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Friday, December 12, 2014 Link

Every year, cold weather brings two big challenges for our teen, who has autism: the transition to heavier clothes and understanding the danger of cold weather. When he sees snow, he wants to run outside. Advice?


Thursday, December 11, 2014 Link

This Your Dollars @ Work post highlights the curriculum the Robert Crown Centers for Health Education developed for health educators to teach children and young adults with autism about puberty, a critical issue many parents, caregivers and professionals find very difficult to teach individuals on the spectrum. The curriculum was funded by an Autism Speaks Family Services Community Grant of over $20,000 in 2013.

Wednesday, December 10, 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

Tonight we went to a restaurant. Ten feet from

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 Link

The Autism Speaks ATN at Kennedy-Vanderbilt has created a model for helping parents and children waiting for autism services

Friday, December 5, 2014 Jaclyn RennerLink

This guest post is written by Alexx Vaccarello, Philanthropy Chair of the Beta-Tau chapter of Alpha Xi Delta. Alex is a senior and majors in Hospitality Management at Kent State University. She took the position of Philanthropy Chair because she has a strong background in event planning and wanted to use her know-how to give back to her favorite cause and favorite nonprofit organization, Autism Speaks.

The Xi Man competition is the Beta Tau Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta’s

Friday, December 5, 2014 Link

This post is by Lauren Casper a mother of a child on the autism spectrum. This post originally appeared on Lauren’s blog here.  

“Part of the problem with the word ‘disabilities’ is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or

Friday, December 5, 2014 Link

Earlier this year, the federal government directed the states to cover all medically necessary treatment for autism through their Medicaid programs. Why is this important? What does it mean in your state? Dan Unumb, executive director of the Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center, and Angela Lello, our director of Housing and Community Living, answer questions we have been hearing from you about why this is an important development.

1)    What has changed recently regarding Medicaid coverage for autism that has caused so many questions and concerns from

Friday, December 5, 2014 Link

I work in a department store during the holidays. Last year, I witnessed a dramatic meltdown of a child whose mom explained he had autism. What could I have done to help without making matters worse?


Thursday, December 4, 2014 Link

The Your Dollars @ Work post below highlights the Northeast Pennsylvania Center for Independent Living, a recipient of the first round of the Autism Speaks Brian and Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund grant. This postsecondary program for young adults with autism was awarded $25,000 to provide scholarships for training

Thursday, December 4, 2014 Link

This is a post by Mike Gomez, father of 2 beautiful boys on the autism spectrum.  He wanted to tell his story to assure parents of children with autism that they are not alone on this journey.

My name is Mike. My wife Kelli and I live in Salt Lake City, Utah and we have 2 sons that are on the autism spectrum.  As with any parents of special needs children, we have our ups and downs, but we embrace the struggle