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He Wants To Show People 'Hey, A Kid With Autism Is Making It In Football'

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 09.24.2014 | Teen

At 6-foot-6 and weighing 270 pounds, Josh Bailey definitely has the build of a football team captain. But in the earlier years of his life, the Michig...

In Our House, We Stim

Michelle Sutton | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Michelle Sutton

My oldest autistic child is almost 16. My youngest autistic child is 7. I have four other kids aged between 19 years and 18 months old. I've been pare...

Abuse Against Disabled Children -- Courts Allow It

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 09.14.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

Some people support corporal punishment in schools. These people think physical discipline is the only discipline that works on some children. However, virtually everyone can agree physical discipline should not be used against disabled children.

Autism and Anxiety: Common Companions

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 06.11.2014 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

Living on the spectrum comes with daily challenges for the child, his parent, and his teachers. Here are some tips that can help a child on the spectrum experience less anxiety in their day and feel calmer inside.

A Picture Day Moment

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Teachers are trained in a definition of autism that is incorrect. A definition that includes and assumes intellectual disability, which is connected to an inability to make oneself understood, low IQ, problematic behaviors and social impairment.

The One Thing My Daughter Can Do To Make Me Happy

Jim Walter | Posted 05.03.2014 | Parents
Jim Walter

On your graduation day, if I say to you, "Are you happy, Lily?" and you respond "I happy, daddy," then I'm happy too. And if you can't tell me that, then I will do everything in my power to fix that.

When My Daughter Saw The Music

Jess Wilson | Posted 10.18.2013 | TED Weekends
Jess Wilson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWould we be giddy with delight if she could make us a fortune counting cards? I suppose. But that's not who she is. Nor is it who she has to be.

A Source of Sensitivity

Write for the Future | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Write for the Future

by Nicole Hamilton The three of us were friends and known athletes on campus. We were talking as we stretched for the first day of relay practice,...

On TV Dramas, Men Have Secrets, Women Are Crazy

Tamara Shayne Kagel | Posted 10.28.2013 | TV
Tamara Shayne Kagel

Is it really that hard to write a female character who is brilliant at her job but mentally sound? And if you need to make her interesting is it too much to ask that you simply write a back-story for her?

When Impairments Are Accommodated

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 07.26.2013 | TED Weekends
Ariane Zurcher

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgShouldn't we accommodate all people whether the devices they use are to communicate -- eyeglasses to see, wheelchairs to move, hearing aids to hear, service animals to guide or calm or, as is the case with Neil Harbisson, the device he created to hear color?

Non-Speaking Autistic Woman Writes Book

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 07.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Barb knew some would doubt the words she typed were hers, because she needed a facilitator when she first began typing. Undeterred, she spent the next 10 years learning to type independently, one index finger jabbing at a letter at a time.

Autism and Empathy

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Liane Kupferberg Carter

So why does this myth that autistic people lack empathy persist? The reasons are complicated -- a convergence of media, popular culture, and ignorance.

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.

Discovering Perfection in Autistic Boy's Smile

Marjoriet T. Matute | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Marjoriet T. Matute

Autism has become incredibly common over the years and has answered many questions pertaining to childhood developmental issues. Studies have proven t...

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.

A Conversation With the Talented Writer, Blogger and All-Around Amazing Julia Bascom

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 03.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

A year ago, I found Julia Bascom's blog, and it changed my life. Within the last year, Julia created the video "The Loud Hands Project." This video, together with Julia's blog, is mandatory viewing for any and all who are even remotely interested in autism or know someone on the spectrum.

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.

I Love Being My Own Autistic Self: A Conversation With Landon Bryce

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 02.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Landon Bryce, teacher, writer, artist and animator, has written a terrific book about what it is to be autistic. His characters, each very different from one another, discuss their strengths and challenges while stressing self-respect.

Like-Minded Monoculture: Meeting the Autistic Person Inside Myself

Megan McFeely | Posted 01.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Megan McFeely

I have spent the last few months working with and learning from a man who is on the autism spectrum. His name is David Patten, and he has just written the book called Dummy: A Memoir.

An Interview With Peyton Goddard, a Non-Speaking Autistic, and Her Mother, Dianne Goddard

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 01.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Peyton Goddard and her mother, Dianne Goddard, wrote the book I Am Intelligent with Carol Cujec, Ph.D. It is a memoir: the story of a non-speaking autistic child thought to be severely "mentally retarded" who, as an adult at the age of 22, typed, "i am intlgent."

WATCH: My Mother Misdiagnosed Me With Asperger’s

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.08.2012 | Healthy Living

The number of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnoses has grown to an average of one in 110 children today, a number that has sharply increased since...

WATCH: Father Of Autistic Boy's Shocking School Revelation

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.02.2012 | Health and Fitness

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 88 children in the United States is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. An...

Non-Speaking (at Times) Autistic Provides Insight Into Communication Differences, Part II

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 12.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

This is part two of an interview with Paula Durbin-Westby, an (at times) non-speaking autistic adult who made a YouTube video as an example of what happens when she tries to speak during periods when she cannot.

Non-Speaking (at Times) Autistic Provides Insight Into Communication Differences, Part I

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 12.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

"I think the phrase 'non-speaking at times' captures my experience and also that of others who do have speech capabilities but can't always access them. Just because one can speak at times does not mean speech is a reliable form of communication for that person."

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.