeducationlearnlearningfeaturedimageSelf advocate Erin Clemens shares her thoughts regarding her undergraduate experience while studying to become a teacher, and what motivated her to finish college and beyond. This blog was originally posted on The Mighty. School was always a challenge for me. I remember struggling to understand what the teachers wanted from me. I remember fearing...

The Surprising Similarities Between Art Therapy and Autism Support Dogs
April 19th, 2018

colorcreativeartschoolchildkidlearnfeaturedimageWith her years of teaching experience, writer Amanda Ronan explores how the two distinct therapeutic approaches of art therapy and support dogs seem to have some interesting overlaps in the results produced with kids on the spectrum. This post was originally published on The Art of Autism.  In my first years of teaching in the...

Team Member Spotlight: Hillary Minicucci
April 10th, 2018


Elopement and Autism
April 5th, 2018

kidchildrunfreefreedomboltflaparmsgrassskyoutdoorsoutsideplayrunskipfeaturedimageWandering, or “running away” from a caregiver, is a common problem in children with autism. Crystal Sanford explains this phenomenon and what families can do to prevent this behavior. This blog was originally posted on Sanford Autism Consulting. Wondering what “elopement” and autism have in common? Do individuals with autism often secretly run away to get married? Alas,...

Four Love Lessons I’ve Learned from Individuals with Autism
March 29th, 2018

lovemarriagemarriedrelationshipdatingengagedringflowerhandsexfeaturedimageSociety gives us many images of what “love” looks like. Whether it’s through TV shows, music, or the newest top celebrity, our minds can become flooded with thoughts about what it looks like to have that “picture-perfect” relationship. While there are many people and things in my life who have taught me about love by showing it...

Finding Resources: Part Two
March 22nd, 2018

computerworkcareersalarymoneyjobtransitionelectronicstechnologylearngrowskillsfeaturedimageThis is the second part to Kat Albee’s blog post Finding Resources. In the conclusion of her blog series, Kat includes additional guidance for how those in the autism community can continue to advocate for themselves.   Using The Internet If you are reading this, then you have an advantage unique in all of human history. No, it’s...

Finding Resources
March 15th, 2018

computerbookworkadultcareermoneyjoblearntransitioncollegeuniversityschoolstudentfeaturedimageSelf-advocate Kat Albee highlights ways in which those on the spectrum can be resourceful and hold onto a positive outlook in a variety of real-world situations. This is Part One of her post. Part Two will be featured in next week’s blog.   Changing Your Mindset I recently read a memoir called Growing Up Yanomamo. It’s about...

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Autism Gender Differences and the DSM-5
May 18th, 2018

womenfuntravelgirlsunworkcareerjobfeaturedimageGirls with autism have been often overlooked, and new research that has studied autism presentation in females shows that it can often greatly differ from how it appears in males. Autism is also a disorder that can really change over the course of one’s lifespan and as one progresses through various developmental stages, which may...

Geography May Influence Autism Therapy
May 17th, 2018

familyparentparentingparenthooddadmommotherfatherkidchildtoddlerinfantoutdoorsoutsidefeaturedimageAccording to new research done by the University of Houston, where families are located in the United States can significantly influence what type of therapy their children with autism receive. For example, people in the northeast are more likely to have sought out occupational and speech therapies whereas in the Midwest and South, medication-based therapy...

New Survey Identifies Factors That Help Adults with ASD Get Jobs
May 16th, 2018

Psychologist Matthew Lerner reports that the most important factors that people with autism have identified for getting a job are past work experience and vocational training. For maintaining a job, however, one of the most significant factors is focusing on individual strengths like attention to detail. To sum it up, people with autism can be...

The Evolution of the Autism Diagnosis
May 15th, 2018

librarybookslearnreadinternetelectronicsmediatechnologyfeaturedimageThis article explores the history of autism, and how it has changed from being a form of schizophrenia to a cluster of related developmental disorders to finally a spectrum-based disorder. It also explores controversies within the DSM, and how views of autism may change in the future.

A Robot Who Helps Kids with Autism
May 14th, 2018

videogamesplayteenagerteenboymangamesviolencebadnegativeeffectsfeaturedimageNao is a human-like robot that is being implemented into therapies and social skills training for children with autism. Initial studies in Europe have shown promising results, which might be due to the fact that these children can more easily predict the robot’s behaviors as opposed to typical spontaneous human interaction. 

Strong Light Reflex In Infancy May Predict Later Autism Diagnosis
May 11th, 2018

babychildinfanttoddlerkidchildrenplaylovelifehappysmilemomdadmotherfatherfamilytoysleepfeaturedimageNew studies published in “Nature Communications” have shown that children who later receive a diagnosis of autism were more likely to have a strong pupillary light reaction as infants. These new findings support the view that autism has a strong basis in sensory processing, and how we process stimuli plays an important part in the...

Minnesota School Gives Students with Autism Opportunity to Thrive
May 10th, 2018

education+ featured imageAs the only school in the state to offer a specialty K-12 education to students on the autism spectrum up until the age of 21, The Academy of Whole Learning is unique not just on a state level, but on a national level as well.  The school incorporates social skills training in all academic classes so...

Spectrum Art Prize Has Been Awarded
May 9th, 2018

deskcoffeeworkartdesigncollegeschooluniversityworkplaceofficejobcareerfeaturedimageThis year’s Spectrum Art Prize was awarded to young self-advocate Charlotte Amelia Poe. Diagnosed with ASD at age 21, she feels that autism is an integral part of her identity. Through her video “How To Be Autistic”, Poe hopes to not only demonstrate how she has experienced autism, but also how others in the world may...

New Test May Predict Autism in Early Infancy
May 8th, 2018

babychildkidinfanteyesbirthmothermomfatherdadparentparentinghealthwellnesssafetyfeaturedimageA new test using EEGs may be able to accurately predict autism in babies as young as 3 months, and with almost perfect accuracy at 9 months, according to new research in the journal Scientific Reports. EEGs are low-cost, non-invasive, and relatively easy to incorporate into regular check-ups. More research needs to be done on...

UC Berkeley Launches Internship Program for Students with ASD
May 7th, 2018

work + “featured image”Heading off to college can be a tricky transition for any young person, especially those with autism who have difficulty with new environments and social situations. UC Berkeley is looking to provide additional support to its students on the spectrum by launching an internship program where students can “develop adult life skills, make new friends,...