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Living With Autism

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.

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.

One Out of 68 Kids Is on the Autistic Spectrum, and Who Will Educate the Educators?

Laurie Levy | Posted 04.04.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

In a just and truly diverse classroom community, every child belongs. To reach this goal, teachers need to have up-to-date training, or retraining, in child development for both typical and atypical children.

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.

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:

The Conversations We Should Be Having About Special Needs

Dana Points | Posted 03.27.2014 | Parents
Dana Points

More than ever, kids with and without a diagnosis are playing and going to school side by side. They seem to get along pretty well. But what about their grown-ups?

To The Manager At California Pizza Kitchen

Allie Smith | Posted 03.07.2014 | Parents
Allie Smith

I wish I had accepted your grace, rather than running away with my tail between my legs. Kindness is all around, and you reminded me of that.

The Real Autism 'Epidemic'

William Stillman | Posted 02.26.2014 | Healthy Living
William Stillman

If the word epidemic is apt in describing an unaccountable experience that affects us in a widespread manner, it best applies to those adolescents and adults over the age of 21 who have "aged out."

Autism: A New Cultural Competency

William Stillman | Posted 04.13.2014 | Parents
William Stillman

Understanding autism cultural competency includes making compassionate accommodations when and where possible in consideration of someone's sensory sensitivities. This requires not only awareness but compromise.

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.

To The Woman And Child Who Sat At Table 9

Tony Posnanski | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Tony Posnanski

Sometimes doing the right thing does not make everyone happy -- just the people who need it the most.

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.

'Crayons On My Walls Is Success In My House'

Posted 01.27.2014 | Parents

Success means a lot of different things in Erica Sanchez's house. She's the mother of 4-year-old Michaelynn, known to her family as Munchie, who ha...

The Year I Finally Realized I'm Not Alone

Courtney Alison | Posted 03.23.2014 | Parents
Courtney Alison

The Internet can be a funny place. People can be ruthless behind an anonymous screen. They can also be incredibly generous and kind.

Time for Autism Speaks to Zip It?

Michele Somerville | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Michele Somerville

My son Jack, a young man with Asperger's, a "disorder" on the autism spectrum, was about 13 when Dr. Wang, a Chinese medicine practitioner he sees for...

The Moment I Realized I Had To Teach My Son To Swear

Emma Nicholson | Posted 03.11.2014 | Parents
Emma Nicholson

We've been cursing like sailors in our household for about a year now. It's a little strange because I have watched my tongue ever since my kids were babies but it is necessary for Ben to practice in a safe environment.

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.

Autism and Holidays

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 02.17.2014 | Fifty
Liane Kupferberg Carter

Marc and I returned to the shambles of our kitchen. No one knew that Mickey had had a seizure. Our guests were consumed with their own family theatrics, oblivious to our family drama. Here we were, in the bosom of family, on our favorite holiday of the year.

Autism and the Holidays

Emma Nicholson | Posted 02.15.2014 | Parents
Emma Nicholson

My advice to parents of younger children with autism is to just go with it and not try to make a picture perfect holiday. Your family is unique and whatever way you can make it fun and happy for all of you is the right way.

Facing Off With Zak

Anthony Romeo | Posted 02.12.2014 | Good News
Anthony Romeo

The constraints of popular society, with its omni-present need to always say and do the right thing, didn't seem to apply. Zak was living a life that was authentic and honest to himself. When you treated Zak well, you were treated well in return. Love Zak, Zak will love you. That seemed too easy

How a Nutritionist Became Interested in Medical Marijuana

Kelly Dorfman | Posted 02.02.2014 | Politics
Kelly Dorfman

Medical marijuana may not be a miracle, but when it comes to the autism epidemic, we need as many ideas as possible and every safe tool we can get.

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.