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Asperger;s Syndrome

Autism Without Fear: Asperger's, Shootings, Healing, Guns

Michael John Carley | Posted 10.06.2015 | Parents
Michael John Carley

Almost three years have gone by since the horrific Newtown, CT shootings, and here we are again: Ten dead, and 20 injured in Oregon. Yes, there have been school shootings in between (approximately one per week), but the similarities between Chris Harper Mercer, Elliot Rodger in 2014, and Adam Lanza, revolve around suspected autism spectrum conditions.

5 Reasons We Continue to Go Outside

Jeramy Hope | Posted 10.02.2015 | Parents
Jeramy Hope

We often get asked why we continue to head out to dinner, festivals, events, cinema, and events where large amounts of people are. We get... "Why do you guys put yourself through this?" "Is it fair to get Jenna so upset? "Don't you get embarrassed?" "What about other people around you?" "Shouldn't you stick to McDonald's?"

Autism Without Fear: Schools Need to Bring Back Skilled Trades--A Conversation With Temple Grandin, Ph.D.

Michael John Carley | Posted 09.25.2015 | Education
Michael John Carley

"Many kids on the autism spectrum love to build things with Legos. When I was little, if it could be made from paper, tape, and cardboard, it got built. At age three, I had no speech, but lots of therapy and excellent teachers helped me be successful."

Autism Without Fear: Hold It--Donald Trump's a Moron on Vaccines? No. WASHINGTON'S a Moron on Vaccines!

Michael John Carley | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Michael John Carley

The comments of Obama, McCain, Hilary, Trump...etc. are mere reflections of the DC-area's widespread ignorance on this subject.


William Kenower | Posted 09.22.2015 | Fifty
William Kenower

When I was 35 I sent a copy of my third novel to my father. He emailed two days later saying he was eager to talk to me about it. I called him immediately. "Well, I think it's the best thing you've ever written," he said. "And I think you'll never be a success as a literary writer."

Thank You for the Ribbon

Randi Evans | Posted 09.14.2015 | Parents
Randi Evans

I am the proud mother of a child with Asperger's, and my son gets a hard lesson in life every day. His lessons are not related to points on a scoreboard or winning and losing, his lessons are about dealing with people.

Puppy Raisers Needed by Canine Companions for Independence

Cathy Kangas | Posted 09.08.2015 | Green
Cathy Kangas

Behind every one of these great dogs is a puppy raiser, someone who takes the dog into his home at eight weeks of age and gives it up at 18 months to a child or adult with a disability, whose life will be changed for the better.

Autism Without Fear: How 'Best Practices' Are Vastly Overrated in Today's Educational Environment

Michael John Carley | Posted 08.20.2015 | Education
Michael John Carley

As an autism consultant employed by schools, the over-reliance I see on best practices -- even without the term's vagaries -- is vast, counter-productive given the current climate, and might be causing us to miss greater gaps in educating students on the autism spectrum, if not beyond.

Dear Adam Levine

Carrie Cariello | Posted 08.04.2015 | Parents
Carrie Cariello

Listen, Adam. I get it. I'm not exactly an angel. I've been known to let a few bombs fly every once in a while, especially if I stub my toe on the corner of the kitchen stool or something. That really hurts! But I have never--even once--announced, "Hey kids! Dinner is going to taste like a mother--- !"

Autism Without Fear: When We Are Overhelmed

Michael John Carley | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Michael John Carley

Over the last 18 months, all's been quiet on the front of autism politics. But David M. Perry's poignant article in the New York Times had me questioning whether the lull was a good thing...or whether it was the continuation of a bad pattern.

Here's How A Dog Can Help Stop An Aspergers Meltdown

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living

"It's like a computer. There's too much input, there's not enough output, you lose control and you crash." That's what it feels like to have a melt...

Boy With Asperger's Dreaded Field Day, So Fellow Fifth-Graders Helped Him Feel Like A Star

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 06.08.2015 | Good News

When one boy felt nervous about a school event, his classmates made sure he would have the time of his life. Preston Lillis, a fifth-grader at Gra...

Autism Without Fear: Will 'The Player's Tribune' Introduce the First 'Out' Spectrum Pro Athlete?

Michael John Carley | Posted 06.02.2015 | Sports
Michael John Carley

In case anyone's missed it, there's a social revolution happening in the world of pro sports. In a natural extension of society, doing away with "th...

Asperger's Is Not a Cheese

Lauren Salkin | Posted 05.14.2015 | Parents
Lauren Salkin

We stopped speculating about Son's ability to defy gravity and dragged him to a pediatric neurologist. To our surprise, his brain scans were normal. As far as the head tilt, the doctor said, "He'll grow out of it. It's nothing to be concerned about." Sure, he's not your kid.

The Boy Who Couldn't Be A Cub Scout

Mary Hickey | Posted 06.27.2015 | Parents
Mary Hickey

Do you know that this boy was born a month too soon? Do you know that in the hospital, I watched him through the glass as warming lights and IVs gave him the things that I couldn't provide?

The Emotional Moment D.L. Hughley Realized His Son With Asperger's Syndrome Would 'Be All Right'

OWN | Posted 04.27.2015 | OWN

When we think of D.L. Hughley, we think of "The Hughleys" sitcom star and "The Original Kings of Comedy" funnyman who sold out arenas around the count...

Since When Is Autism A Competition?

Julie M Green | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

Autism is not a competition. It's a spectrum, with challenges common enough to fall under the same diagnostic family tree, yet different enough for the grass to seem greener on the other side.

Aspiring for Inclusion: Aspire Gala Raises Record Amount for Innovative Autism Program

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact
Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D.

April 2nd is an important day in the calendar of autism advocates; a day designated by the United Nations as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). The da...

You're Not as 'Normal' as You Think You Are: Redefining 'Normal'

Randi Evans | Posted 06.13.2015 | Parents
Randi Evans

My son is beautiful and more importantly, he's true to who he is, more true than I could ever be. And the only time he's ever embarrassed about who he is, is when I have to remind him that "we can't do that here," or when he's drawing eyes that look at him like he's crazy.

Autism Without Fear: On the Twizzler Challenge and Other Populist Trends

Michael John Carley | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael John Carley

It started on Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars," Meredith Vieira ramped it up with Willie Geist, Regis Philbin did it with Hoda Kotb, Matt La...

Who Who Cares What 'They' Say

Randi Evans | Posted 05.30.2015 | Parents
Randi Evans

As I'm sitting in the front row on the bleachers, I can hear your whispers to your spouse, friends and other parents. I hear what you say.

No One RSVP'd To This Teen's Birthday Bash So The Internet Partied With Him Instead

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 03.25.2015 | Good News

Updated on March 25, 2015: 10:15 a.m. EDT To celebrate his 13th birthday, Odin Camus' mom planned an extra-fun party, complete with bowling, balloo...

Odin's Birthday Was Spectacular, But This Mom's Not Celebrating

Julie M Green | Posted 05.24.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

Maybe for kids like Odin -- for kids like mine -- inviting the whole class or some dozen kids is only setting up our kids for disappointment and humiliation when no one shows up.

My Daughter Is A Gift, But Her Autism Is Not

Ravishly | Posted 05.03.2015 | Parents

She is both crushingly disabled by autism and absolutely, emphatically her own self. She is a gift, that much is true. But her autism, like my missing fingers or my damaged DNA, is not.

Missing Teen With Asperger's FOUND SAFE

AP | Posted 03.01.2015 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) -- Police say a 15-year-old Swedish boy with Asperger's syndrome who disappeared from a fast food restaurant in New York City has been f...