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Autistic Adults

Is Ketchup Really a Vegetable?

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 02.18.2016 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

Soon after my autistic adult son Mickey started his day habilitation program, his counselor emailed me. "What do you think about encouraging Mickey to try a salad maybe twice a week?" Good luck with that, I thought.

New Research Sheds Light On Brain Patterns Of Autism

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.22.2015 | Science

Even with mounting scientific research and hundreds of clinical studies, the autistic brain remains something of a mystery. Some research has sugg...

Conversing With 'Leading Man' Tracy Thresher

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 07.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette are the stars of Wretches and Jabberers, the documentary film by Oscar award-winning and two-time Academy award-n...

Autism, Stigma and Murder

Michelle Sutton | Posted 06.25.2014 | Crime
Michelle Sutton

April. Autism Awareness Month. And another murder. Sixteen-year-old autistic boy Robert Robinson was murdered by his mother, who then killed herself. ...

Non-Speaking Autistic Woman Writes Book

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 07.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Barb knew some would doubt the words she typed were hers, because she needed a facilitator when she first began typing. Undeterred, she spent the next 10 years learning to type independently, one index finger jabbing at a letter at a time.

A Conversation With the Talented Writer, Blogger and All-Around Amazing Julia Bascom

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 03.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

A year ago, I found Julia Bascom's blog, and it changed my life. Within the last year, Julia created the video "The Loud Hands Project." This video, together with Julia's blog, is mandatory viewing for any and all who are even remotely interested in autism or know someone on the spectrum.

The Federal Response to Rising Rates of Autism: Two Autistics Spoke... Did Anyone Listen?

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

How is it that we can say we "care" about autism and those who are autistic, yet not fund programs that will make their lives better? How is it we can use war terminology and ignore that these words make those who are on the spectrum feel badly about their very existence?

Non-Speaking (at Times) Autistic Provides Insight Into Communication Differences, Part II

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 12.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

This is part two of an interview with Paula Durbin-Westby, an (at times) non-speaking autistic adult who made a YouTube video as an example of what happens when she tries to speak during periods when she cannot.

Non-Speaking (at Times) Autistic Provides Insight Into Communication Differences, Part I

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 12.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

"I think the phrase 'non-speaking at times' captures my experience and also that of others who do have speech capabilities but can't always access them. Just because one can speak at times does not mean speech is a reliable form of communication for that person."

Performer, Singer, Mother, Wife, Friend and Autistic: An Interview With Chou Chou

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

I read her comment a dozen times. I felt indescribable joy, and I wept. I was just beginning to find the writings of autistic adults and had started, very tentatively, to reach out to a few of them. Out of nowhere there was Chou Chou reaching out to me!

An Interview With Amy Sequenzia, a Non-Speaking Autistic Writer and Poet

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 11.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Amy Sequenzia, a non-speaking autistic self-advocate, poet and writer, agreed to an interview with me. Amy is someone whose work I have been following since I met her this past spring.

PHOTOS: New Bakery Employs Autistic Adults

The Huffington Post | Christiana Lilly | Posted 09.13.2012 | Miami

Food joints open all the time in Miami, but few owners can say that opening the doors came with decades of dreaming. Andy Travaglia’s culinary ve...

The Depiction of Autism and Why it Matters

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 08.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Being in contact with these kind autists has taught me more than any specialist, article, book or news show. These people with their writing and blogs have opened my mind to the very real possibilities that exist for my daughter. This gives me hope.

When Autistic Kids Become Adults: Where Do They Work?

Jenee Woodard | Posted 05.07.2012 | Parents
Jenee Woodard

It seems that with all of the talk of making autistic people part of "our" society, this last step -- integrating them into mainstream workplaces in ways that will work for everyone involved -- is proving very, very difficult.

SustainAbility: NY Farm Gives Adults With Autism 'A Life's Work'

The Huffington Post | Adam Kaufman and Catherine Pearson | Posted 10.08.2011 | Healthy Living

When Wendy Kaplan gathered her 26-year-old daughter Rachel's circle of support to discuss options for living independently, she thought they would tal...

Mind Reading: How To Live Well On The Autistic Spectrum | Posted 07.02.2011 | Home

By Maia Szalavitz What happens when children with Asperger's grow up? Valerie Gaus, a clinical psychologist in private practice on Long Island, ...