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Monday, December 15, 2014 Link

This guest post is by Autism Speaks Staffer Kerry Magro, an adult on the autism spectrum. Kerry’s new book “Autism and Falling in Love” which you can read here was just released where he shares the story of being non-verbal as a child and overcoming the odds to become a national speaker and finding a relationship as an adult. You can

Monday, December 15, 2014 Link

This is a post by Doron Somer, father to Itamar, a 17-year-old sweet child with Autism, and co-founder of AngelSense, a safety device for children with special needs.

I'd like to share how I was recently able to identify abusive behavior towards my son and improve his well-being. Our children are vulnerable and naive and we must protect them! The technology to assist in that

Monday, December 15, 2014 Link

Juliet Burk of Oklahoma came to the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC for a cancer followup and learned she was two years cancer-free. Last week, she left her inpatient bed to take a subway and then a hike up Capitol Hill to talk to her senators about the ABLE Act. Here's why:

I have advocated for autism education since my two youngest boys were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders in 2000 and 2001 respectively. Almost immediately, my career came to a full stop. Like many families of kids with autism, our finances tumbled. We moved across the county from

Friday, December 12, 2014 Link

DoSomething's Musical Mixup campaign, a project to reduce in-school bullying, has ended! Thank you to everyone who participated. Autism Speaks is proud to have partnered with DoSomething.org for this worthy cause.

Musical Mixup encouraged young people nationwide to play musical chairs at lunch and sit with new people in order to increase acceptance and reduce bullying as a result. The goals for the campaign were to reach 15,000 signups and 500 photos and testimonials. Students who sent in photos were entered to win a $10,000 scholarship.

Take a look at some of the

Friday, December 12, 2014 Link

In this post, Autism Speaks staff member and autism mom Denise Bianchi provides tips to help you and your family enjoy the holiday season and make it as fun and as stress-free as possible! Denise is a member of the Autism Speaks Autism Response Team, a team of employees specially trained to connect people with autism, their families and caregivers to information, tools, and resources. Call the Autism Response Team at 888-288-4762 (en Espanol at 888-772-9050) or email them at familyservices@autismspeaks.org!

Friday, December 12, 2014 Link

Every year, cold weather brings two big challenges for our teen, who has autism: the transition to heavier clothes and understanding the danger of cold weather. When he sees snow, he wants to run outside. Advice?

 

Thursday, December 11, 2014 Link

This Your Dollars @ Work post highlights the curriculum the Robert Crown Centers for Health Education developed for health educators to teach children and young adults with autism about puberty, a critical issue many parents, caregivers and professionals find very difficult to teach individuals on the spectrum. The curriculum was funded by an Autism Speaks Family Services Community Grant of over $20,000 in 2013.

Wednesday, December 10, 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 at quirks-and-chaos.blogspot.com.

Tonight we went to a restaurant. Ten feet from

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 Link

The Autism Speaks ATN at Kennedy-Vanderbilt has created a model for helping parents and children waiting for autism services

Friday, December 5, 2014 Jaclyn RennerLink

This guest post is written by Alexx Vaccarello, Philanthropy Chair of the Beta-Tau chapter of Alpha Xi Delta. Alex is a senior and majors in Hospitality Management at Kent State University. She took the position of Philanthropy Chair because she has a strong background in event planning and wanted to use her know-how to give back to her favorite cause and favorite nonprofit organization, Autism Speaks.

The Xi Man competition is the Beta Tau Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta’s