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Friday, July 18, 2014 Link

The following blog is by Shelley Hendrix, Autism Speaks' director of grassroots development. This blog originally appeared in the Huffington Post here

On the morning of the 4th of July, I snagged a rare quiet moment on the porch while drinking my coffee. I thought about all the fun we were going to have later on that night when the kids blew up fireworks with their dad.

I thought about how the words "Independence Day" have changed for

Friday, July 18, 2014 Link


“Can food allergies produce inflammation that causes bad days for someone with autism?”

This week’s Food for Thought answer is by nutritionist Kelly Barnhill, director of

Thursday, July 17, 2014 Link

This guest blog post is by Nationally Certified Educational Diagnostician Dana Walker. She has worked in the special education field for 14 years.  She is a mom to two sons, Brady (9) and Grayson (4).

Considering swim lessons for your child? Answering that question may be difficult for any parent, but for a parent with a child with autism the decision can be downright

Thursday, July 17, 2014 Link

This guest blog post is by Kelly Hunter, Director of the Ohio State production, "The Tempest" - an interactive show designed for individuals with autism. Kelly is the author of a book called Shakespeare's Heartbeat. This show is a co-production between the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and Ohio State University. Watch the

Thursday, July 17, 2014 Link

This is a post by Beck Miller, mom to 12-year-old Max who has autism. Max was nonverbal until the age of six and learned how to read and write at age 10. He now has his own traveling art show, Insight into the Autistic Mind, that explains what life is like on the spectrum through art and essays. He has even compiled his work into a book, Hello, My Name is Max and

Thursday, July 17, 2014 Link

This post is by Sunghee Park, special advisor to Autism Society of Korea.

I live in New York and around this time of the year, I usually take a week off to visit my extended family in California. Even if my son, Evan’s repetitive humming and occasional outbursts make others look at us strangely during travel, it does not bother me. I have lived with his autism for the past seven years. The most important thing is

Thursday, July 17, 2014 Link

Researchers funded by Autism Speaks share findings, seek participants for study of infants in families affected by autism

Guest post by Chad Chappell, research project coordinator for the Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS), at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 

I’m so glad for this opportunity to tell you about our research and invite families in the autism

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Link

Lorri Unumb, vice president of state government affairs for Autism Speaks, travels the country advocating for families and individuals facing the challenges of autism. This is her ongoing series "On The Road For Autism Reform." Read more North Carolina stories here. 

The best part of my job is meeting amazing autism families all around the country.  During my time in North Carolina recently, I have heard so many inspirational stories from all corners of the state, and I

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Link

Carrie Cariello, author and mother of five recently wrote a blog about her boy Jack who's on the autism spectrum. You can find the original post via her website here. An excerpt of the blog is below...

So, last Monday morning at 4:30 a.m., the seven of us were off.

Fast-forward two hours later: All of us are seated at a table in

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 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 Kim's book Raising Autism: Surviving the Early Years is on sale on