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Thursday, December 18, 2014 Link

The Chocolate Spectrum is a micro-enterprise that was founded by Valerie Herskowitz for her son Blake, a 23 year old man with autism, to be able to have a vocational opportunity after his mother exhausted all other possibilities. The goal of The Chocolate Spectrum is not only to provide a purposeful opportunity for Blake, but also to create employment for others on the spectrum. There are currently 4 other adults in the training program. A portion of all sales are donated to autism charities. Below is a Q&A Valerie did with Autism Speaks. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Link

This blog is from Michelle Mocini, who is a mom of two boys, one on the spectrum. Her son, Michael, 12, is unable to speak but has found his voice through hand-writing letters to his friends, family and school teachers.

Good morning,

I am sending this with the hope that this

Tuesday, December 16, 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's book Raising Autism: Surviving the Early Years is on sale on 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Link

This is a post by Marianne Sullivan, RN, MN, who works on the Autism Speaks Community Outreach team and is mom to a 22-year-old son with autism. Last week, Marianne trained the Stockton, Cal. Police Department on autism awareness and best practices when interacting with people with autism.

As more activities and inclusion opportunities become available in communities for people with autism, there are also new risks

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Link

This ATN center in Missouri is developing a teleconferencing program to help general practitioners care for children with autism

By pediatrician Kristin Sohl, medical director of the Thompson Center for Autism &

Monday, December 15, 2014 Link

This guest post is by Autism Speaks Staffer Kerry Magro, an adult on the autism spectrum. Kerry’s new book “Autism and Falling in Love” which you can read here was just released where he shares the story of being non-verbal as a child and overcoming the odds to become a national speaker and finding a relationship as an adult. You can

Monday, December 15, 2014 Link

This is a post by Doron Somer, father to Itamar, a 17-year-old sweet child with Autism, and co-founder of AngelSense, a safety device for children with special needs.

I'd like to share how I was recently able to identify abusive behavior towards my son and improve his well-being. Our children are vulnerable and naive and we must protect them! The technology to assist in that

Monday, December 15, 2014 Link

Juliet Burk of Oklahoma came to the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC for a cancer followup and learned she was two years cancer-free. Last week, she left her inpatient bed to take a subway and then a hike up Capitol Hill to talk to her senators about the ABLE Act. Here's why:

I have advocated for autism education since my two youngest boys were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders in 2000 and 2001 respectively. Almost immediately, my career came to a full stop. Like many families of kids with autism, our finances tumbled. We moved across the county from

Friday, December 12, 2014 Link

DoSomething's Musical Mixup campaign, a project to reduce in-school bullying, has ended! Thank you to everyone who participated. Autism Speaks is proud to have partnered with DoSomething.org for this worthy cause.

Musical Mixup encouraged young people nationwide to play musical chairs at lunch and sit with new people in order to increase acceptance and reduce bullying as a result. The goals for the campaign were to reach 15,000 signups and 500 photos and testimonials. Students who sent in photos were entered to win a $10,000 scholarship.

Take a look at some of the

Friday, December 12, 2014 Link

In this post, Autism Speaks staff member and autism mom Denise Bianchi provides tips to help you and your family enjoy the holiday season and make it as fun and as stress-free as possible! Denise is a member of the Autism Speaks Autism Response Team, a team of employees specially trained to connect people with autism, their families and caregivers to information, tools, and resources. Call the Autism Response Team at 888-288-4762 (en Espanol at 888-772-9050) or email them at familyservices@autismspeaks.org!