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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.

I Love Being My Own Autistic Self: A Conversation With Landon Bryce

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 02.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Landon Bryce, teacher, writer, artist and animator, has written a terrific book about what it is to be autistic. His characters, each very different from one another, discuss their strengths and challenges while stressing self-respect.

Like-Minded Monoculture: Meeting the Autistic Person Inside Myself

Megan McFeely | Posted 01.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Megan McFeely

I have spent the last few months working with and learning from a man who is on the autism spectrum. His name is David Patten, and he has just written the book called Dummy: A Memoir.

An Interview With Peyton Goddard, a Non-Speaking Autistic, and Her Mother, Dianne Goddard

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 01.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Peyton Goddard and her mother, Dianne Goddard, wrote the book I Am Intelligent with Carol Cujec, Ph.D. It is a memoir: the story of a non-speaking autistic child thought to be severely "mentally retarded" who, as an adult at the age of 22, typed, "i am intlgent."

WATCH: My Mother Misdiagnosed Me With Asperger’s

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.08.2012 | Healthy Living

The number of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnoses has grown to an average of one in 110 children today, a number that has sharply increased since...

WATCH: Father Of Autistic Boy's Shocking School Revelation

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.02.2012 | Health and Fitness

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 88 children in the United States is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. An...

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."

Henry's Fight for Inclusion

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 12.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Henry would like to attend the public school across the street from his home, but the school has denied him entry. The school told Henry they don't serve "students like Henry." Henry is autistic, non-speaking and communicates through a voice-activated iPad.

'RHONJ' Reunion Part 3 Recap: Everyone Finally Snaps

Sydney Levin | Posted 10.15.2012 | TV
Sydney Levin

Hello, and welcome back to "Demonic Possession Is a Real Thing" Part 3. The palpable hatred in No. 1 led to the blood bath in No. 2, so at this point, we're basically kicking an extremely dead (but still sparkly) horse.

'RHONJ Reunion Part 2': Sex, Lies & Dead Dads

Sydney Levin | Posted 10.08.2012 | TV
Sydney Levin

Andy cuts right to the chase and asks Joe who he was really talking to in the vineyard. "Uh, Albie. A friend of mine, I was taking care of things back home," Joe says succinctly.

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!

'Repetition Is a Response to Extreme Fear' -- A Conversation With the Markrams

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 11.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

I first read about The Intense World Theory in March of this past year. I was also just beginning to find blogs written by autistics. My world completely changed. So it was with great excitement that I sat down with Drs. Kamila and Henry Markram after their presentation on Aug. 1.

Nobody Knows Anything: Autism Edition

Todd Drezner | Posted 11.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Todd Drezner

The message that both Times articles send to readers is that autism should be feared, fought against, and eradicated. That message can do nothing to improve the lives of the hundreds of thousands of autistic people who are with us now.

To My Daughter on Her Birthday

Jess Wilson | Posted 10.10.2012 | Parents
Jess Wilson

You changed the mother I thought I would be into the one that I needed to be. And it wasn't just me. You changed your daddy and your sister and everyone who came into our world.

Man With Autism Wanders Desert For Weeks

AP | PAUL FOY and DAN ELLIOTT | Posted 09.12.2012 | Weird News

SALT LAKE CITY — The father of a 28-year-old autistic man who barely survived three weeks in remote southern Utah says his son was an experienc...

Debunking the Theory of Mind

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 08.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Bring up the word autism and you'll hear a great many theories. Simon Baron-Cohen is doing damage with a theory that was based on just 20 autistic participants.

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.

Religious Faith Affected By Common Developmental Disorder, Study Suggests

Posted 05.31.2012 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 05/30/2012 05:07 PM EDT on LiveScience People who have more traits of autism are less...

My Fear Toolkit

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 07.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Fear has a way of sliding in through the back door, oozing between my thoughts, thrusting itself into any and all thinking if I allow it to. So I've learned I have to cut it off at the pass.

Emma's New Shoes

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 07.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Because of her many and varied sensory issues, Emma doesn't like wearing shoes, or socks, for that matter. So, no. We did not have sneakers to send into school. However, I decided to change that.

A Letter to You (Who Wrote 'I Wish I Didn't Have Aspergers')

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 06.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Speak out, and while many may not want to listen or may even try to silence you, do not let them. Do not remain silent. Add your voice to the chorus of others who are here with you, who are like you, who also have Aspergers.

Running With Mermaids

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 06.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

When Emma showed interest in the mermaid, I had high hopes for Mirabelle's return. Only, it turns out, Emma's mermaid did not hold the same sort of feelings as Mirabelle had for me.

Minus One Equals Zero

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 06.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

I am constantly impressed with my 10-year-old autistic daughter Emma's mind and creative use of words. I often think when I listen to her that there's a kind of poetry in the way she phrases things, the way she will use seemingly unrelated words to describe something.

A Stranger on the Subway and Musings on Autism

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 06.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

The fact that Emma was able to communicate to Joe that she'd had a rough day is a massive leap forward for her. Secondly, that she was able to then make it known that what she now wanted to do was see me was nothing short of amazing.