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Autism Awareness

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Temple Grandin On How To Thrive With Autism

HuffingtonPost.com | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 08.29.2014 | Science

At the age of three, Temple Grandin could barely get out a full sentence and doctors diagnosed her with autism, advising her parents that she shou...

New Report by AbilityPath Helps Families With Transition to Adulthood for Individuals With Special Needs

Alexis Wineman | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Alexis Wineman

While I am thankful my family and I were able to successfully navigate the transition into adulthood after high school graduation, it wasn't without its challenges.

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.

Desiderata of Families Living With Autism

Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Posted 08.31.2014 | 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.

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.

Autism: Who's the Culprit? Mother Nature or Mother Nurture?

Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, FACOG | Posted 07.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, FACOG

April -- which annually serves as Autism Awareness Month -- brought showers of awareness on the condition and with it tremendous debate. Having comp...

When Autism Advocacy Meets Southern Politics and NASCAR

Lorri Shealy Unumb | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Lorri Shealy Unumb

The work began a little over 10 years ago after my firstborn son Ryan was diagnosed with severe autism.

A First-Person Perspective on Anxiety and Autism

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, I spoke to Dr. Catharine Alvarez so that she could share her perspective on autism and anxiety as an adult on the autism spectrum. We hear primarily about children and teens with autism, and it's so important to hear the voices of adults who experience autism themselves.

Listening to Autism: From Awareness to Communion

Vanessa Contopulos | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Contopulos

I have grown weary of the word "awareness." It connotes a kind of distant observation; a somewhat disengaged knowledge of rather than communion or relationship 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.

Autism, Stigma and Murder

Michelle Sutton | Posted 06.25.2014 | Crime
Michelle Sutton

April. Autism Awareness Month. And another murder. Sixteen-year-old autistic boy Robert Robinson was murdered by his mother, who then killed herself. ...

15 Things I'm Aware Of As The Mother Of A Son With Autism

Allie Smith | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Allie Smith

I know there's some really bad stuff that goes along with having a child with autism. But I'm also aware that there's an abundance of gratitude, support, grace, hope, happiness, acceptance and love in our life thanks, in part, to autism.

Tools for Peace: The Power and Know-How to Address Bullying and School Violence

Areva Martin | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Areva Martin

Students also need help! Both those who are bullied and those subjected to bullying need guidance and assistance in order to address root causes and redirect negative behaviors.

Is College the Right Path for Everyone?

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 06.22.2014 | College
Gregory G. Allen

Many students go to college simply because they believe that is what they must do after leaving high school. I personally think a few years in between might be the best path for some -- while they find who they are as an adult.

Athlete with Autism Adds Amazing Boston Marathon Finish to His ESPY

Caurie Putnam | Posted 06.22.2014 | Sports
Caurie Putnam

On Monday J-Mac, 25, who has autism, completed the 118th Boston Marathon in less than three hours.

A Little Girl Answers Your Questions About Autism

Shanell Mouland | Posted 06.09.2014 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

Dear Concerned, Rather than looking critically at the number of diagnoses surrounding us, use that analytical mind of yours and do some serious autism research for me.

Chili's Cancels Plan To Fundraise For Anti-Vaccination Autism Group

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business

UPDATE: 5:15 P.M. EST -- Chili's has canceled the event after negative feedback from customers. “While we remain committed to supporting the chil...

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.

Insight Into Autism: The Latest Brain Research

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.

Autism is a very difficult diagnosis, because it affects areas of the brain governing social interactions and relationships, the very foundation of family and community life. But those with the diagnosis need not feel hopeless or believe isolation is their only future.

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.

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.

More Autism: Run Faster, Do More

Areva Martin | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Areva Martin

In trying to find the best in health care and education for Marty, I have met hundreds of African-American boys and girls like him -- kids who are misunderstood, marginalized and written off as unproductive and incapable of learning. These disparities are nothing new.

I Will Not 'Light It Up Blue'

Michelle Sutton | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Michelle Sutton

Acceptance is different than awareness. Acceptance means that everyone is worthwhile, no one's neurology is made fun of, and everyone gets the support they need without having to fight legislators to provide it.

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.