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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

Monday, August 25, 2014 Link

This post is by Ken Siri, an author, advocate and entrepreneur who is the single father of Alex, a 15-year-old boy with autism. Ken and Alex will be the subjects of a feature length documentary called "Big Daddy Autism" about the beautiful relationship between a father and son with autism living in New York City. Watch the indiegogo trailer for the film below.

Friday, August 22, 2014 Link

The below post, initially posted on autismcollege.com is from Chantal Sicile-Kira, author and mom to 24-year-old Jeremy. Chantal walks through the six months before Jeremy moved into his own home!

Jeremy is moving into his own place. Months ago, when we found out

Friday, August 22, 2014 Link

“Our child, severely affected by autism, refuses to eat anything but sweets. How can I direct her diet in healthier directions?”

 Today’s “Food

Thursday, August 21, 2014 Link

This post below is by Jennifer Hitz, Grants Coordinator, and Megan Giordano, Equine Director, of Leg Up Farm. Opened in 2010, Leg Up Farm is a nonprofit therapy center, located in Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, whose mission it is to enrich the lives of families with special needs children through customized therapeutic experiences. Since its opening, Leg Up Farm has provided therapy and education services to over 1,200 children, over 20% of whom have had an autism diagnosis.