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William Stillman is an internationally recognized autism spectrum self-advocate, speaker, and award-winning author of numerous special needs parenting books including The Autism Answer Book and Autism and the God Connection. His website is

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6 Signs Your Spirit Guide Is Here

(3) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 9:46 AM

This post is a follow up to the previously published piece "3 Steps to Connect With Your Spirit Guide." In that post, I explained how to establish a relationship with the spiritually protective presence that serves as your earthly guardian and mentor. If you have followed those steps...

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3 Steps to Connect With Your Spirit Guide

(4) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 1:30 PM

We all have at least one spirit guide -- a formerly human soul assigned to be our earthly tutor to impress inspiration within us, to support us in decision making and to collaborate with us in creative endeavors. Do you know your guide(s)? If not, here is one process through...

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5 Things You Should Know Before Consulting a Psychic

(6) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 3:25 PM

Interest in psychics, mediums and all things paranormal is at an all-time high, especially at this time of year. Working as a professional psychic for the last decade, I'd like to offer some helpful tips to those considering a session with a psychic.

1. Don't have a specific agenda. It's...

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A Psychic's Perspective: Let's Be Kind to Ghosts This Halloween

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 2:24 PM

Tis the season for ghouls and goblins and things that go bump in the night. And as may be expected, the subject of ghosts is getting a lot of television and Internet airtime through a variety of programs and news stories. Many of the so-called ghost hunter shows seem to...

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Autism and Acceptance

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2014 | 11:42 AM

"I'M NOT RETARDED I'M SMART NOT A MENTAL GIANT BUT I AM INTELLIGENT" These are the words that were communicated to me by a 16-year old young man whom I was visiting in his rural high school classroom on a crisp and wintry January morning. Like most teens his age,...

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Do You Have 10 Minutes for God? A Practical Way to Pray for People Who Think They're Too Busy

(11) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 9:13 PM

In my work as a spiritual counselor and adviser, I encounter all too often people who do not pray, pray inconsistently, or who don't know how to pray. A common excuse is that they "forget," like forgetting to floss or balance the checkbook. Some haven't thought about God in such...

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The Real Autism 'Epidemic'

(4) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 1:37 PM

We hear so much about autism these days. In fact, hardly a day goes by without some reference to autism in the media, be it a newspaper or magazine article, a television feature, or a radio news story. The focus tends to be on the growing number of very young...

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Autism: A New Cultural Competency

(3) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 1:21 PM

As an adult on the autism spectrum, it is with frustrating frequency that I grapple with the misunderstanding and misinterpretation of my words and deeds; some, it seems, always rush to judgment and presume the worst in me when the exact opposite is true: I usually act out of consideration...

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

(11) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 6:36 PM

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

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My Personal Interpretation of the Lord's Prayer

(3) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 4:22 PM

There's a trail through a wooded area near my house where I like to take long walks. I try to do this twice a day, weather and schedule permitting. As I pass through this green glen, I often see deer and hawks, but I've also seen a red fox and,...

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GPS Tracking Devices for Kids with Autism?

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 5:28 PM

On January 26, 2014, the Associated Press published an article about a newly-proposed piece of legislation called Avonte's Law. The proposed law is being introduced by New York senator Chuck Schumer and is named for Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old boy with autism who wandered away from his Queens...

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Autism: The Last Human Rights Movement

(37) Comments | Posted September 11, 2009 | 7:32 AM

In York, Pennsylvania, a minor controversy recently arose when a local autism parents' group funded several area billboards that pronounced, "If 1 in 150 American children were kidnapped, we'd have a national emergency," which was followed by, "We do. Autism." Though well-intended, equating kidnapping with autism drew the attention of...

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Children with Special Needs, Credibility, and the Lone Billings Murder Witness

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2009 | 12:44 PM

Breaking national news on August 18, 2009, reports that the ten-year-old adopted son of Beulah, Floridians, Byrd and Melanie Billings, was with the couple in their room when they were attacked during a home invasion and brutally slain, execution-style, on July 9. According to documents made publicly accessible by prosecutors,...

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