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

Michael John Carley | Posted 04.09.2015 | 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 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.

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."

Why JetBlue Started an Autism Travel Program

Suzanne Robitaille | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Suzanne Robitaille

Around 300 children and their families gathered at JetBlue's Terminal 5 as part of the inaugural Blue Horizons for Autism, a new program from JetBlue and Autism Speaks that aims to help kids with autism become familiar with flying.

Conversations With John Fogerty, Marky Ramone, Tom Odell and The Sadies' Dallas Good, Plus Slowriter's "Omen" Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.29.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"It's not that I had a plan, but it kind of felt like by saying that, I was allowing that person to have their influence rather than me telling them."

Students With Disabilities Have More College Options Than Ever Before

Justin Pope/AP | Posted 09.16.2013 | Impact

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- As he sits in class at Eastern Michigan University, a flood of images streams from Tony Saylor's vibrant, creative mind down...

Groups Raise Awareness About Danger Facing Kids With Autism

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 08.12.2013 | Parents

-- The 3-year-old girl wandered away from her grandmother's home in Wareham, Mass., in mid-April. A frantic search began almost immediately, and with...

Autism, Sensitivity and Hip-Hop Culture

Lou Melgarejo | Posted 09.15.2013 | Entertainment
Lou Melgarejo

I think that performers can stay true to their roots while being sensitive to diversity and disability. You don't need to spew misogynistic lyrics, fuel homophobia in the urban community or use a serious condition that affects 1 in 88 children as an insult or a punch line.

Autism and the Family Emergency

Laura Shumaker | Posted 08.11.2013 | Parents
Laura Shumaker

It occurred to me that all of the years that I had been mothering Matthew's brothers and balancing their care with Matthew's unique needs, they had been observing me from the sidelines and had learned a few tricks of their own.

Hacking Our Way to Social Good

Diane Smith | Posted 07.02.2013 | Impact
Diane Smith

A recent hackathon sponsored by Autism Speaks once again proves that we are harnessing the power of wireless to change lives in powerful and creative ways.

Making a Difference: The World of Giving - April Is Autism Awareness Month

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Did you know that autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder but is also the most underfunded? This April marks Autism Awareness Month, an entire month devoted to raising awareness about this disease.