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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Link

In the Heart of Autism post below, Logan Slaughter, a young adult with Asperger Syndrome, explains why he developed a no-bullying platform that he wants to share with the world. Logan was featured earlier this week on HarrisonDaily.com, his hometown newspaper!

My name is Logan Slaughter I'm from a small town called Harrison, Arkansas - a serious place full of churches, football games and gossip. I'm very proud of

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Link

Blog post by (left to right) Stefanie Jernigan, Maya Lopez and Hannah Feild of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network center at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute, in Little Rock Ms. Jernigan is the site’s autism research coordinator; Dr. Lopez

Monday, September 29, 2014 Link

This guest blog post is by Rebecca O'Brien, a mom and blogger.

In my house building toys aren't just "toys," they are tools that help my child to grow as a person, both mentally, physically and emotionally. 

My son is 13 years old and was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome when he was 9. All of his life we have always bought him toys, tons of them, but he never really played with them, only arranged, organized and rearranged them over and over. That was until we started buying him building toys.  He now actively plays and even uses

KNEX, mom, Play, Toys
Friday, September 26, 2014 Link

This guest post is by Megan Douglas, a mother and nineteen-year special education teacher. 

My two daughters were both internationally adopted. Sophie, 8 years old, is from Haiti and Grace, 14 years old is from Russia. Grace was diagnosed with autism at age six and we've been piecing the puzzle together since before the diagnosis. Grace has been a runner since I met her in Russia.

If her little feet were on

School Age
Friday, September 26, 2014 Link

My child is 4 and has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. He’ll eat most anything that I puree. But he refuses to eat even small pieces of solid food except for soft cheese puffs, and he can’t drink from a straw. How can I teach him to chew real food?

Thursday, September 25, 2014 Link

In 2010, Autism Speaks did an interview with Jason Katims, writer and executive producer of the NBC hit series “Parenthood.“ The series features a main character with autism named Max Braveman. Read about Max's impact on autism awareness since the show started here. 2014 will mark the series' sixth and last season. Below is a scene from the show in which Max gives a speech

Thursday, September 25, 2014 Link

This Your Dollars @ Work post features six students at the University of Arkansas who have received scholarships to the university's Autism Support Program through the Brian and Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund which provides funding to postsecondary programs to award scholarships to young adults and adults with autism, including 2- and 4-year colleges, vocational and technical schools and transition programs. Learn more

Wednesday, September 24, 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 quirks-and-chaos.blogspot.com.

Recently my son Tate spent several hours with a pediatric

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Link

This guest blog post is by filmmaker Micha Hilliard. His short film "I'll Be Fine" is a documentary about his 19-year-old cousin Tim, who is on the autism spectrum, and his parents, Richard and Rebecca. The film offers a candid look into the lives of a family affected by autism as told by them. Watch it below.