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Thursday, August 21, 2014 Link

This post below is by Jennifer Hitz, Grants Coordinator, and Megan Giordano, Equine Director, of Leg Up Farm. Opened in 2010, Leg Up Farm is a nonprofit therapy center, located in Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, whose mission it is to enrich the lives of families with special needs children through customized therapeutic experiences. Since its opening, Leg Up Farm has provided therapy and education services to over 1,200 children, over 20% of whom have had an autism diagnosis.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Link

Jane Springer is the grandmother of twins, one of whom has autism. In the post below, she explains how her family has overcome roadblocks they have faced on their journey with autism. Jane is a certified life and wellness coach who helps parents and grandparents of children on the autism spectrumFor more from Jane, check out her website here.

With a child with autism, roadblocks can come in different forms – behavioral and  bureaucratic are two that come to my mind.  Here are some

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Link

This post is by Eric Kirschner, an adult with autism who was recently hired as a media intern at Autism Speaks. 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. Have a story you want to share? Email

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Link

Tervis Partners with Two Can Art for Collection to Benefit Autism Speaks

See the entire collection at Tervis.com! 

North Venice, Florida – Patti Gay and her son Noah are a talented mother/son art team, known for their nature-themed prints. But what makes their art particularly special is that 22-year-old

Art, Can, mom, son, Tervis
Monday, August 18, 2014 Link

In the Heart of Autism post below, 22-year-old Julia Triassi explains how her Asperger syndrome diagnosis in 2010 inspired her to give back to the autism community.

My name is Julia Triassi and I am 22 years old. I always knew there was something different or weird about me. I was kicked out of preschool and was diagnosed with ADHD, developmental delays and PDD-NOS when I was about 3 or 4. Then around age 7 or 8,

Monday, August 18, 2014 Link

Post by Autism Speaks summer interns Marissa Solberg (center left) and Martin Florimon (center right) with Autism Speaks science staff Amy Daniels (left) and Michael Rosanoff.

Also see the videoblog Meet Autism Speaks 2014 Science Interns

Monday, August 18, 2014 Link

Georgetown Law School students Hugh McAdorey and Eileen Brogan discuss their experiences as interns with Autism Speaks.Hugh:

Last fall, I discovered that I had Asperger’s Syndrome. Beyond my personal experience, however, I knew little about autism spectrum disorders and knew next to nothing about those more severely affected by

Congress, federal
Monday, August 18, 2014 Link
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Friday, August 15, 2014 Link

“When I physically discipline my 6-year-old son [who has autism], he starts to hit himself. Should I use physical discipline? Do I just let him hit himself?”

 Today’s “Got Questions?” answer is by psychologist Stephanie Weber, of the Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The center is part of

Thursday, August 14, 2014 Link

Earlier this year, Autism Speaks was excited to launch a new grant program, the Swimming and Water Safety Scholarship Fund. This program grants funding to organizations that provide swimming and water safety lessons to award scholarships to financially disadvantaged individuals with autism. The Your Dollars @ Work post below is a series of pictures of some of the scholarship recipients as well as testimonials from parents and service providers. You can