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
This guest post is from Kaitlin Balmert, a loving sister of a brother on the autism spectrum with a story to share.
My brother is my hero. Though he is ten years younger than me, I find myself looking up to him; this does also mean literally as he is quickly approaching six feet tall at the age of 14. He has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of Autism which presents difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal
“Our grandson, who has Asperger syndrome, has difficulty getting food neatly into his mouth. No matter what we say, he seems oblivious when it ends up on his face. And it gets him teased and avoided at school. How can we help him?”
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This guest blog post is from Jennifer Smoloff, a mother of two and amatuer photographer. Her daughter Delilah has autism and last year lost a prized possession - her doll Clawdeen. She recently celebrated her 7th birthday and got a big surprise thanks to the kindness of strangers around the world. Read the original story here and check out her special gift in the video below.
Jasper Hood is the son of Quess Hood, a special education teacher from Ripley, Mississippi, who has led the charge for better autism insurance coverage in his state legislature. In this blog, he urges Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Senator Videt Carmichael to finish the job this year in the state Senate, by moving a bill passed 120-0 by the House.
When our son, Jasper, was diagnosed with autism at the age of two and a half, we felt so helpless. When we found out that our insurance did not pay for anything to do with autism, our hope dropped even further and
This guest post is from Michelle DiPiazza. Michelle's daughter, Jodi has autism and performed at Comedy Central's Night of Too Many Stars. Katy Perry just announced recently that she is teaming up with Tickets for Charity to offer fans tickets to her world tour to benefit Autism Speaks! Exlcusive floor tickets are on sale now here.
This guest post is from Scott Lentine, a 26-year-old with autism from Billerica, Massachusetts. Scott is an office intern at the Arc of Massachusetts and writes poetry at scottlentine.wordpress.com. His blog is part of an
This guest post is from Iris Mashiach-Ambalo about her son Noam.
My son is autistic. It took me a long time to be able to put those four words together, to say them out loud to myself, to the world.
But when I finally was able to, it defined who I was. It defined my purpose in this world, my role, the person that I am, and the person that I want to be.
So when I think of what defined me in
This is a guest blog post from Cathy Linn, who shares her personal story about the heart-wrenching decision she had to make about her daughter's care.
Ten years ago, I drove my daughter to a therapeutic boarding school and she hasn't lived with me since. It was an awful, painful decision, one I resisted for as long as I could. I wrestled with all the fears of what could happen to her. Who would comfort her when she was sad, sick, or scared? The selfish part of me worried about the criticism, the judgements, the opinions. What would people say? The