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Monday, November 24, 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

Monday, November 24, 2014 Link


This guest post is by Megan Bevevino, a senior at Thiel College. She wants to become a speech language pathologist to help kids with autism, like her brother, John. Why do you walk? Share your story at and we might feature it on our site!

My name is Megan, I am 21 years old and a current senior at

Monday, November 24, 2014 Link

Toyota of Hackensack, New Jersey, is pleased to announce their participation in Toyota’s Autism Speaks Winter Charity Partnership. Beginning on December 1st and running through December month end, the dealership has pledged a $15 Service Coupon to customers who donate $10 or more towards Autism Speaks. The coupons are valid towards future service at the dealership and donations can be

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