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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Link

This guest post is from Autism Speaks' Senior Policy and Advisor Stuart Spielman. 

In a tradition as old as the republic, the president will tonight speak to the congress and the nation on the state of the union.  If previous presidential speeches and leaked excerpts are a guide, this year’s speech will both be backward-looking and forward-looking, a summary of the past and an outline for the future

Saturday, January 17, 2015 Link

This guest post is from Kate, a blogger at Far Beyond Zebra. Kate is a middle-school teacher and mom to three boys–ages 7, 4, and 1. Two of her kids have autism. This post originally appeared on Kate's blog here

I spent my Friday morning at the Virginia General Assembly to lend

Friday, January 16, 2015 Link

This guest post is by music producer, songwriter and Autism Speaks Board Member Billy Mann.

Parents of children with autism can be a powerful network. My wife and I have learned over the years that while we can ask doctors, therapists, teachers, administrators, advocates and “experts” for advice, the real insights come from other parents.  We have learned, like an underground

Friday, January 16, 2015 Link

Our child is 4 and has autism. He’ll eat only if I spoon feed him while he’s seated on my lap watching his iPad. How can we encourage him to sit in his own chair at the table with the rest of the family?

Thursday, January 15, 2015 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.comThis is part of our new blog series highlighting Autism

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Link

This is a post by Portia Dawson, an autism advocate and a writer. Both passions allow her to share her son's journey through autism. Her mission is to spread autism awareness by educating, promoting acceptance & respect and bringing hope to families affected by autism. Portia lives in North Dallas and is a devoted wife and mother of four sons. You can read Portia's blog, "My Son, His Voice, Our Journey" here.

Dear Autism Parent:

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Link

This guest post is by Michael McCreary, a stand up comedian on the autism spectrum. You can learn more about Michael at 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 us at!

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015 Link

This guest post is by Melina Chavarria, M.S. a Mother, Autism Advocate, Leader, and Coach. You can read more of her blogs at

With the gift giving season over, I think about all of the things I was not able to give my boys, and I remind myself that the best gifts are expansive. Although the solar system toy that my son asked for will make him happy for a moment, the investment I make in who he is

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 Link
Poet Alyea Pierce reached out to Autism Speaks with a slam poetry piece she wrote about a friend on the autism spectrum who inspired her. You can find her on Facebook ( and Twitter (@AlyeaSpeaks).