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Asperger;s Syndrome

Returning From the College Drop Off With Perseverance

Jeanne M. Stafford | Posted 09.02.2016 | Parents
Jeanne M. Stafford

In October, 2007 we took a family trip to West Point. During our walk through the scenic grounds my James saw the word "Perseverance" engraved on a bench. He said, "Look Mom, this is my word."

Stranger In A Strange Land: My Life With Asperger's

Quora | Posted 07.13.2016 | GPS for the Soul

How did you know you had Asperger's? originally appeared on Quora -- the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people w...

Best Plan For Autism Starts With Behavioral Therapy

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 07.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Bertin, M.D.

Although there is no cure for autism, various interventions can help diminish the symptoms, sometimes profoundly. Since both social and communicatio...

Autism Without Fear: 'Is My Company's Diversity And Inclusion Strategy... Comical?'

Michael John Carley | Posted 06.22.2016 | Business
Michael John Carley

Of course not. For starters, just by having a Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) strategy, you're doing more good than harm. But I'd wager that if you...

Scientists Seek Ban On Monsanto's RoundUp

Judy Frankel | Posted 06.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Judy Frankel

On Tuesday, a delegation of independent scientists urged the EPA to ban RoundUp, Monsanto's flagship herbicide at the O'Neill House Office Building in...

The Journey of an Aspie Mom

Tre Harrington | Posted 05.26.2016 | Parents
Tre Harrington

Things don't always go to plan. I learned that about a week after you came home. Since you were my third child, I had an idea or two of what to expect. Yet, you were nothing like the others.

Autism Without Fear: Secrets/Confessions of an NFL Mock Draft Genius/Loser

Michael John Carley | Posted 04.28.2016 | Sports
Michael John Carley

When we play sports, we fantasize about being the players. When we do mock drafts, it's the opposite. In an air of superiority, we instead pinch the skin, and check the teeth of NFL prospects. We get it then: They are not so enviable, and we are not so superior.

When Disease Names Honor the Infamous

Albert Einstein College of Medicine | Posted 08.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

. The discussion was difficult; by the end of the session, all of us were in tears. However, at no time during that visit were the names Julius Hallervorden and Hugo Spatz mentioned. Having read about them, I've erased the eponym bearing their names from my database.

People on the Autism Spectrum Are Made for High-Paid Jobs

Stephen Ruderman | Posted 04.25.2016 | Business
Stephen Ruderman

I am in no way endorsing the idea of not going to school, but if you look at all of the young adults who have Asperger's or are on the high end of the autism spectrum, a lot of them did not do well in school, yet they will be some of the best employees companies will have if they're given a shot to work in what they're talented at.

'Do I Have Asperger's or Narcissistic Personality Disorder?'

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 04.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Rodman PhD

Reader Either Way You Slice It, It's Not Great writes: My wife and I have been in couples counseling for 6 months and your article "Mr Perfect and hi...

Time For College Admissions To Consider A New Diversity (or Get Rid Of All Forms Of Affirmative Action In The College Admissions Process)

Rob Hahn | Posted 05.08.2016 | College
Rob Hahn

It's the college admissions decision season, a time when colleges and universities beat their chests with statistics for their incoming freshmen class...

Autism Without Fear: Advice for Young, Autistic Authors

Michael John Carley | Posted 04.14.2016 | Parents
Michael John Carley

A few of us have been at this "'notable person on the spectrum writes book'-thing" for some time. And whether it's me, Temple Grandin, Liane Holliday Willey, Jerry Newport, John Elder Robison, or Donna Williams...etc. I'm going to guess that we all, as oldsters, see a tremendous number of young, next-gen spectrumites who are writing, or who are seeking to write books about what life is like on the autism spectrum.

Faces of Autism

Carrie Cariello | Posted 04.01.2016 | Parents
Carrie Cariello

It is maybe the loneliest thing in the world, mothering my Jack-a-boo. I long for a glimpse of the rest of the one in sixty-eight. What do they look like? Do they eat ice cream after dinner? Are they curious about spiders? Do they dance to Bruno Mars or sing out loud to Justin Bieber? Do they play Minecraft?

New Understanding and Hope for Children on the Autism Spectrum: Based in Brain and Movement Sciences

Anat Baniel | Posted 04.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

When we create conditions that help the child's brain perceive differences better, the brain gets new information with which the child can then make sense of herself, of her experiences, and of the world around her. When you do this, you are connecting with your child. She begins to get out of her fog and can begin to connect more with you.

This Looks Really Hard. Is There Anything I Can Do to Help You?

Patti Digh | Posted 03.24.2016 | Parents
Patti Digh

I looked up at all the people staring at us, on the one hand thankful that they would want to call 9-1-1 at what must have looked like a kidnapping, and on the other hand angry that no one thought to ask or help. And in between those two poles, I was irritated that I was being judged as a bad parent, again.

Autism Without Fear: On Darius McCollum, and the Necessary Resignations of Allen Cappelli, Charles Moerdler, and Andrew Alpert

Michael John Carley | Posted 03.21.2016 | New York
Michael John Carley

Darius McCollum, the notorious train/bus thief with Asperger's, is back in the news...for a different reason than you might expect. No, Darius was no...

The Woman Who Mistook Herself for a Sociopath

Rachel Waters | Posted 03.16.2016 | Women
Rachel Waters

I entered Harlem Middle School in Fall 1994 with a mouthful of braces, an overflowing training bra and a lingering attachment to Velcro shoes. I had n...

Autism Without Fear: Don't Get TOO Excited About Autism Employment Initiatives

Michael John Carley | Posted 03.02.2016 | Parents
Michael John Carley

Over the last five years, many new non-profits (and for-profits with consciences) have formed to answer the 75-85% unemployment rate endured by adults...

Autism, Communication, Books and Cartoons

David Royko | Posted 12.18.2015 | Parents
David Royko

In the old, dark Bettelheim days of autism, it was assumed by many that those with the disorder didn't desire communication. We've since come to understand that a lack of ability doesn't necessarily reflect a lack of desire.

I Can't Fake It Until I Make It -- I'm Autistic

Jordan Schaul | Posted 11.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Jordan Schaul

I was, however, relieved to learn that my idiosyncrasies were things that could be attributed to factors outside of my control.  As a consequence, a diagnosis took some of the responsibility off my shoulders and it relieved me of the compulsion to conform. It's not that I didn't or don't want to conform, but with the diagnosis I accepted that I can't.

WATCH: All-Autistic Wedding Spreads Love, Awareness & Hope

HooplaHa | Posted 11.04.2015 | Good News

This is a wedding like you've never seen. Anita & Abraham met in the spring of 2013 at an Asperger's support group. They were friends for over a year...

Cultivating Dialog With Your Child About Disability

Lee Lee | Posted 10.20.2016 | Parents
Lee Lee

An important part of being an ally for your child and the disability community is accepting that you don't know everything about disability, which I find very comforting. I don't need to have all the answers, I just need to be respectful, curious and willing to learn.

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

Michael John Carley | Posted 10.06.2016 | 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 10.02.2016 | 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 09.25.2016 | 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."