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Autistic Children

How Dare the Autistic Child... and His Mother?

Regan Long | Posted 04.09.2014 | Parents
Regan Long

As people sneered and looked down upon her, their eyes asking how dare she let her son ruin everyone else's shopping trip, I looked at her in total admiration. I thank God I was able to notice what everyone else seemed to miss.

Anna Almendrala

More Children With Autism Are Going To College Than Ever Before (And 5 Other Key Findings)

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 03.11.2014 | Parents

Research on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is still in its infancy, but knowledge about the brain disorder, which is associated with developmental del...

Autism and Disclosure: Is Virginia's 'Autism' ID Card Ethical?

William Stillman | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
William Stillman

Kathie Snow, a disability rights advocate, brought to my attention a recent news item about Senate Bill 367 in Virginia. The bill would require a bar code on driver's licenses and identification cards that can be scanned to reveal if a person has autism.

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.

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 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 You're Missing

Jess Wilson | Posted 08.21.2013 | Parents
Jess Wilson

I don't typically don't get to be off-duty when my autistic daughter is around other kids, and I sure as hell don't get to sit back and devour the latest beach read when I bring her to the pool.

Pimp and Circumstance

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 09.02.2013 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

One of the things I admire most about my Asperger's son is his complete disregard for winning the approval of others. He is a wonderful melange of scholar and rebel.

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.

Why I Want to Be My Autistic Daughter

Denise Henry | Posted 07.17.2013 | Parents
Denise Henry

My daughter, Nina, was diagnosed with PDD-NOS in 2011. While her vocabulary is quite large, her ability to answer questions about her behavior is limited.

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...

10 Things We Know About Autism That We Didn't Know a Year Ago

Geraldine Dawson | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Geraldine Dawson

Just two decades ago, autism was a mysterious and somewhat obscure disorder, commonly associated with the movie Rain Man and savantism. It affected an estimated 1 in 5,000 children. How times have changed.

Autism, Meet Adolescence... Kaboom! One Momma's Perspective, Fears and Solutions

Holly Robinson Peete | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
Holly Robinson Peete

Socially, the stakes change when high school begins. For a 15-year-old with autism, it can be like being at the bottom of the Grand Canyon looking up. A massive climb.

Walking in Their Shoes

Lianne Castelino and Andrea Howick | Posted 05.26.2013 | Parents
Lianne Castelino and Andrea Howick

Bruce is no ordinary husband and father. For a man who will tell you that "every aspect of life changed" when his son's diagnosis came 11 years ago, Bruce was extraordinarily candid about what it's like to raise his 13-year-old autistic son.

CDC: One in Every 50 Children Has Autism

Jay Gordon, MD | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Jay Gordon, MD

Today the CDC announced a 72 percent increase in the diagnosis of autism over the past four years. One of every 50 children aged 6 years to 17 years has an autism spectrum diagnosis.

Older Fathers More Likely To Have Autistic Grandchildren

Reuters | Posted 05.20.2013 | Fifty

* Study shows autism risks may build up over generations * Scientists think gene mutations in sperm may be a factor * Au...

Autism Is Not a Parenting Fail

Brenda Rothman | Posted 04.24.2013 | Parents
Brenda Rothman

I was trying so hard. And everywhere I turned, I heard that I was doing it wrong. What if, instead, you had been told this: You've done nothing wrong. You didn't cause this. You were given an instruction manual for a Ford and your child is a Ferrari. So, congratulations!

WATCH: A Broadway Show For Children With Autism

NARRATIVE.LY | Posted 01.30.2013 | New York

This audience, made up entirely of people on the autism spectrum and their families, was there because of the Theatre Development Fund, a sprawling ch...

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.

Autism Does Not Create Killers

Brenda Rothman | Posted 02.18.2013 | Parents
Brenda Rothman

We don't know the circumstances that brought the Connecticut shooter to kill people. We don't know his home life, his network of support or lack of it, or his childhood experiences. We may never know. And that leaves us with the uncomfortable feeling of vulnerability.

Groundhog Day

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 02.13.2013 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

Sometimes days spent with children on the autistic spectrum begin to feel like "groundhog day" as we parents are forced to adhere, because of our children's need for sameness, to carefully-crafted schedules and routines.

Why Skateboarding Is Therapeutic for Autistic Children

Eva Glettner | Posted 02.06.2013 | Impact
Eva Glettner

Skateboarding is an eye-opening experience for autistic children, and Chrys Worley is the fearless mother sharing it with the world.

Comfort and Joy: Navigating the Holidays With Autism

Lisa Goring | Posted 02.09.2013 | Impact
Lisa Goring

The holidays, above all, are a time for families and friends to come together. It's important not to shield a child with a disability from his or her extended family. Family members need to understand the challenges we face, as well as the blessings we enjoy, as parents of kids with disabilities.

It's Time for a National Autism Strategy

Bob Wright | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics
Bob Wright

Five years ago, many people reading this would have known autism only from what they read in the newspaper or saw on television. Today, they are the parents or relatives of affected children. Autism has changed their lives, and it continues to change the lives of millions of Americans. We must face up to the crisis.

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...