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Autism Awareness

A Little Girl Answers Your Questions About Autism

Shanell Mouland | Posted 04.09.2014 | 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 04.04.2014 | 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 04.07.2014 | 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 04.03.2014 | 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 04.02.2014 | 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 04.02.2014 | 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 04.02.2014 | 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 04.02.2014 | 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 04.02.2014 | 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 04.01.2014 | 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:

1 in 68

Mary McLaughlin | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Mary McLaughlin

1 in 68 does not mean that autism is an enemy that needs to be conquered. 1 in 68 means that we need educational systems that truly meet the needs of a population that learns differently.

10-Year-Old Wrestler Says Being Blind 'May Not Be A Total Advantage, But It's An Inspiration'

Posted 03.12.2014 | Good News

Caiden Hooks is an awesome 10-year-old wrestler who happens to be blind. He's also been diagnosed with autism, according to NBC4 Columbus, but inst...

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...

GPS Tracking Devices for Kids with Autism?

William Stillman | Posted 03.29.2014 | Parents
William Stillman

Schumer's proposed legislation is that the federal government would pay $10 million for GPS tracking devices to be used by children with autism, worn on the wrist or in clothing. Each device would cost about $85.

I'm Not Sorry My Kids Have Autism, So Why Are You?

Courtney Alison | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Courtney Alison

I'm not sorry to be lucky enough to be Aaron, Scarlet and Owen's mother. It is my life's greatest gift and an honor. Full of challenges? Yes, but worth every moment.

Autism Gags

Katie Chodosh | Posted 03.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Katie Chodosh

As a sibling of autism, it is safe to assume that Suzanne Wright is talking about me, and in response, I will say that yes, the challenges of autism are real. But so are the joys.

I Am Disabled And I Am Valuable

Bridget Allen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Bridget Allen

I am autistic, and being the autistic I am means I am real-world, social-model- disabled. I do not work because I cannot. There are a dozen hypothetical 'what if...' or 'should be...' scenarios in which I could hold down a job, but that is not my reality.

(Dis)ability Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

Mary McLaughlin | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Mary McLaughlin

I thought about the pity people show toward Bud and his limitations, and I thought about how little Bud pities himself. I wondered who gets to decide what's considered a limitation and what's considered a strength.

Autism: A Whole Body Disorder?

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D.

It does appear that there is growing evidence linking autism, an abnormally functioning immune system, and a variety of medical conditions. The exact associations, so far, elude our understanding.

An 'Ah-Ha' Moment that Led to Diversity

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Gregory G. Allen

People are unique and it is that diversity that excites me. Too many times people fear what they don't know instead of noticing the opportunity to learn from it.

A Silent Autistic World Unblocked!

Paul Wisenthal | Posted 10.22.2013 | Books
Paul Wisenthal

The fiery scent of coconut oils and pungent spices of St. Catherine's Jamaica seems thousands of years away from Lena McCalla Njee's autistic classrooms of Augusta Street School, part of the Irvington High School system in New Jersey.

What Causes Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. | Posted 10.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D.

One of the questions I am most commonly asked as a psychiatrist specializing in child psychiatry is, "What causes autism?" My answer often leaves the questioner feeling a little bit shortchanged, especially with the current surge of new reports linking yet another "risk factor" to autism.

What I Wish I'd Been Made Aware of When My Daughter Was Diagnosed With Autism

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

It is my hope, for those of you who may be at the beginning of your journey with an autistic child, that these things might help you avoid some of the many, many mistakes we made and a great deal of unnecessary pain.

Making a Difference: The World of Giving - April Is Autism Awareness Month

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Did you know that autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder but is also the most underfunded? This April marks Autism Awareness Month, an entire month devoted to raising awareness about this disease.