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Autism Awareness

A Special Needs Mom's Letter to Steve Harvey

Sonia Smith-Kang | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Sonia Smith-Kang

Did you hear the one about a mom of a special needs daughter listening to one of her favorite comedians making a tasteless joke about a special needs person?

The Technology That's Giving Students With Autism a Greater Voice

Posted 04.20.2015 | Technology

Last year, Hanna Rosin, a well-known journalist for the Atlantic, wrote an article about her son’s Asperger's diagnosis. He lived with this label fo...

School Allegedly Forced Student With Autism To Run On A Treadmill Until He Collapsed

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 04.17.2015 | Parents

The state of Hawaii is expected to settle a case for $30,000 after a student with autism and his family sued the state for emotional trauma. The famil...

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

Randi Evans | Posted 04.15.2015 | 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.

How One Mom Is Using Military Uniforms To Solve A Problem For Kids With Autism

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.10.2015 | Parents

When Crystal Lyons' toddler son John was diagnosed with autism in July 2014, the South Carolina mom looked into buying him a weighted vest -- a therap...

Just Ask Me

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 04.09.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

Maybe I can tell you what you need to know. Or maybe I can't. Either way, I'm an expert in my own awareness. And I know autism. Oh, how I know autism. Just ask me.

Two Nonverbal Teens With Autism Prove Friendship Has No Boundaries

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 04.07.2015 | Teen

Because Skyler and Kreed are nonverbal teens with autism, making friends hasn’t always been easy for them. Now that they have each other, their frie...

Dylan, Autism and the Butterfly Effect

Suzy Hayman DeYoung | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Suzy Hayman DeYoung

Is it unreasonable to imagine that a child or children in one part of the world may be helped, simply because one person in another part of the world decided to run a few miles?

April Is Autism Acceptance Month

Laura Jo | Posted 04.06.2015 | Parents
Laura Jo

It's time to move on. Move on to acceptance. Accept that not all autism looks or sounds the same. Accept that individuals on the spectrum are not valued less than others.

Autism Acceptance: Don't Stop Believin'

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 04.03.2015 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

Two days before our 19-year-old autistic son Mickey leaves for sleep away camp, he asks to get a haircut. No big deal, right? But 15 years ago this would have been unthinkable.

On World Autism Awareness Day, Thoughts On Parenting A Son With Autism

Alex Ellis | Posted 04.02.2015 | Parents
Alex Ellis

Being autistic, like being left handed, says very little about who we arewe still often have an instinctive wariness about difference -- especially when we are in groups and when we are still developing our own identity. Our own insecurities can limit us.

Stop Looking at My Daughter

Jeramy Hope | Posted 04.02.2015 | Parents
Jeramy Hope

My whole existence is to ensure my family's success. At times, that will mean that my princess makes too much noise in public. More often than not, I will get it wrong and make matters worse -- sorry, I'm new to this. We are trying to give our princess the best possible life -- and I wouldn't change this for the world.

Our Life With Autism (A Photo Essay)

Jennifer Lovy | Posted 04.02.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lovy

There are some universal experiences we as parents share -- whether our children have autism or not -- and then there are things that even the most empathetic person cannot understand without having a child with autism. Sometimes it's an amazing journey. Sometimes it's painfully challenging.

What It's Like To Date With Autism

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 04.02.2015 | Women

Art by Eva Hill Kirsten Fitzpatrick doesn't know when her husband is mad, sad, frustrated or irritated unless he specifically says so. She's ...

26 Gorgeous Photos That Shatter Autism Stereotypes

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents

"Autism means looking at the world through a magnificent set of lenses only he can provide," says mom Megan Kuecher, whose son is on the spectrum. ...

What Does Autism Awareness Even Mean?

Carrie Cariello | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Carrie Cariello

Without you, autism awareness is an exclamation without a point, or a balloon without enough air. It is lacking. Because without you, the breathtakingly unusual person in your life would simply drift -- it is you who keeps him or her or them afloat and buoyant.

One Mom's Plan To Make Getting Dressed Easier For Kids With Autism

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents

In a conversation with HuffPost Live on Monday, mom Lauren Thierry said that something as "seemingly mundane" as getting dressed in the morning can be...

In This Grandmother's Life, Every Day is World Autism Awareness Day

Laurie Levy | Posted 03.31.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

When I used to think about autism, I pictured Dustin Hoffman in the movie Rain Man. It made no sense to me that my grandchildren, who are so affectionate and connected with me, fit that model.

Who Who Cares What 'They' Say

Randi Evans | Posted 03.30.2015 | 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.

To The People Who Think My Son Doesn't Look Like He Has Autism

Lauren Casper | Posted 03.02.2015 | Parents
Lauren Casper

Did my son seem "normal" to you in the 10 minutes you spent with him? Well, that's nice, because he is normal... he's a sweet, normal, beautiful boy with autism.

5 New Year's Resolutions for an Autism Mom

Julie M Green | Posted 03.07.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

I do the best I can, sure. But some days, my best falls short of good enough. My son is a tremendous kid. He deserves an equally tremendous -- at least most of the time -- mom. So in that spirit of self-improvement and self-awareness, I resolve to the following.

Reaching the Unique Minds of Children on the Autism Spectrum

Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents
Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Simply stated, we must discover what makes each child "tick." How can I, Dr. "Stickman," and other doctors, therapists, teachers and parents, awaken the senses and open the unique minds of children, such as the talented Iris Grace and other children with ASD, to allow us to reach them?

4 Tips for Preparing Your Child with Autism for Holiday Celebrations

Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Posted 01.03.2015 | Parents
Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D

For a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), preparing for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is imperative.

How My Son's Differences Are Extraordinary

Christie Taylor | Posted 11.05.2014 | TED Weekends
Christie Taylor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAs geneticists, if they truly wish to serve their clients in the best way possible, it will be to always remember the human component. Tests are essential but so are the countless things that can't be measured.

WATCH: This Sister's Tribute To Her Autistic Brothers Will Make You Rethink What It Means To Be Different

TEDTalks | Posted 11.05.2014 | TED Weekends
TEDTalks

Faith Jegede speaks passionately about the beauty of being different in this short, inspiring ode to her two autistic brothers. Forget being normal, she says: Be extraordinary.