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Aspergers Syndrome

Autism Without Fear: We Raise Money for Autism Research... But Not for Our Kids' Schools and Service Agencies?

Michael John Carley | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael John Carley

Many of us, as parents of spectrum kids, participate in "autism walks" or other events to raise money for autism research. But we don't volunteer anywhere near the same capacity for entities that directly impact our children -- our kids' schools or service agencies. Why?

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

Leigh Merryday | Posted 12.16.2014 | 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.

Your Child With Autism and the Ghosts, Goblins & Witches Among Him

Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Here are some tips for preparing a child in the spectrum for participation in the festivities of Halloween.

Autism Without Fear: A Reluctant Vote for Buddy Cianci

Michael John Carley | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Michael John Carley

I know. This is also a little outside the autism world, but I'm a born meddler, an Asperger brain really needs to weigh in on this election, and it's ...

Learning New Skills Through Applied Behavior Analysis

Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Posted 11.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D

For a child with autism spectrum disorder, developing a new skill can manifest a significant level of stress, uncertainties and disinterest, resulting...

How An 'Unstageable,' But Beloved Book Became A Stage Hit

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 11.11.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — In a rehearsal room near Times Square, Alex Sharp is about to jump. The brand-new Juilliard School graduate with a starring role in...

My Son With Asperger's Reacts to Attack on Ohio Boy

Emma Nicholson | Posted 11.08.2014 | Impact
Emma Nicholson

If you ever thought those who suffer from autism are unemotional, disconnected from others and untouched by the horrendous violence towards those in their community, Ben's words are going to change your mind.

Autism Without Fear: Is Corporate Use of 'Emotional Intelligence' Grounds for Discrimination Under the ADA?

Michael John Carley | Posted 10.26.2014 | Business
Michael John Carley

The business world loves metrics. And in an era where data has never been more valuable, many executives believe there is a direct correlation between employee productivity and a high Emotional Intelligence score.

Country Star Luke Bryan Surprises A 4-Year-Old Fan Who Has Autism

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 08.29.2014 | Parents

Country star Luke Bryan has made a name for himself with his catchy songs and million dollar smile. But for one little boy with autism, his music mean...

Autism In Our Family

Courtney Fitzgerald | Posted 10.12.2014 | Parents
Courtney Fitzgerald

He alone makes me a better mother than I thought I would ever have to be. Every point he makes, I see his side -- and I pray he understands that I'm ALWAYS on his team.

Any Wonder Kids With Aspergers Syndrome Lose Hope!

David Adrian Thomas, Esq., M.C.I.H.T. | Posted 09.18.2014 | Education
David Adrian Thomas, Esq., M.C.I.H.T.

Kids with aspergers syndrome have a hard time getting to grips with compulsory state education systems because they are designed by neurotypicals for ...

Advocating for Independence Days

Shelley Hendrix Reynolds | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Shelley Hendrix Reynolds

You don't have to be a grown-up to advocate. You have to care about something and, most importantly, you have to act on it. So teach your children well. Get them involved in whatever issue is central to your life.

Autism Without Fear: A Tribute to the Author, Nancy Garden (Or Really, to "Sandy and Nancy")

Michael John Carley | Posted 09.07.2014 | Books
Michael John Carley

Nancy Garden, author of the landmark young adult book Annie on My Mind, died on June 23rd at the age of 76. Nancy was family.

Autism Without Fear: Goodbye, New York. Hello... Green Bay, Wisconsin?

Michael John Carley | Posted 08.27.2014 | New York
Michael John Carley

My problem is that when not at work, I'm not so diplomatic. How's the act of a loud, blunt, albeit happy, Asperger New York City personality going to play in Green Bay, Wisconsin?

Reinventing School Snacks?

Nancy Michaels | Posted 08.24.2014 | Education
Nancy Michaels

As the mother of three teenagers, life is always interesting. My two girls are ages 18 and 15 and were both adopted from China as infants. I, unexpectedly, conceived after our first adoption and was blessed with a son.

Autism Without Fear: "Asperger Entrepreneurs"? Don't Entrepreneurs Have to Socialize with Potential Investors?

Michael John Carley | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business
Michael John Carley

Finally, a wave of companies are starting to see the benefits of employing individuals with Asperger's Syndrome (AS), a form of autism that often yields incredible abilities alongside the more well-known social challenges.

Hope for USA Auties and Aspies From UK

David Adrian Thomas, Esq., M.C.I.H.T. | Posted 08.10.2014 | Education
David Adrian Thomas, Esq., M.C.I.H.T.

As a joint blog answered commenter Russell's first question last week I'll just address his second question, which was, what do I mean by solve the au...

Asperger's Is Accused but Still Not Guilty

Areva Martin | Posted 08.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Areva Martin

When we declare Asperger's "guilty," with inaccurate media reports linking autism and violence, we perpetuate the stereotypes that individuals with autism are incapable of being mainstreamed and fully integrated into their communities at best, and at worst, we label autistic individuals as social deviants.

Anna Almendrala

Hollywood Celebs Get Personal About Family Struggles With Mental Health

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.09.2014 | Parents

Some of Hollywood's most elite storytellers are raising awareness about mental health issues and battling the stigma the way they know best -- by crea...

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."

Say the Word: On Delaying an Autism Diagnosis

Leigh Merryday | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Leigh Merryday

Somewhere out there -- right now -- is a parent who just heard something she didn't like. Someone who loves or works with her child suggested her precious, perfect baby may have a form of autism spectrum disorder.

Autism Without Fear: Don't Kid Yourself -- or Rob Your Kid: Sports Matter (Part 3)

Michael John Carley | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Michael John Carley

I recently took C.C.'s younger brother, Duke, to the high school Robotics Tournament at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan, wherein transpired a spectacle similar to pro wrestling -- albeit with brains.

When Your Child Is Exceptional (Twice)

Lori Sokol | Posted 06.22.2014 | Education
Lori Sokol

It's due to parents like Dr. Busi that the awareness and validation for Asperger's Disorder have been raised to a higher level than through any other medium. Additionally, their work is empowering other parents to continue to create what currently doesn't exist.

Autism Without Fear: Don't Kid Yourself -- or Rob Your Kid: Sports Matter (Part 2)

Michael John Carley | Posted 06.08.2014 | Parents
Michael John Carley

I have learned the ways of others (who don't have autism spectrum diagnoses) perhaps, but this does not change where I come from. One learning fluent French doesn't turn you into a French native.

April Is Autism Awareness Month -- Light It Up Blue!

Lisa Masters | Posted 06.01.2014 | Impact
Lisa Masters

Autism Awareness month is here again. Puzzle pieces will be scattered everywhere to remind us of an unknown future for those whose world is somewhat different than most, and on April 2, the world will turn a lighter shade of blue.