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Asperger;s Syndrome

Autism: A New Cultural Competency

William Stillman | Posted 04.13.2014 | Parents
William Stillman

Understanding autism cultural competency includes making compassionate accommodations when and where possible in consideration of someone's sensory sensitivities. This requires not only awareness but compromise.

Time for Autism Speaks to Zip It?

Michele Somerville | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Michele Somerville

My son Jack, a young man with Asperger's, a "disorder" on the autism spectrum, was about 13 when Dr. Wang, a Chinese medicine practitioner he sees for...

Teen Playing Xbox Dies Of Heart Attack

Posted 07.16.2013 | Crime

A UK teen with an undiagnosed condition suffered a heart attack while playing Xbox, and later died after two days on life support. He was 16. Jake ...

The Latest Trend On TV: Characters With Asperger's

Maggie Furlong | Posted 07.10.2013 | TV
Maggie Furlong

Featuring a character on the autism spectrum on a TV show is hardly a new phenomenon, but it does seem to be more prevalent in pop culture lately. Is it a sign of society's efforts to embrace and personify a disorder that has become more and more prevalent?

Pimp and Circumstance

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 09.02.2013 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

One of the things I admire most about my Asperger's son is his complete disregard for winning the approval of others. He is a wonderful melange of scholar and rebel.

Swimming Upstream

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 08.03.2013 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

"Asperger's" is not a dirty word to be whispered. It is part of my son's makeup, the same as his brown hair and his hazel eyes.

Autism and Empathy

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Liane Kupferberg Carter

So why does this myth that autistic people lack empathy persist? The reasons are complicated -- a convergence of media, popular culture, and ignorance.

Every Day Is Mother's Day

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 07.09.2013 | Parents
Laura Rossi Totten

The only way I can explain it is to tell you that I feel like you do on Christmas morning -- every single day! I can't wait to tear off the wrapping paper, untangle the glittery ribbons and open your unexpected gifts.

Why I Don't Want You To Call My Son 'Normal'

Posted 05.03.2013 | Parents

Women in 24 cities across the country are participating in the reading series Listen to Your Mother in celebration of Mother's Day (May 12) this year....

What It Also Means to Raise an Autistic Child

Brenda Rothman | Posted 06.09.2013 | Parents
Brenda Rothman

For many years, we didn't travel or attend gatherings. It was too exhausting for Jack. He had to process new environments, decipher voices talking at the same time, recognize faces, absorb emotions and respond to unexpected sounds, lights and movements. It cost him too much energy.

8 Things I Wish Your Kids Knew About Autism | Posted 06.04.2013 | Parents

When you talk to your kids about autism, please take that extra step and mention not just how people with autism are different from people without it -- talk about how they're the same, too. To get you started, here are 10 things I wish everyone's kids knew about autism:

Playground Progress

Kimberly Abbott | Posted 06.03.2013 | Parents
Kimberly Abbott

My heart swelled and broke simultaneously. I wanted to help him and had to resist approaching the ringleader to ask if my boy could play too. Even though he is only five and -- hopefully -- far from the years that my mere existence will utterly embarrass him, I knew he didn't want me to interfere.

Saint Judy

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

Raising a child with special needs has been challenging to say the least. Convincing the medical community that my concerns about my son were valid, and then attaining a proper diagnosis, was a gruesome battle. My mother has been right there in the trenches with me from day one.

Thoughts on World Autism Awareness Day

Chantal Sicile-Kira | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Chantal Sicile-Kira

Never giving up and being open to the possibilities that come our way and Jeremy's way is how we live. We look for ways to connect and to give back. We are grateful to our community and society's increasing acceptance and understanding of those who are differently-abled.

Gay British Teen Dies After Being Set On Fire At Birthday Party

Posted 03.17.2014 | Gay Voices

A young British man has been convicted of manslaughter after killing a gay teen by setting him on fire. The BBC reports that 20-year-old Jordan She...

Why I've Always Struggled To Understand What My Son Needs

John Elder Robison | Posted 05.14.2013 | Parents
John Elder Robison

One of my greatest challenges as a new dad was determining what my kid wanted or needed. He seemed to get distressed and yell for no reason, but I knew there must be one -- I just couldn't discern it.

Pulp Affliction

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 05.12.2013 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

Like an insurance company that reimburses for pre-existing conditions, I will turn a blind eye to my "already-friends" with seemingly flawless children. But I do prefer to spend time among those who, like I, live on the edge.

Mind Over Grey Matter

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 04.30.2013 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

"Name someone who is not smart despite being well-educated." "Do you know anyone who is materialistic but who doesn't live ostentatiously?" My son asks me questions like these all day long. In our family, we call them "database questions." They scare the hell out of me.

Autism Is Not a Parenting Fail

Brenda Rothman | Posted 04.24.2013 | Parents
Brenda Rothman

I was trying so hard. And everywhere I turned, I heard that I was doing it wrong. What if, instead, you had been told this: You've done nothing wrong. You didn't cause this. You were given an instruction manual for a Ford and your child is a Ferrari. So, congratulations!

Primal Fear

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 04.02.2013 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

My husband, much to my dismay, announced last week that he hates the Caribbean. My idea of heaven is twelve days on a lounge bed in the scorching sun, an eight hundred-page Henry James novel and plastic goblet of pinot grigio at hand.

The Biggest Victory I Had With My Anxious Child

Kimberly Abbott | Posted 03.27.2013 | Parents
Kimberly Abbott

Last year at this time, the birthday party would have been a sweat-inducing experience at a minimum, and probably would have included some tears -- from both of us -- and a quick exit.

How High School Helped Me See Asperger Syndrome as One of My Greatest Strengths

Justin Frago | Posted 03.27.2013 | College
Justin Frago

I don't know if I'd be the same person today without that experience. I would probably have felt a lot more isolated, I wouldn't have the social skills that I've developed, and I definitely wouldn't be so certain about what I want to do with my life.

Finding a Way to Reach All Students

Andrew Frishman | Posted 03.27.2013 | Education
Andrew Frishman

I wonder if Adam Lanza was given the chance to learn about himself and discover what he loved. Was he given support and guidance about how to connect with other people around him in deep and meaningful ways?

Try to Imagine

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 03.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Imagine that who you were, the way you spoke, moved and behaved was seen as wrong and in need of fixing. Just try to imagine what that must be like. Try to imagine what it might be like to be autistic.

Autism Community's Beautiful Response To Newtown Misconceptions | Posted 03.12.2013 | Parents

"We wanted to celebrate autism and the people we love through photos and positive messages. We wanted the world to see the faces of autism and to hear the stories we had to tell."