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

Michael John Carley | Posted 06.27.2014 | 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 06.24.2014 | 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.

What Is the Autism 'Gap'?

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. | Posted 07.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D.

The autism "gap" is by no means uniform. It varies immensely from person to person, school to school, and state to state. The needs of each individual with autism is unique, and even more difficult to address given the zip code lottery of services that families have to contend with.

Scott Lentine: A Millennial With Autism

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

In October 2013, a young man named Scott Lentine reached out to me to share his poetry, which examines his life with autism. At the beginning of 2014, I put Scott's story on my to-do list. With April as the official National Autism Awareness Month, I made a date to reconnect with him.

Dear Friend Whom My Autistic Child Just Rebuffed

Leigh Merryday | Posted 06.07.2014 | Parents
Leigh Merryday

You put yourself out there and sent a message to our family, to him, and everyone in the immediate area -- that he is worth knowing. Not everyone knows that. But you do.

Dear Mr. Lanza

Janine Francolini | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Much is being done to prevent other families and communities from experiencing the kind of horrific suffering that your family endured during Adam's life.

Joy Resmovits

These Students Want College Degrees, But They're Getting Left Behind

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.27.2014 | College

When he was a kid, Will Farrior was "just like your average child and student making A's and B's while participating in extracurricular activities," t...

Time for Autism Speaks to Zip It?

Michele Somerville | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Michele Somerville

My son Jack, a young man with Asperger's, a "disorder" on the autism spectrum, was about 13 when Dr. Wang, a Chinese medicine practitioner he sees for...

My Poverty, Like My Asperger's, Is Not a Myth

Whitney Bradley | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics
Whitney Bradley

I'm lost, suffocating in poverty, and I have a disability that is the primary cause of that. My credit is so bad I can't even get a cell phone contract. I work incredibly hard and I am incredibly skilled. But what I can't do is shake hands and make eye contact all day. And because of that I've been homeless more than a few times.

Saying Goodbye To Asperger's

Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living

By: Wynne Parry, LiveScience Contributor Published: 06/11/2013 11:34 AM EDT on LiveScience Editor's Note: With the release of the latest edition...

Two Fatal Technical Flaws in the DSM-5 Definition of Autism

Allen Frances | Posted 07.25.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

DSM-5 turns the current confusion into a complete Babel. The impossibly vague and confusing DSM-5 definition of Autism Spectrum Disorder is essentially useless for clinical or research purposes and is not a trustworthy guide for determining school services.

Playground Progress

Kimberly Abbott | Posted 06.03.2013 | Parents
Kimberly Abbott

My heart swelled and broke simultaneously. I wanted to help him and had to resist approaching the ringleader to ask if my boy could play too. Even though he is only five and -- hopefully -- far from the years that my mere existence will utterly embarrass him, I knew he didn't want me to interfere.

Saint Judy

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

Raising a child with special needs has been challenging to say the least. Convincing the medical community that my concerns about my son were valid, and then attaining a proper diagnosis, was a gruesome battle. My mother has been right there in the trenches with me from day one.

Gay British Teen Dies After Being Set On Fire At Birthday Party

Posted 03.17.2014 | Gay Voices

A young British man has been convicted of manslaughter after killing a gay teen by setting him on fire. The BBC reports that 20-year-old Jordan She...

Why I've Always Struggled To Understand What My Son Needs

John Elder Robison | Posted 05.14.2013 | Parents
John Elder Robison

One of my greatest challenges as a new dad was determining what my kid wanted or needed. He seemed to get distressed and yell for no reason, but I knew there must be one -- I just couldn't discern it.

Why Wouldn't You Want to Hire a Man Like Mr. Band?

Cari Shane | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Cari Shane

I had the great pleasure last month of meeting a young man with Asperger's. I have saved this piece until now because it's National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and next month is Autism Awareness Month.

The Biggest Victory I Had With My Anxious Child

Kimberly Abbott | Posted 03.27.2013 | Parents
Kimberly Abbott

Last year at this time, the birthday party would have been a sweat-inducing experience at a minimum, and probably would have included some tears -- from both of us -- and a quick exit.

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.

Video Of Teen Sharing His Autism Experience Is Criticized

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 12.23.2012 | Los Angeles

Ever since Adam Lanza, the gunman in last week's tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, was identified as having Asperger's syndrome, the commu...

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.

David Wood

Youth Mental Health Services Often Neglected For Many Teens

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 12.18.2012 | Healthy Living

Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter, is not known to have been professionally treated for mental illness. In that he was not alone. A...

Why Asperger’s Does Not Explain The Connecticut Shooting

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 12.17.2012 | Parents

By Emily Willingham Some news coverage in the last 48 hours has mentioned autism in the context of the tragedy in Connecticut, particularly referen...

'I Am Adam Lanza's Mother'

Posted 05.13.2014 | Parents

Written by Liza Long, republished from The Blue Review Friday’s horrific national tragedy -- the murder of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Ho...

WATCH: Arianna Talks Fiscal Cliff, Autism On 'Morning Joe'

Huff TV | Posted 02.03.2013 | Media
Huff TV

Arianna appeared on "Morning Joe" Tuesday to discuss a range of topics with the panel. The group talked about the fruitless negotiations between t...

Tales From The Autism Spectrum: My Friend AmberDawn...

David Trumble | Posted 01.23.2013 | Arts
David Trumble

The power of art and creativity to illuminate the world for others is not simply a cultural benefit, but also a deeply important tool to help the authors themselves navigate their way through their own emotions, experiences and journeys.