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Friday, April 11, 2014 Link

This guest blog post is by Garry Kvistad, founder and owner of Woodstock Chimes. The video above was produced by Woodstock Chimes and tells the story of a boy who inspired a fundraising campaign for autism research.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet with a lot of people throughout my life. I’ve been on a panel with Hillary Clinton. I’ve played music with The Temptations. I

Friday, April 11, 2014 Link

This is a post by Tessie Hooker, the grandmother of a six-year-old boy with autism. 

My 6-year-old grandson has to be watched constantly. He has autism and can only say a few words and most of that is repeating words you say. We keep a chain on the front and back door to keep him safe.

One evening, not long ago, we had a visitor that did not chain the front door. Unaware of this, I was in a back room for

Friday, April 11, 2014 Link

Our daughter (who has autism) had a feeding tube for her first two years of life due to laryngomalacia. Now she fears swallowing. What’s a family to do when feeding challenges are complicated by medical conditions?


Friday, April 11, 2014 Link

A 2012 Family Services Community Grant to the YMCA of Greater Kansas City funded the Y’s efforts to help impact employment outcomes for youth with autism spectrum disorders by holding Career Academies throughout the Greater Kansas City area in 2013. The below post is by Julie Alsup, Program Innovation and Resource Director at the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.

About the Program!


Thursday, April 10, 2014 Mike WuebbenLink

Mike Wuebben is the Chief of Digital Strategy for Autism Speaks and has written about raising a special needs child on this site in the past.

Shortly after my son Willem was born it was clear he would face a lifetime of challenges.  Willem has Moebius Syndrome, a rare neurological condition that causes paralysis of the facial muscles

Thursday, April 10, 2014 Link

This guest post is from Maylene Klien on her very special family from Pearl River, New York. 

For World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, two of my children decided to do something special for their brother, Nicky, who is on the autism spectrum - an idea that was completely their own which made it very touching to me. My son Wally, who is 11

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Link

This is a post by Ilyse Levine-Kanji, a former employment discrimination lawyer who now devotes her time to caring for her two sons, Sam (15) and Troy (13).  For more of Ilyse's advocacy work on behalf of people with autism, check out

One of the most frustrating things about autism is that so little is known about the disorder. 


Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Link

This post is by Autism Speaks staffer Ali Dyer.

For most of my life, April 2nd was just another day, but that all changed five years ago with the birth of Light It Up Blue, which marks World Autism Awareness Day.  My older brother is affected by autism, so my family and I have always been “aware” – I never thought the world would be too.

Thousands of iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the buildings in communities around the world that go blue to help raise awareness

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Link

Guest post by Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Life, Animated, his newly published memoir of his and his wife’s 20-year journey connecting with their son Owen, who has autism.


We needed to call it something.

So a while back, my wife, Cornelia, and I came up with

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Link

This post is from Marques Carr, a high school senior who has autism. 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 for the series? Email us at