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Autism Awareness

Henry's Fight for Inclusion

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 12.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Henry would like to attend the public school across the street from his home, but the school has denied him entry. The school told Henry they don't serve "students like Henry." Henry is autistic, non-speaking and communicates through a voice-activated iPad.

Autism's 1 in 88 Can't Wait: Romney, Obama Campaigns Address Disabilities

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Liane Kupferberg Carter

It's up to our whole community to remind our politicians that our voices count. We need programs, not just promises. We need to know how our politicians intend to make a difference for the autism community.

Surfing Heals: Autism Group Takes Kids Riding The Waves

Keith Brown | Posted 11.12.2012 | Parents
Keith Brown

Two more runs and it's time to come in. My boy gets a trophy, which sits on his dresser as I write this. "I can't believe I was surfing today,'' my son said. "It was awesome!''

ICare4Autism and an Opportunity to Make a Difference

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 10.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

I am not an impartial, unbiased observer, prepared to provide an even-handed summation of my observations. I am highly-opinionated and exceptionally-biased in my ever-evolving perspective on autism.

iOS 6, A Leap Forward in the Special Needs Community

Joseph Hill | Posted 08.12.2012 | Parents
Joseph Hill

I am proud and happy that a tech company that takes pride in its accessibility options for disabled individuals.

Autism and My Grandson's First Swim

Don McNay | Posted 07.20.2012 | Impact
Don McNay

My grandson and I recently went to a baseball game. He is learning about the sport his grandfather loves. While we were there, he completely reprogrammed my cell phone. He fixed a problem in thirty seconds that Apple's tech people couldn't fix in three hours.

WATCH: Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman Opens Up About Son's Autism

Posted 05.03.2012 | Black Voices

Shortly after his first birthday, Shawn Stockman says his son Micah suddenly began to change. The R&B singer who earned accolades and world-renown as ...

A Letter to You (Who Wrote 'I Wish I Didn't Have Aspergers')

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 06.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Speak out, and while many may not want to listen or may even try to silence you, do not let them. Do not remain silent. Add your voice to the chorus of others who are here with you, who are like you, who also have Aspergers.

Autism and the Hypothetical Child

Todd Drezner | Posted 06.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Todd Drezner

Given how many autistic people there are in the world, it's odd how much of the conversation about autism revolves around children who don't exist.

A Parent's Guide to Responding to a Child's Autism Diagnosis

Todd Drezner | Posted 06.18.2012 | Parents
Todd Drezner

What should you do if you're a parent who's concerned about your child, but would like a realistic guide to accepting your child's autism and helping him to thrive as an autistic person?

Super Soul Sunday: 'Autism: The Musical'

Tricia Regan | Posted 06.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Tricia Regan

Autism: The Musical isn't even really about autism -- at its core. At its core it is principally about love, and how love empowers all of us to become more than we are.

The New Autism Numbers

Todd Drezner | Posted 06.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Todd Drezner

It's worth looking beyond the headlines to understand how the CDC arrived at the new autism prevalence numbers, and what those numbers do -- and don't -- mean.

Online Dating: Lessons Learned and Why "Love It Naughty" Has Nothing on Me

Amy Lennard Goehner | Posted 06.05.2012 | Parents
Amy Lennard Goehner

"My name is Amy. And I'm an online dating fibber." When I filled in my application, I wrote my age from four years earlier. It wasn't as bad as one woman I know who, after fibbing about her age, weight, and hair color wrote that what she's looking for in a man is "honesty."

In My Daughter's Eyes, A Story of Autism

Ann Piccirillo | Posted 06.04.2012 | Parents
Ann Piccirillo

My daughter is autistic and like any emotion, for her love is a learned task. There is a great deal of heartbreak in this; imagine having to teach your own child how to love you.

Sensory Overload, Awareness and Autism

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 06.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

My 10-year-old autistic daughter, Emma, woke up in the middle of the night crying. Her screams of pain, the result of intense pressure in her ears, were like the sounds of an animal under attack.

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

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 06.03.2012 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Most of us have heard the old saying that April showers bring May flowers... but April is also the month designated as Autism Awareness Month.

How We Can Collectively Stop Losing Our Children To Autism

Jenny McCarthy | Posted 06.02.2012 | Impact
Jenny McCarthy

We can either continue to collectively stand on the sidelines and debate what is causing autism and if it is an epidemic or we can get on the field and start addressing the real problem -- a generation of children with autism.

10 Things You Should Do After Your Child Is Diagnosed with Autism

Hannah Brown | Posted 06.02.2012 | Parents
Hannah Brown

In spite of all the advice, it took me years to figure out what I really needed to know. So here, for parents of the recently diagnosed, I offer a short list of what I wish I had known then.

5 Ways You Can Take Action On World Autism Awareness Day

Posted 04.02.2012 | Impact

One in 88 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder, a developmental disability that more children will be diagnosed with this year than with chil...

Life With Autism: Finding Challenging Work

John Elder Robison | Posted 06.02.2012 | Healthy Living
John Elder Robison

How does an autistic person establish himself or herself in a satisfying career? That's the challenge we all face, and the degree to which we succeed varies quite widely.

Autism 'Awareness'

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 05.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

I am profoundly grateful to each and every one of the autists who are speaking out and expressing their opinions on their blogs and through other forms of media. If we want autism awareness, these are the voices that need to be heard. It is up to us to listen.

Diagnosis: The Day Everything, And Nothing Changed

Jenee Woodard | Posted 04.12.2012 | Religion
Jenee Woodard

In 1994, autism was not recognized or diagnosed "early." The attitude was "wait and see" because the diagnosis of "autism" invariably meant life-long severe disability, not the "spectrum" we recognize today.

Autism. What Are the Odds?

Ronald Ng | Posted 04.08.2012 | Impact
Ronald Ng

Working on Autism Speaks, it was amazing to learn how many prominent people have been affected by this condition first-hand.

Amazing Alabama School Develops Unique Program For Autistic Teens

Posted 07.20.2012 | Home

An amazing high school in Alabama is paving the way for other schools to successfully integrate their autistic students into classroom activities -- a...

My Sister, Our Life With Her Autism

Erik Reitmeyer | Posted 02.18.2012 | Home
Erik Reitmeyer

Will I ever truly get to know my sister? The autism had always cast a moderate facade on her personality and I was afraid that would never change.