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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...

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.

Morning Joe, Ron Fournier and a Great Memoir - Love That Boy

John Robinson | Posted 04.14.2016 | Impact
John Robinson

Ron Fournier discusses the anxiety we all have as parents. We continue to balance our dreams we have for our children with the realities our children face. Our dreams do not always reflect the strengths in our children.

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.

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.

Why More Companies Are Eager To Hire People With Autism

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 03.29.2016 | Business

Getting a good job is hard, even if you have strong social skills like being able to network and make small talk with potential employers during inter...

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...

Cops Kill Man With Asperger's After Being Asked To Check On Him

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 02.06.2016 | Crime

Police shot dead an Arizona man with Asperger’s after being called to his home to check on his wellbeing. Kayden Clarke, 24, gained online fame las...

A Newtowner's Perspective: What We Can Do to Bypass Future Events Like Sandy Hook

Andrea Anderson | Posted 02.01.2016 | Good News
Andrea Anderson

I wrote this a few years back shortly after our Sandy Hook/ Newtown incident on 12/14. I held onto the article, but recently, after spending a couple...

What Happened When I Stopped Trying To Be A Perfect Mom

Kelly Covert | Posted 10.14.2015 | Parents
Kelly Covert

As mothers, I believe we all know and, at least intellectually, understand that there is no such thing as perfect. But what we believe and what our actions reflect can tell a very different story.

Let's Put Our Money Where Our Brains Are

Janine Francolini | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Janine Francolini

We need to stop "othering" and start respecting brain disorders as serious health issues. We also need to get political and take action to start funneling money and resources into research and care.

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.

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.

Autism and Asperger's On Disney's 'Girl Meets World

Melissa Kaye | Posted 09.17.2015 | Entertainment
Melissa Kaye

While Farkle, the guidance counselor and teacher (Cory Matthews, of course!) offer information about Asperger's and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), at no point does anyone send the message that there is something wrong with someone with either diagnosis.

When Your Partner's Self-Centeredness Isn't Explained By Narcissism

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 08.28.2015 | Weddings
Samantha Rodman PhD

Sometimes I see individuals in therapy, or couples in couples' counseling, where one partner continues to insist that something is "just wrong" with the other. Usually, they are referring to a lack of empathy and a self-absorbed nature, but also a person whose behavior just seems "weird" or "off."

Disability ≠ Less Attractive

Jessica Gimeno | Posted 08.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Jessica Gimeno

Beauty comes in different packages. Fashion and the world will be richer when we realize that illness and beauty are not mutually exclusive.

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.

Autism Without Fear: When We Are Overhelmed

Michael John Carley | Posted 06.29.2016 | 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.

Autism, Intervening Prenatally? A Conversation With Neurobiologist Jonathan Delafield-Butt

Suzan Mazur | Posted 06.27.2016 | Science
Suzan Mazur

Jonathan Delafield-Butt is a Lecturer in Early Years at Strathclyde. His BSc (with honors) is in medical chemistry from the University of Leeds, his MSc in neuroscience and PhD in developmental neurobiology are both from the University of Edinburgh.

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...

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

Michael John Carley | Posted 06.02.2016 | 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...

The Kids Will Be Alright: 'Beating' Autism

Daniel Griffin, Ph.D. | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniel Griffin, Ph.D.

If "hope" was a drug, the worst addicts would be parents. Proof came in a recent New York Times Magazine cover story, "The Kids Who Beat Autism," whic...

Autism Without Fear: Goodbye, New York. Hello... Green Bay, Wisconsin?

Michael John Carley | Posted 08.27.2014 | New York
Michael John Carley

My problem is that when not at work, I'm not so diplomatic. How's the act of a loud, blunt, albeit happy, Asperger New York City personality going to play in Green Bay, Wisconsin?