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

Leigh Merryday | Posted 10.16.2014 | 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.

5 Things Social Media Has Taught Me About Autism

Shanell Mouland | Posted 10.15.2014 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

If there is something important happening; if there is something worth seeing or reading or hearing out there, some kind soul or a thousand of them will make sure we see it by sharing it on social media.

Authentically Autistic -- Like Mother, Like Son

Kelly Bron Johnson | Posted 10.03.2014 | Parents
Kelly Bron Johnson

He is free to be himself the way I wasn't until my 30s, and if it weren't for him, I may never have been given the gift of diagnosis. Allowing him to be himself -- free, proud, and authentically autistic -- is the best gift I can give him in return.

He Wants To Show People 'Hey, A Kid With Autism Is Making It In Football'

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 09.24.2014 | Teen

At 6-foot-6 and weighing 270 pounds, Josh Bailey definitely has the build of a football team captain. But in the earlier years of his life, the Michig...

Homeless Camp Helps Missing Boy With Autism Find His Family

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 09.09.2014 | Good News

A lost 6-year-old boy found refuge in a homeless encampment and guardian angels in some of its residents. Sergio Zepeda, who has autism, was found...

In Our House, We Stim

Michelle Sutton | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Michelle Sutton

My oldest autistic child is almost 16. My youngest autistic child is 7. I have four other kids aged between 19 years and 18 months old. I've been pare...

Autism Parents Build Virtual Birdhouse for Others

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 09.28.2014 | Technology
Rabbi Jason Miller

Dani Gillman was a single mom in Metro Detroit with an autistic daughter, Brodie, who ran a popular blog detailing her daughter's challenges and successes as a way to help other parents of autistic children.

Raising A Child With Autism Comes With Extremely High Price Tag

Reuters | Posted 08.24.2014 | Parents

By Chris Taylor NEW YORK, June 24 (Reuters) - When Linda Mercier's son Sam was around two years old, she knew something wasn't right. ...

My Sprinter

Lisbeth Darsh | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisbeth Darsh

I decided long ago not to mind his need for speed. Something about the movement itself feels good to him, so I let him go. I once asked him why he sprints everywhere and he simply said, "I just like to be quick."

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. ...

How Dare the Autistic Child... and His Mother?

Regan Long | Posted 06.09.2014 | Parents
Regan Long

As people sneered and looked down upon her, their eyes asking how dare she let her son ruin everyone else's shopping trip, I looked at her in total admiration. I thank God I was able to notice what everyone else seemed to miss.

Anna Almendrala

More Children With Autism Are Going To College Than Ever Before (And 5 Other Key Findings)

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 03.11.2014 | Parents

Research on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is still in its infancy, but knowledge about the brain disorder, which is associated with developmental del...

Autism and Disclosure: Is Virginia's 'Autism' ID Card Ethical?

William Stillman | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
William Stillman

Kathie Snow, a disability rights advocate, brought to my attention a recent news item about Senate Bill 367 in Virginia. The bill would require a bar code on driver's licenses and identification cards that can be scanned to reveal if a person has autism.

GPS Tracking Devices for Kids with Autism?

William Stillman | Posted 03.29.2014 | Parents
William Stillman

Schumer's proposed legislation is that the federal government would pay $10 million for GPS tracking devices to be used by children with autism, worn on the wrist or in clothing. Each device would cost about $85.

When My Daughter Saw The Music

Jess Wilson | Posted 10.18.2013 | TED Weekends
Jess Wilson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWould we be giddy with delight if she could make us a fortune counting cards? I suppose. But that's not who she is. Nor is it who she has to be.

A Silent Autistic World Unblocked!

Paul Wisenthal | Posted 10.22.2013 | Books
Paul Wisenthal

The fiery scent of coconut oils and pungent spices of St. Catherine's Jamaica seems thousands of years away from Lena McCalla Njee's autistic classrooms of Augusta Street School, part of the Irvington High School system in New Jersey.

What You're Missing

Jess Wilson | Posted 08.21.2013 | Parents
Jess Wilson

I don't typically don't get to be off-duty when my autistic daughter is around other kids, and I sure as hell don't get to sit back and devour the latest beach read when I bring her to the pool.

Pimp and Circumstance

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 09.02.2013 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

One of the things I admire most about my Asperger's son is his complete disregard for winning the approval of others. He is a wonderful melange of scholar and rebel.

Autism and Empathy

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Liane Kupferberg Carter

So why does this myth that autistic people lack empathy persist? The reasons are complicated -- a convergence of media, popular culture, and ignorance.

Why I Want to Be My Autistic Daughter

Denise Henry | Posted 07.17.2013 | Parents
Denise Henry

My daughter, Nina, was diagnosed with PDD-NOS in 2011. While her vocabulary is quite large, her ability to answer questions about her behavior is limited.

Discovering Perfection in Autistic Boy's Smile

Marjoriet T. Matute | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Marjoriet T. Matute

Autism has become incredibly common over the years and has answered many questions pertaining to childhood developmental issues. Studies have proven t...

10 Things We Know About Autism That We Didn't Know a Year Ago

Geraldine Dawson | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Geraldine Dawson

Just two decades ago, autism was a mysterious and somewhat obscure disorder, commonly associated with the movie Rain Man and savantism. It affected an estimated 1 in 5,000 children. How times have changed.

Autism, Meet Adolescence... Kaboom! One Momma's Perspective, Fears and Solutions

Holly Robinson Peete | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
Holly Robinson Peete

Socially, the stakes change when high school begins. For a 15-year-old with autism, it can be like being at the bottom of the Grand Canyon looking up. A massive climb.

Walking in Their Shoes

Lianne Castelino and Andrea Howick | Posted 05.26.2013 | Parents
Lianne Castelino and Andrea Howick

Bruce is no ordinary husband and father. For a man who will tell you that "every aspect of life changed" when his son's diagnosis came 11 years ago, Bruce was extraordinarily candid about what it's like to raise his 13-year-old autistic son.

CDC: One in Every 50 Children Has Autism

Jay Gordon, MD | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Jay Gordon, MD

Today the CDC announced a 72 percent increase in the diagnosis of autism over the past four years. One of every 50 children aged 6 years to 17 years has an autism spectrum diagnosis.