Pablo has plowed through many a social barrier not only for Erin, but for her brothers as well. When approached by this gentle giant sporting his bright blue service dog vest, people naturally let down their guard. Pablo puts people at ease and allows Erin to interact and communicate.
I spent hours reading the thoughts of perfect strangers on my parenting skills, lifestyle, education, physical appearance and morals.
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.
Something curious is happening in Corporate America. Business leaders are discovering a whole new source of talent they never realized existed: people with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities.
I am the mother of four children, three of whom have autism spectrum disorders. I have had to look three little boys in the eye and share their diagnosis with them.
Officially, April is National Autism Awareness Month, which directly follows National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March. Although a...
Do you understand that these children are good and innocent and put forth herculean effort to exist in a world where people like you make the rules?
Cancer is not laughable -- it is devastating, and I am disgusted that this particular legislation is being sold as something that would protect the public.
Do you know how many doctors' appointments and autism therapy sessions she has sat through, watching everyone in the room fawn and flitter around her sister, Kate?
I hope that I am wrinkled and stooped and able to meet my grandchildren. I hope to tell them about their father, my now baby boy and my then-grown son. I hope to tell them about how brave he has always been.
As a parent, I can understand the visceral fear of possibly placing your child in harm's way. But the reality is, you can potentially cause them more harm by not vaccinating. There are many who still see a link between vaccines and autism, but for me and most public health scientists, the jury is out: vaccines are innocent in this matter.
Grandparents can explain their concerns for their grandchildren. If they -- like me -- are old enough to have had measles or remember past epidemics, they can recall a person in their community who died or was impaired by this seemingly innocuous disease.
While frequent attention to autism in the media brings light to the topic, in recent months, there has been a less well-publicized, yet emerging trend: technology companies big and small have been stepping forward to focus their resources on projects to help individuals with autism.
Since my divorce, some people are having a hard time knowing what to say to me, but not you, eHarmony. You're in my newsfeed, Gmail account and sidebar ads, waving your online arms, saying, "Hey Becca! Over here! Check out online dating! Join us!"
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.
Cycling is a great way for anyone to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors. For many people with disabilities, an adaptive bike can offer a sense of freedom that they have never experienced before.