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Autism Spectrum Disorders

Hope House Austin Is Where the Heart Is

Dorian de Wind | Posted 09.14.2016 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

Until recently, I didn't know much about autism or, for that matter, about other intellectual and developmental disabilities, or IDDs. Most of what ...

Some Autism Symptoms May Be Reversed By Gene Editing

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.19.2016 | Science

Neuroscientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have taken a major step forward in the quest to find a genetic approach to treating autis...

Children of Color and Autism: Too Little, Too Late

Areva Martin | Posted 01.10.2015 | Black Voices
Areva Martin

As the incidence rate of autism continues to grow, institutions and scientists are missing an incredible opportunity to study a unique and distinct demographic of the autism community: children of color. Not only does this complicate any mission of advancing the science of autism overall, but it perpetuates health disparities for African-American children with autism.

The SPECTRUM Alert: 8 Steps Schools Can Take to Prevent Autism-Elopement Tragedy

Leigh Merryday | Posted 12.16.2014 | Education
Leigh Merryday

If a school district's plan to address autistic elopement is merely to wait for it to happen and call police, they are planning for tragedy. After consulting with both local law enforcement and Jerry Turning of Police and Autism: Bridging the Gap, here's a protocol I'm suggesting to my child's school district.

I'm Not Sorry My Kids Have Autism, So Why Are You?

Courtney Alison | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Courtney Alison

I'm not sorry to be lucky enough to be Aaron, Scarlet and Owen's mother. It is my life's greatest gift and an honor. Full of challenges? Yes, but worth every moment.

Autism Deserves Better Responses From Adults

Brenda Rothman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Parents
Brenda Rothman

We need to hold the adults in our children's lives accountable for their reactions and how those reactions escalate our children's anxiety.

Is There a Link Between Autism and Gender Dysphoria?

Kyle Simon | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kyle Simon

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) occur at a higher rate in transgender people than in the general population. Moreover, female-to-male (FTM) transgender people have higher rates of autistic features than do male-to-female (MTF) transgender people or cisgender males and females.

What My Daughter's Diagnosis Has Meant For Her Twin

Denise Henry | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
Denise Henry

I try to capture these moments in a picture or on video because sometimes I'm not sure how often these moments will occur in the coming years. I want them to hold on tight to each other and lean on each other throughout their lives, as siblings should do for each other.

Autism Community's Beautiful Response To Newtown Misconceptions | Posted 03.12.2013 | Parents

"We wanted to celebrate autism and the people we love through photos and positive messages. We wanted the world to see the faces of autism and to hear the stories we had to tell."

Connecting Autistic Behavior to Brain Function

Marlene Behrmann | Posted 11.22.2012 | Science
Marlene Behrmann

Even given our significant advances in understanding how the brain works, there hasn't been evidence to tie autistic behavioral patterns together with corresponding neural functions. Until now.

School Planning for Autistic Spectrum Disorders in 500 Words Or Less

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 11.19.2012 | Education
Mark Bertin, M.D.

The bottom line in educational planning, however, is this: As long as a child continues to show symptoms of an autistic spectrum disorder of any kind, he or she requires continued and targeted special services.

Disturbing New Statistics About Autism And Bullying

Posted 09.06.2012 | Parents

All bullying is troubling -- no matter where, when or to whom it occurs. But a new study published in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine ...

Leveraging the Power of Social Networking, Game Mechanics and Personalization for Autism Support

Grant Verstandig | Posted 08.27.2012 | Impact
Grant Verstandig

For autism caregivers, today's digital health platforms can offer the personalized tools, resources, and support they need to live healthier lives and, in turn, better care for those who depend on them

WATCH: Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman Opens Up About Son's Autism

Posted 05.03.2012 | Black Voices

Shortly after his first birthday, Shawn Stockman says his son Micah suddenly began to change. The R&B singer who earned accolades and world-renown as ...

JWOWW Cares: Jersey Shore Celeb Volunteers To Help Autistic Youth

MTV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Seriously, who knew? Jenni used to nanny special needs kids? Now she's volunteering in Long Island and taking time out of the hot tub to discuss a cau...