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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.


Spectrum Thinking
June 20th, 2018

puzzlegamecolorstoykidschildrenplayfeaturedimageRhi, a self-advocate, discusses being on the spectrum, especially how she differs from other people with autism. Rhi astutely states that the stereotype society has for people with autism is ill-defined and incorrect; she writes this post to illustrate that everyone has different strengths and weaknesses and suggests ways to embrace one’s talents. This was...

Navigating Through College Social Scenes: My Experience at a University (Part 2)
June 13th, 2018

manboystudentschooloutdoorsoutsidecitylifewalkwalkingfeaturedimageJames Taniguchi is a 2016 OAR Scholarship recipient. This is the second post in his series for OAR’s blog. In my last post, I explained some of the social and communication challenges that people on the spectrum experience in unstructured conversations. Many of the social approaches I mentioned rely on speaking fluently and understanding what others...

Team Member Spotlight: Linda Beck
June 6th, 2018


College Social Scenes: My Ways to Overcome Social Challenges
June 1st, 2018

careneedsafetyhelpassistancetroublefeaturedimageJames Taniguchi is a 2016 OAR Scholarship recipient. This is the second post in his series for OAR’s blog. As I mentioned in my previous post, this blog will focus on my college experience so far and the social strategies I’m using to overcome my challenges with verbal communication. This post is intended to help students...

The Things Autistic People Are Passionate About
May 24th, 2018

studentofficedeskworkadulttransitionjobcareerlearnfeaturedimageSelf advocate Sue Abramowski explains how many people with ASD feel about their interests and passions, and how these passions are unique and something to be proud of. This was originally posted on The Mighty. If you’re familiar with autism, I’m sure you’ve heard of the term “special interests.” Everyone has something they have a...

An “Invisible Barrier”: Is College Any Different?
May 23rd, 2018

questionquestionmarkunsurelifeconfusedmaybesadfeaturedimageJames Taniguchi is a 2016 OAR Scholarship recipient. This is the first post in his series for OAR’s blog. Many of ­my interpersonal relationships have ended abruptly or in disappointment. Sometimes these experiences make me think there is an “invisible barrier” that constantly surrounds me. Prior to attending college, I had expected to overcome my difficulties...

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...

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School Offers New Model for Preparing People with Autism for the Workforce
June 22nd, 2018

employer employee employment work running featured imageThe Meristem school in Sacramento just graduated its inaugural class. This school allows students with autism to take skill-specific courses like metal work, carpentry, culinary arts, film making, and textiles, among others. This school uses a hands-on approach to teaching to prepare its students for the workforce. 

Typically Nonverbal Boy with Autism Stuns by Speaking at Graduation
June 21st, 2018

graduateschooleducationcollegeuniversityclasslearngrowaccomplishstudentmommotherwomanfeaturedimageSef Scott surprises his fellow classmates by giving a speech at graduation. Speaking lessons and advice that apply to both people with autism and without, Sef uses this moment as an opportunity to express himself to the people he grew up with. 

World’s Largest Autism Grant Awarded
June 20th, 2018

Innovative Medicines Initiative awards the world’s largest neurodevelopmental grant, €115 million, to IoPPN at King’s College London. The grant, Autism Innovative Medicine Studies-2-Trials (AIMS-2-Trials), will go towards increasing our understanding and improving health and quality of life for people with autism. 

Eagle Scout Project to Increase Autism Awareness
June 19th, 2018

education+ featured imageHenry Pluta, a member of Scout Troop 189, uses his Eagle Scout project to promote autism through an art show. The art show will consist of pieces from local artists as well as student contributions to illustrate the values of autism schools: trust, compassion, quality, diversity, integrity, and safety. 

Popcorn for the People supports employees with autism
June 18th, 2018

ideathoughtworkcareermoneysalaryjobbrainplangoalfuturegrowfeaturedimage35 percent of young adults with autism spectrum disorder are unemployed or do not receive a higher education. Popcorn for the People aims to change that by providing employment opportunity to people with autism. According to the founder, Samuel Bier, selling three bags of popcorn equals one hour of employment. 

New Study Finds Mysterious Link between Food Allergies and Autism
June 15th, 2018

womangirljobcareermoneyworkbakeryfoodtreathealthnutritioncompanycreativetransitionfeaturedimageA new study from the University of Iowa found that children diagnosed with ASD are twice as likely to have food allergies. While this study isn’t suggesting that allergies cause autism, or vice versa, it provides a mysterious link between the two, urging researchers to look more in depth. More research will be needed to...

People with Autism are at a Higher Risk for being Homeless
June 14th, 2018

bikebicycleexerciseathleteoutdoorsraincityjobfeaturedimageA new study shows that people with autism are at a greater risk for homelessness because there are not enough resources for them, like housing and employment. Another study that looked at a random sample of people who are homeless found that 12.3% of them have autism – this statistic is much higher than the...

World Autistic Pride Day – Celebrate your Differences
June 12th, 2018

manboynatureoutsideoutdoorslearngrowhikewalkbackpackmountainexplorefeaturedimageWorld Autistic Pride Day, celebrated on June 18, differs from Autism Awareness Day. Instead of focusing on spreading awareness and advocating for research, World Autistic Pride Day is a day for self-advocates to celebrate their differences. Altogether Autism has events and speakers for this day – all of whom will talk about their personal experiences...

Malaysian director’s film about autism is up to win awards
June 11th, 2018

adventurelifetravelroadplanrouteadultfeaturedimageChuan’s drama, based on his short film about living with his brother who is autistic, is up to win several awards in Shanghai and Japan. Chuan wanted the film to fight negative stereotypes about autism; he wanted to show that people with autism “are people with rich inner worlds, who must be nurtured with love...

Spinner creates documentary based on her son’s diagnoses
June 8th, 2018

mothermomdaughterkidchildfunnyfacelovetravelfamilybondconnectionfeaturedimageWhen Jackie Spinner, a professor and former Washington Post Baghdad bureau chief, adopted her sons from Morocco, she had no idea that they would later be diagnosed with autism. As a result, Spinner and her sons traveled to Morocco to learn more about the autistic community there and to film scenes for her new documentary,...