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Autism Awareness

Celebrating Youth: 9 Year Old Boy With Autism Rocks Out on Drums, While Rick Springfield Leads the Crowd in Singing Happy Birthday to His 7 Year Old Sister

Marika Rosenthal Delan | Posted 07.19.2016 | Parents
Marika Rosenthal Delan

For birthdays it isn't unusual for our kids to ask for live concerts instead of tangible gifts. Last year for our daughter, it was Katy Perry and for our son, Justin Timberlake. Music has been an essential part of our daily lives so it is only natural that we have shared that love with our children.

'Mommy, I Read That There Is No Cure For Autism'

Angela Ashton Smith | Posted 06.21.2016 | Parents
Angela Ashton Smith

If there is one thing I wish people would stop getting so wrong about autism, it is the notion that those who have it are "suffering" or somehow broken. I truly believe that it's time we re-direct our call for awareness to include our young children.

A Mother's Strength

Sharhonda Stockman | Posted 05.25.2016 | Black Voices
Sharhonda Stockman

There is nothing wrong with wanting the best for your child, but it's about wanting the best for them at their pace and at Godspeed. So at this point in my life, I have learned to live in the present and be excited about what is happening right now.

What These People Don't Want You To Assume About Their Siblings With Autism

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 05.02.2016 | Parents

National Autism Awareness Month has come to a close, but its mission to educate the public and inspire empathy remains relevant. With that in mind, we...

New Understanding and Hope for Children on the Autism Spectrum: Part 2

Anat Baniel | Posted 04.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

Three More Things You Can Do to Help Your Child With ASD In the previous article, Part 1, we discussed the importance of shifting from "fixing" to "c...

Why I'm Glad My Daughter Is Autistic

Kelly Shevlin | Posted 04.21.2016 | Parents
Kelly Shevlin

I'm sharing this with her permission and after careful consideration. She knows that kids will find out and they will tease her but she thinks it's more important that people understand her and are more aware of what autism looks like in girls.

When I Say, 'My Child Has Autism,' and You Say, 'I'm Sorry'

Angela Ashton Smith | Posted 04.20.2016 | Parents
Angela Ashton Smith

"I'm sorry" is something you say to someone when they've experienced a loss. Nothing about my child being autistic is a loss to me. The day she was given her diagnosis, we didn't lose a "normal" child. To the contrary, we gained so much!

Teen With Autism Breaks Down What You Need To Know About The Condition

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 04.20.2016 | Good News

One boy gave everyone a snapshot of what it means to have autism. Popular Irish Snapchatter James Kavanagh asked his 13-year-old nephew, Sean, questi...

The Letter I Would Have Written For My Parents When I Was Still Nonverbal

The Mighty | Posted 04.15.2016 | Parents
The Mighty

I know it's breaking your heart to see me as I am now. Most of the kids we know are starting to talk while I'm just making sounds. I'm lashing out because I'm struggling. I can't communicate my needs, and things are just not going the way I wish they would.

Slow-Motion Video Packs A Powerful Message About Autism

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 04.15.2016 | Parents

In a little over one minute, a viral video has offered an important look at the behaviors of people with autism. On April 1, AutismPSA, a campaign ded...

Dad of Child on the Autism Spectrum Writes an Open Letter to the Public Exposing Insensitive and Damaging Behavior From Grown Adults Toward Young Children

Lauren Rabin | Posted 04.15.2016 | Parents
Lauren Rabin

"Seek to understand, before being understood." -A basic principle in Empathic Listening As some of you know, I run an organization called Autism F...

10 Powerful Responses To The Question "What is Art?"

Andrew Isaac Burrill | Posted 04.13.2016 | Arts
Andrew Isaac Burrill

When I started thinking about all of the different ways people seek to define Art in their lives - I sought out to ask some of the wisest American artists I know.

10-Year-Old Boy's Moving Poem Gives A Glimpse At Life With Autism

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 05.03.2016 | Parents

A class assignment turned into something more for one family after their son wrote a touching poem and gave a peek into life with autism. Benjamin Gi...

Perfect Piece to the Puzzle

Jalysa King | Posted 04.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Jalysa King

I wanted to write this piece because autism has been a very big part of my family. I have seen firsthand what this disorder can do to families and all of those affected.

One Mom Explains What It's Like To Be A Parent With Autism

The Huffington Post | Chantelle DMello | Posted 04.08.2016 | Parents

For Dena Gassner, a mother of two, being diagnosed with autism at 38 years old was a game-changer. "It doesn't define me, but it explains me... I've b...

Autism Awareness Month: I Get to Light It Up Blue All Year

Laurie Levy | Posted 04.08.2016 | Impact
Laurie Levy

April is Autism Awareness Month. My inbox is filled with "Light it up blue" (#LIUB) emails. Blue light bulbs, shirts, and ribbons are supposed to remind all of us that autism is still a puzzle to figure out, and research is still needed.

#TalkToMe: My 12 Year-Old Son and I Reflect on His Journey With Autism

Bonnie Zampino | Posted 04.06.2016 | Parents
Bonnie Zampino

"What I would want most people to know is that they shouldn't give up. With you, I didn't know what you would be capable of doing. My job as a mom was to prepare you for life -- whatever that was going to look like. And so I kept raising the bar for you, and you kept meeting every expectation."

Beyond Just Blue-Moving Toward Autism Acceptance

Alexis Wineman | Posted 04.07.2016 | Good News
Alexis Wineman

Every April, social media profile photos turn blue and awareness campaigns are in full swing. There is a sense of excitement in seeing the support gro...

One Mom's Message on World Autism Awareness Day

Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo | Posted 04.01.2016 | Parents
Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo

So here's the deal. I don't know if there's really anything I can say that hasn't been said. The only thing I can tell you from my heart is this: I'm a mom who on a daily basis (sometimes hourly) worries about her son. He's four now and in my mind, I think, "Well, we've got a few years before others start to make fun of him."

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?

Autism's Big Elephant In The Room

Holly Robinson Peete | Posted 04.01.2016 | OWN
Holly Robinson Peete

When some autism parents who are at their wits end dare to doubt, question or voice their concerns and desire for more conversations and research about potential effects of environmental triggers -- including inoculations, GMOs, pesticides and other things -- it can be met with cruel indifference and mean-spirited name calling.

This Mom Is Changing The Conversation About Autism In Communities Of Color

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 04.01.2016 | Parents

Camille Proctor began noticing changes in her son, Ari, around his second birthday. His communication skills regressed and he grew fascinated with the...

Video Shows An Ordinary Day From The Perspective Of A Kid With Autism

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.01.2016 | Parents

For some kids with autism, even the most seemingly simple tasks and events can be overwhelming. But it can be hard for others to fully comprehend what...

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.

For Parents of Autistic Children, Education and Empowerment Key to Erasing Stigmas

Murali Balaji | Posted 03.31.2016 | Parents
Murali Balaji

As we begin Autism Awareness Month, it's important to appreciate how far we've come in understanding autism and helping autistic children lead productive lives. Yet challenges in combatting stigmas remain, particularly in communities of color.