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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...