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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Autism SpeaksLink

Did you know that 1 in 17 grandparents are affected by autism? September is National Grandparents Month, a time to acknowledge and appreciate grandparents and all of the love and support they bring to our lives. Grandparents often play very important roles in the lives of children with autism.

With prevalence numbers rising, we need everyone to be an advocate! We know you are out there and as part of our

Tuesday, September 2, 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 here.

1. Parenting a special needs kid does not make you super hero. I seem to have given some of you the wrong impression. I am not supermom, not even close. I

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Link

This month we’re excited to introduce a new weekly blog series featuring the families and healthcare providers of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN).

In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be taking you behind the scenes to meet the parents and professionals who are

Saturday, August 30, 2014 Link

This post is by Liane Kupferberg Carter, the mother of two adult sons, one of whom has autism and epilepsy. Liane is a journalist whose articles and essays have appeared in more than 40 publications. As a community activist, she has worked with both national and local organizations  This post originally appeared in The Chicago Tribune

Maybe it's just this time of year making me pensive. Summer is ending. Kids are leaving for college. Social media are crammed with articles and advice on how to weather the seismic family

Friday, August 29, 2014 Link

ʺAutism is part of who I am.ʺ -Temple Grandin

ʺI had people in my life who didn't give up on me: my mother, my aunt, my science teacher. I had one-on-one speech therapy. I had a nanny who spent all day playing turn-taking games with me.ʺ - Temple Grandin

Friday, August 29, 2014 Link

Today is Dr. Temple Grandin's 67th Birthday! To celebrate her big day earlier this week we put a call out on our Autism Speaks Facebook Page asking why our community loves Temple Grandin. You can read all the comments on Facebook here

Friday, August 29, 2014 Link

Our 12-year-old son has autism, mild intellectual disability and anxiety attacks so severe that we end up in the emergency room. Loud noises are the worst – for example the school fire alarm, thunderstorms, a balloon popping, fireworks. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

This week’s “Got Questions?” answer is by Judy Reaven, a clinical psychologist and

Thursday, August 28, 2014 Link

This Your Dollars @ Work post shines a spotlight on the amazing work of the Autism Speaks Autism Response Team. Click here for a list of 10 Ways the Autism Response Team Can Help!

The Autism Response Team (ART) is a group of eight Autism Speaks staff members dedicated to connecting individuals with autism, their families and all other members of the autism community to information, tools and resources.

In the first six months of 2014, ART responded to 18,500 contacts, including over 10,

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Link

This guest post is from Erin, a mother who recently reached out to us asking for help from our community on finding a rare 'Toy Story' fire truck for her son with autism's birthday. Erin wrote in her blog explaining Carter's strong interest in these movies and how she owned many of the characters from the film. This particular fire truck, a 1990's original little tykes truck was nearly impossible to find. This blog shares the result of the search

Disney, Toy Story
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Link

This post is from Gillian Wilson, an adult on the autism spectrum. 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