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Adult Autism

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.

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."

Christina Wilkie

Young Adults With Autism Strive For Better Jobs

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 03.20.2013 | Business

A few weeks ago, Matthew Koenig, 24, was doing data entry for below minimum wage at a supervised employment center for people with disabilities in St....

Connecting Autistic Behavior to Brain Function

Marlene Behrmann | Posted 11.22.2012 | Science
Marlene Behrmann

Even given our significant advances in understanding how the brain works, there hasn't been evidence to tie autistic behavioral patterns together with corresponding neural functions. Until now.

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.

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.

WATCH: Chicago Nonprofit Employs Solely Autistic Adults

AP | Danielle Cadet | Posted 06.15.2012 | Impact

Finding a job when the unemployment rate hits 9.1 percent is challenging enough, but one Chicago-based nonprofit understands how much more difficult t...

Major Obstacles for Adults with Autism

Neil S. Greenspan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Neil S. Greenspan

Current policies and practices usually condemn adults with autism to constricted lives of mostly sub-optimal choices. Continuation of the status quo will represent a moral as well as a policy failure.