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Living With Autism

Someone I'm With Has Autism

Carrie Cariello | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Carrie Cariello

It could promote tolerance and acceptance. It could make the world love autism. Most of all, it could save my son from the embarrassment of an announcement.

Autism Doesn't Hold Back Filmmaker

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Gregory G. Allen

Being an autism advocate, I come in contact with people all the time that are at different points on the spectrum. Recently, I received an email from...

Desiderata of Families Living With Autism

Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Gather your child in your arms, or take them by the hand, and walk willfully in this world. If you capture a judgmental glance, cast by a careless citizen, do your part to ensure that judgment yields to compassion and understanding. Do this for yourself, your kith, and your kin.

Surfers Impact Thousands With Autism

Lisa Masters | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Lisa Masters

Last year, I attended a "Surfers for Autism" event at Ponce Inlet, Florida with my son. We did not register in time but went anyway so that my son could have a fun day at the beach with his friends. The event was huge.

Teen With Autism Connects With Classmates In A Special Way

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.13.2014 | Teen

For 13-year-old Andrese Duke, who has autism, making friends with his peers was a challenge. At least until he put on a mask. Duke attends Grand B...

10 Things I Wish Your Child Knew About My Son With Autism

KnowMore TV | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
KnowMore TV

Leo appreciates your patience, because, like so many autistic people, it sometimes takes him a few beats to process spoken words. So give him a moment, once you've said something to him. You don't need to simplify your language or shout; he can hear you.

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...

An Inside Look at Autism: Carter's White Box of Thoughts and Feelings

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelsey Timmerman

Autism awareness month is over. It was a month where we asked "Do you know what autism is?" Now I want to ask a different question: "Do you know one person with autism?" Now, you know Carter.

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."

My Family's Adventures With Autism

Denise Henry | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Denise Henry

My family's adventures with autism are far from over. I know there are going to be many more situations that will be frustrating and confusing. I'm looking forward to these adventures with some anxiety and trepidation, but also with a lot of hope and excitement.

Cancer: Heaven or Hell?

Lisa Masters | Posted 06.20.2014 | Women
Lisa Masters

We are all going to die. Everyone knows that. Having cancer just makes it a little bit more real. I am not a religious person. I know that the majority of the world population do believe in God, heaven and hell and/or some sort of afterlife. That's ok.

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.

Autism Awareness and Advocacy in Our Community

Kevin Beckford | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Kevin Beckford

While autism is a condition affecting people in all sectors of society, socioeconomic disparities influence its diagnosis and treatment among African-Americans. Given this unique impact, it is important for us to galvanize and increase awareness about autism in our community.

The Truth About Autism And Divorce Rates

Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq. | Posted 06.04.2014 | Divorce
Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq.

As a supporter of the autism community, it is important to me that parents who are already dealing with added responsibilities in caring for their child don't carry the unnecessary burden of feeling like their marriages are all but doomed.

One Out of 68 Kids Is on the Autistic Spectrum, and Who Will Educate the Educators?

Laurie Levy | Posted 06.04.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

In a just and truly diverse classroom community, every child belongs. To reach this goal, teachers need to have up-to-date training, or retraining, in child development for both typical and atypical children.

Autism Acceptance: The Crucial String

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 06.02.2014 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

Disability seeps into all the cracks, the corners, of your life. It becomes the emotional center of the family. Sometimes I felt as if other, typical families were feasting in a great restaurant, while the four of us were standing outside, noses pressed to the glass.

Autism Awareness Must Extend Beyond High School

Helaina Hovitz | Posted 06.01.2014 | Impact
Helaina Hovitz

The amount of funding available to young adults with autism drops dramatically once they age out of the system, and parents are often left struggling to find a place where their child can continue to work towards finding a job.

Autism in April, Is Awareness Enough?

Sara Gershfeld | Posted 06.01.2014 | Impact
Sara Gershfeld

It's important to remember that families need support long after April has come and gone. Here are some ideas that I hope everyone affected by autism keeps in mind as these 30 days fly by:

The Conversations We Should Be Having About Special Needs

Dana Points | Posted 05.27.2014 | Parents
Dana Points

More than ever, kids with and without a diagnosis are playing and going to school side by side. They seem to get along pretty well. But what about their grown-ups?

To The Manager At California Pizza Kitchen

Allie Smith | Posted 05.07.2014 | Parents
Allie Smith

I wish I had accepted your grace, rather than running away with my tail between my legs. Kindness is all around, and you reminded me of that.

The Real Autism 'Epidemic'

William Stillman | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
William Stillman

If the word epidemic is apt in describing an unaccountable experience that affects us in a widespread manner, it best applies to those adolescents and adults over the age of 21 who have "aged out."

Autism: A New Cultural Competency

William Stillman | Posted 04.13.2014 | Parents
William Stillman

Understanding autism cultural competency includes making compassionate accommodations when and where possible in consideration of someone's sensory sensitivities. This requires not only awareness but compromise.

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.

To The Woman And Child Who Sat At Table 9

Tony Posnanski | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Tony Posnanski

Sometimes doing the right thing does not make everyone happy -- just the people who need it the most.

A Father's Perspective: Making A Difference For Our Son

Julian Hung | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Living
Julian Hung

Julian Hung’s son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 2 ½. His son has since had three years of applied behavior analysis (AB...