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Friday, September 19, 2014 Link

This post is by Jane Springer, a grandmother to six-year-old twins, one of whom has autism. Jane is a certified life and wellness coach who helps parents and grandparents of children on the autism spectrum. For more from Jane, check out her website here.

In his six short years, my grandson has had too many tests to count, multiple diagnoses and many

Friday, September 19, 2014 Link

Our son has autism, and I'm reading how omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids improve mental focus. I’m wondering whether there’s evidence that they help individuals who have autism. My little man is about to become a big brother. So I’m also wondering about adding these fatty acids to my diet during pregnancy and breast feeding. Could this reduce the risk of autism

Thursday, September 18, 2014 Link

Posted by Amy Daniels, PhD, Autism Speaks assistant director for public health research

In early September, Autism Speaks Senior Vice President of Scientific Affairs Andy Shih and I traveled to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (keer-gih-STAN) at the invitation of the nation’s largest parent-led advocacy organization, “Hand in Hand”(Ruka v Ruke).  

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Link

This is a post by Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty, mother to two sons on the autism spectrum and an Autism Family Partner at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Kim is also the author of a blog about her two children with autism at autismmommytherapist.wordpress.com. Kim spoke at the kickoff last night for the Philadelphia Walk Now for Autism Speaks. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Link

This blog post is by Phyllis Brumfield, a grandparent autism advocate.

I moved to Clayton County, Georgia from California, 13 years ago.  I own and operate Brumfield Insurance Agency, which I use to promote autism awareness in the community.

When my grandson Jordan was 1 year-old, he lived with me while his parents were in the military and I

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Link

This guest post is by Jake McNeil, a 21-year-old adult with autism from the United Kingdom. This post is part of an initiative on our site called “In Our Own Words: Living on the Spectrum,” which highlights the experiences of individuals with autism from their perspectives. 

Before being

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Link

This guest blog post is by dad-vocate Mathew Oakes who has two children - Liam and Molly. Matt blogs with his wife Courtney about parenting on the autism spectrum at 808theadventures.wordpress.com. Follow him one Twitter @mattoakes.

Monday, September 15, 2014 Link

Lorri Unumb, vice president of state government affairs for Autism Speaks, travels the country advocating for families and individuals facing the challenges of autism. This is her ongoing series "On The Road For Autism Reform." 

A dozen years ago, I did not know what autism was.  My son with autism is 13 now and was diagnosed when he was nearly 2, so a dozen years ago I had only a passing familiarity with the word “autism,” not the deep, intense, all-consuming knowledge that permeates my every day now.

These days, many people who are

Monday, September 15, 2014 Link

This guest post is from Matthew Palmer, a filmmaker and advocate for those with special needs. He directed the documentary Friends of Mine, which focuses on a special needs camp in Sacramento, California. You can purchase or rent Friends of Mine on iTunes or at www.friendsofminefilm.