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Thursday, December 25, 2014 Link

This guest post is by Autism Speaks Staffer Kerry Magro. Kerry, an adult with autism is a national speaker and autism advocate. You can follow Kerry on Facebook and TwitterThis 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

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 Link

This guest blog post is by Lindsay Williams. Lindsay and her husband David are the proud parents of two boys, Gavin and Finley. Lindsay also writes a blog called the Mombie Files. 

When our youngest son, Finley, was diagnosed with autism in March, I knew my relationship

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 Link

This guest blog is from Joe Banas, uncle, performing partner, publicist and number one fan of Eric Look, a 26-year-old musician with autism.

Last year, Eric wrote and performed Christmas song that began to receive airplay on the radio in a handful of states. This year, Eric’s new Christmas song, “Merry, Merry Christmas, Everyone” will receive airplay in ten states

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 Link

This guest post is by Tricia Rogers, a mom blogger at The Book of Timothy. You can read the original post here

I’m grateful every day. Yes, me. Your eyes don’t deceive you. I’m grateful for every day of my sometimes miserable, sometimes wonderful, always beautiful existence on

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 Link

This blog post is by Stuart Spielman, Autism Speaks Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel and father to a son with autism. 

It’s been more than seven years since my son, Izak (Zak for short), had his bar mitzvah.  He’s since grown into a tall, slender young man with bright eyes, a sweet disposition, and no shortage of energy.  He’s the kid (to me,

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 Link

Our ATN center in Nashville collaborates with another partner in its quest to make the city a global example of an autism-inclusive community

By pediatric behavior analyst Lauren Weaver, coordinator of

Monday, December 22, 2014 Link

This guest post is from Lauren Casper, a mom blogger at Laurencasper.com with a young son on the autism spectrum. You can read her original post here.

I have a friend who says, “expectations kill relationships.

Monday, December 22, 2014 Link

Our 12-year-old [who has autism and is minimally verbal] has a tendency to eat so fast he gags or otherwise makes himself sick. It’s a particular problem when we add in the excitement of a big holiday meal with family and friends.  

Pacing at mealtime is a challenge for many children and adults on the autism spectrum. Over the past year, “Food for

Sunday, December 21, 2014 Link

This guest post is by Shannon Knall, CT Autism Speaks Policy Chair on the recent passing of The ABLE Act.

Almost seven years ago, I found myself in a very precarious situation…as I often do.  I am absolutely the definition of accidental advocate.

It was Autism Speaks’ Hill Day in Washington DC in 2008, and my first time

ABLE, Congress
Friday, December 19, 2014 Link

This guest blog post is by Lena Rivkin. Lena is an artist and graphologist living in Los Angeles. She also has a brother on the autism spectrum. 

It’s the Holiday Season, in case you’ve been lucky enough to be hiding under a rock and haven’t yet been to Costco, where they started