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How Poetry Can Change The Way Children With Autism Learn

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 05.14.2015 | Media

As journalists, we dutifully report on what's going wrong, from scandals and corruption to natural disasters and social problems. But far too often th...

Rumer Willis, Autism, and "The Odd Way Home"

Pamela Glasner | Posted 05.12.2015 | Entertainment
Pamela Glasner

As happens so often in life, writer/director Rajeev Nirmalakhandan fell into creating a movie named The Odd Way Home quite by accident. A colleague who'd been engaged to produce a film on autism was unable, so she suggested it to him.

What Is It Like to Have a Brother With Autism?

Katie Chodosh | Posted 06.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Katie Chodosh

Over the years, the way I talk and think about Jake has changed. Siblings can sometimes feel like the forgotten carer and so I was recently asked by Ambitious About Autism for tips and tricks for siblings growing up with someone with autism. Here are my top picks:

On World Autism Awareness Day, Thoughts On Parenting A Son With Autism

Alex Ellis | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Alex Ellis

Being autistic, like being left handed, says very little about who we arewe still often have an instinctive wariness about difference -- especially when we are in groups and when we are still developing our own identity. Our own insecurities can limit us.

It's Crazy, But I Wish My Autistic Son Could Be a Soldier

Hannah Brown | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Hannah Brown

No one envies a soldier's mother. The worry. The sleepless nights. The fear that your child will suffer harm, both physical and psychological. Especially in Israel, where I live, military service is tough and dangerous. So, how is it that I find myself envying parents whose children are soldiers?

But She Can Talk?

Shanell Mouland | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

She talks pretty much non-stop. Sometimes, it drives me crazy and I feel immediately guilty for thinking that, because some of you have yet to hear the sound of your child's voice -- some of you might never hear that sound.

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...

Peter Capaldi Sent A Heartfelt Message To A Young Grieving Fan

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 11.08.2014 | Entertainment

You could travel through time and space and never find a sweeter story. After receiving a letter from a young, autistic fan, Peter Capaldi, a.k.a. ...

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...

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...

Abuse Against Disabled Children -- Courts Allow It

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 09.14.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

Some people support corporal punishment in schools. These people think physical discipline is the only discipline that works on some children. However, virtually everyone can agree physical discipline should not be used against disabled children.

Autism and Anxiety: Common Companions

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 06.11.2014 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

Living on the spectrum comes with daily challenges for the child, his parent, and his teachers. Here are some tips that can help a child on the spectrum experience less anxiety in their day and feel calmer inside.

A Picture Day Moment

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Teachers are trained in a definition of autism that is incorrect. A definition that includes and assumes intellectual disability, which is connected to an inability to make oneself understood, low IQ, problematic behaviors and social impairment.

The One Thing My Daughter Can Do To Make Me Happy

Jim Walter | Posted 05.03.2014 | Parents
Jim Walter

On your graduation day, if I say to you, "Are you happy, Lily?" and you respond "I happy, daddy," then I'm happy too. And if you can't tell me that, then I will do everything in my power to fix that.

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 Source of Sensitivity

Write for the Future | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Write for the Future

by Nicole Hamilton The three of us were friends and known athletes on campus. We were talking as we stretched for the first day of relay practice,...

On TV Dramas, Men Have Secrets, Women Are Crazy

Tamara Shayne Kagel | Posted 10.28.2013 | TV
Tamara Shayne Kagel

Is it really that hard to write a female character who is brilliant at her job but mentally sound? And if you need to make her interesting is it too much to ask that you simply write a back-story for her?

When Impairments Are Accommodated

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 07.26.2013 | TED Weekends
Ariane Zurcher

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgShouldn't we accommodate all people whether the devices they use are to communicate -- eyeglasses to see, wheelchairs to move, hearing aids to hear, service animals to guide or calm or, as is the case with Neil Harbisson, the device he created to hear color?

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.

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.

What I Wish I'd Been Made Aware of When My Daughter Was Diagnosed With Autism

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

It is my hope, for those of you who may be at the beginning of your journey with an autistic child, that these things might help you avoid some of the many, many mistakes we made and a great deal of unnecessary pain.

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...

Try to Imagine

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 03.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Imagine that who you were, the way you spoke, moved and behaved was seen as wrong and in need of fixing. Just try to imagine what that must be like. Try to imagine what it might be like to be autistic.

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.

Autism Is Not to Be Feared... Fear Is

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 02.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

It is important you understand the ramifications of connecting autism with murder. It's important to understand why the words we use, the constant stream of negativity in relation to autism, is causing untold damage to my child, to your child, to all autistic people.