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Friday, November 21, 2014 Link

“We have a big extended family full of good cooks. So Thanksgiving is a big deal. Unfortunately it often doesn’t end well for our 13-year-old who has autism. The combination of family hubbub and limitless food tends to be too much. Do you have some tips for avoiding the usual meltdown and, er, “upheaval.”

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Link


This guest post is from Natalie Squibb, whose son Aiden Mondor, 11, has autism. Aiden has found a love for singing that Natalie fosters through music lessons and support. They live in Kamloops British Columbia, Canada. 

Natalie shared this amazing story using the hashtag #100HappyMOMents. Send us your #100HappyMOMents using the hashtag on

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Link

The post below is by Lisa Smith, the mother of seven children, two with special needs. Her son Tate has autism. Lisa blogs about her experiences and can be found on Facebook at Quirks and Chaos or at Lisa recently wrote for The Mighty in a post called To the Classmates Who Sign Up to Sit with my Son At Lunch, and her story was

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Link

This blog post is by Alison Dyer, Assistant Director of Grassroots Development

“The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” - Abraham Lincoln

Mepham High School is a truly special place. The energy there is positive and liberating; a breeding ground for growth as not only an academic, but as a citizen. Shelley Hendrix and I were introduced to this wonderful group through our Long Island (NY) Chapter, as each semester the senior class chooses a charity or foundation to be the

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Link
This guest post was written by Chrissy Kelly, a mom of two boys with autism. You can read more about her and her family on her blog, "Life With Greyson + Parker," and also her Facebook page. 
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Link

ATN clinicians in Missouri are developing and evaluating a program that empowers parents who have a child newly diagnosed with autism

Posted by psychologist Debra Zand, of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Monday, November 17, 2014 Link

Below is a post by the husband and wife team of Cuong Do and Lori Rickles who created Identifor, a brand new website and app designed to help parents and individuals understand their own (or their child's) skills, abilities and interests using games. Cuong and Lori have assembled a team of collaborators who bring world-class capabilities in their respective fields.

The inspiration behind Identifor

We are parents of a precocious 13-year old daughter and

Friday, November 14, 2014 Link

We asked our Autism Speaks Facebook community: What would you tell the world about autism?

These are just five of their answers. Tell us what you would add to this list in the comments or on our Facebook page

Friday, November 14, 2014 Link

Our son is nonverbal but understands perfectly what others are saying. How can we help people understand this so they stop talking “around” him as if he’s not in the room. Even highly educated people like his doctors tend to do this. How can we help educate people?

Thursday, November 13, 2014 Link

This is a post by Autism Response Team Coordinator J-Jaye Hurley. J-Jaye recently visited a recipient of the Brian and Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund which selects eligible colleges, vocational/technical schools and transition programs in the United States to identify qualified students or clients with autism and offer scholarship funds for these individuals to attend.

Last month, my colleague