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Friday, October 24, 2014 Link

This guest post is by Edward J. Nitkewicz a Senior Counsel to Sanders, Sanders, Block, Woycik, Viener & Grossman, where he concentrates in the representation of personal injury plaintiffs. Edward attended our Long Island Town Hall on Adult Services focused on housing and community living Wednesday. You can read the entire recap of this event here

Town Halls
Friday, October 24, 2014 Link

“Our 9-year-old grandson has autism. He excels in music and math and understands an extensive vocabulary. But he struggles with expressive speech. He receives speech therapy. However, his screeching and vocal sounds at home and school are irritating and distracting. It’s not Tourette's. It comes out of the blue when he’s excited or concentrating. He's a great, loving kid, but these sounds are sending us all running for the hills! Can you help?

Thursday, October 23, 2014 Link

This post is written by Stephanie De Leon, our Spanish-speaking Autism Response Team Senior Coordinator.  Her background as a Behavior Therapist has shaped her perspective on autism which has personally compelled her to spread awareness on autism and provide families with resources and information. 

Esto fue escrito por Stephanie De León, nuestra Coordinador Superior del Equipo de Respuestas de Autismo. Su

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Link

By Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Rob Ring and Paul Wang, Autism Speaks senior vice president for medical research


This week we’re very excited to announce that Autism Speaks is funding not just one but two proposals for research into autism-related gastrointestinal (GI) issues. (See our related news story

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Link

By pediatric dentist Elizabeth Shick, director of Pipeline Programs and Global Health Outreach at the University of Colorado's School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Shick co-authored the Autism Speaks ATN/AIR-P Tool Kit for Dental Professionals, available for free download here.

As a

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Link

This blog post is by Alison Dyer, the Assistant Director of Grassroots Development at Autism Speaks.

Let me kick this off by saying that New York's Mepham High School is an incredible place!

This wonderful school on Long Island has a class called "Participation in Government" where Shelley Hendrix, [right]

Monday, October 20, 2014 Link

This is a post by Cheryl Hanson, grandmother to 15-year-old electronic music producer and performer John Hanson, who has Asperger Syndrome.

John Hanson, my grandson, aka Subterr Anean, is a 15-year-old electronic music producer/performer.  He was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome when he was five-years-old.

John still has difficulty tying his shoes. School lessons are very difficult, especially math; even simple

John Hanson
Monday, October 20, 2014 Link

This guest post was written by Erin Polk and first appeared on The Mighty. You can also keep up with Erin on Facebook here. An excerpt of Erin's blog is below...

If you live in our community and catch a sight of us in public, you will see a young man hopping through the store, a cool looking device sitting in the shopping cart and a woman telling “hoppy” to come along. Some people

Five Guys
Monday, October 20, 2014 Link

In an annual tradition, Dennis Weatherstone’s daughter sends encouragement to her champions ... 


(Oct 20, 2014) As read by Lady Weatherstone at the welcoming luncheon of the

Friday, October 17, 2014 Link

This guest post is by Nathan Stump an award winning student film maker. Nathan with the help of student filmmaker Jonatas da Silva are two weeks out from shooting their senior thesis film. For more information about their film “King of the Road,” you can visit their website here, and find their project on Twitter and