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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.

Horses, Autism, and Healing

Tim Hayes | Posted 09.16.2015 | Books
Tim Hayes

Horses don't see a child with autism. They see a child. Autistic children know this, and it feels good to them. In order for anyone, autistic or otherwise, to grow, heal, and have positive relationships with others, they must first have a positive relationship with themselves.

Ed Asner, Shannon Penrod, Shannon Des Roches Rosa Respond to Autism Speaks Criticism

Sara Gershfeld | Posted 09.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Sara Gershfeld

As an active member in the autism community, with no formal affiliation or financial relationship with Autism Speaks, I think it is important for us to engage in these discussions openly and often, with respect and tolerance for both perspectives.

Catching Up With Carla Bianco, Plus King Raam, Meital Dohan, Sneaky Bones and Drishti Beats Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.02.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I recorded the vocals on the day of the Virginia shooting. I felt so honored and deeply moved to be singing those words Lennon wrote...still carrying on the intention he had for a better world. We can't give up on that."

Autism Without Fear: When We Are Overhelmed

Michael John Carley | Posted 06.30.2015 | 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.

Carolyn Gregoire

Autism Risk Tied To Parental Age -- But It's Complicated | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 06.16.2015 | Science

A large new international study suggests the link between parental age and autism risk is more complicated than we knew. While previous research ha...

Rumer Willis, Autism, and "The Odd Way Home"

Pamela Glasner | Posted 05.12.2015 | Entertainment
Pamela Glasner

As happens so often in life, writer/director Rajeev Nirmalakhandan fell into creating a movie named The Odd Way Home quite by accident. A colleague who'd been engaged to produce a film on autism was unable, so she suggested it to him.

Autism Without Fear: On the Twizzler Challenge and Other Populist Trends

Michael John Carley | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael John Carley

It started on Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars," Meredith Vieira ramped it up with Willie Geist, Regis Philbin did it with Hoda Kotb, Matt La...

Autism Acceptance: Don't Stop Believin'

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 06.03.2015 | 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.

Theaters Turn Lights Up, Volume Down At Special Screenings To Make Kids With Autism More Comfortable

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 02.18.2015 | Good News

A theater company is introducing a new program in an effort to make moviegoing more enjoyable for individuals with autism. Canadian company Cineple...

Autism Group Urges Parents To Vaccinate Children: 'Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact

Updated on February 9, 2015; 3:18 p.m. EST. A leading autism advocacy group is advising parents to vaccinate their children, as a movement by caret...

Ice Bucket Challenge Gone Wrong: A New Challenge Proposed

Andrew Cristi | Posted 11.09.2014 | Impact
Andrew Cristi

Something that was created for a good cause took an ugly turn as some of the more foul-intentioned lemmings who participated decided to pull a nasty prank on a teen with Autism from Bay Village, Ohio.

An Individual With Autism's Only Friend: Siri

Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Posted 08.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D

As part of a partnership between Pacific Child and Family Associates, JetBlue, Autism Speaks and TSA, I attended the Blue Horizons for Autism -- an au...

Surfers Impact Thousands With Autism

Lisa Masters | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Lisa Masters

Last year, I attended a "Surfers for Autism" event at Ponce Inlet, Florida with my son. We did not register in time but went anyway so that my son could have a fun day at the beach with his friends. The event was huge.

'Sesame Street' Partners With Autism Speaks: Why Are Autistic People Upset?

Michelle Sutton | Posted 08.09.2014 | Impact
Michelle Sutton

Sesame Street is really good at promoting diversity. The reason my friends are upset is not that Sesame Street wants to focus on autism -- it is that Autism Speaks is involved. And I think they have a point.

I Will Not 'Light It Up Blue'

Michelle Sutton | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Michelle Sutton

Acceptance is different than awareness. Acceptance means that everyone is worthwhile, no one's neurology is made fun of, and everyone gets the support they need without having to fight legislators to provide it.

Autism Speaks Founders: 'Medical Associations Don't Really Have A Handle On It... Families Are Left To Struggle'

HuffPost Live | Alison Zaslav | Posted 04.01.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Autism Awareness Month is here and Bob and Suzanne Wright, the founders of the leading advocacy organization Autism Speaks, joined HuffPost to discuss...

Autism Without Fear

Michael John Carley | Posted 05.06.2014 | Parents
Michael John Carley

When a stranger gives you a dirty look because your child is upset in the supermarket, you might dissolve in shame, or you might confront the dirty-look perpetrator. But neither response is right. If your child is upset, he needs and deserves your attention more than that stranger.

Avonte Oquendo Was Our Son and Now He Must Be Our Hope

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 03.29.2014 | Parents
Laura Rossi Totten

Now more than ever, special needs parents everywhere want to take action because Avonte was our son, our child, our brother and now is our hope.

Why The Number Of Kids With Autism Is About To Decline

Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

By: By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer Published: 01/22/2014 06:09 PM EST on LiveScience The number of U.S. children estimated to have autism cou...

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...

Autism Gags

Katie Chodosh | Posted 03.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Katie Chodosh

As a sibling of autism, it is safe to assume that Suzanne Wright is talking about me, and in response, I will say that yes, the challenges of autism are real. But so are the joys.

Autism Fantasy, Autism Reality

Todd Drezner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Todd Drezner

Yes, autistic people face challenges, some of them severe, but to present their lives as nothing more than unrelenting tragedy and despair is simply dishonest.

This Deaf Athlete Says: 'Losing My Hearing Has Given Me A Positive Outlook on Life'

Charity Miles | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Charity Miles

"But when I do triathlons, it is not about hearing; it is about going. Losing my hearing has given me a positive outlook on life because I learned you can take something so negative and allow positive things to come from it."