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Friday, November 7, 2014 Link

I’m a special education teacher in a rural community with few autism services. I’m trying to help a parent of a 3-year-old boy who has autism. She needs help teaching her son not to run blindly into the street with no thought of danger. She’s tried discipline including swatting. But the message of “danger” doesn’t seem to get through. How can I help this mom and her boy?

Thursday, November 6, 2014 Link

This Your Dollars @ Work post is about Special Kids' Camp Ability, a nonprofit camp for children with special needs ages 7-25 held each summer for seven weeks that was the recipient of an Autism Speaks Baker Summer Camp Grant. Camp Ability provides an opportunity for children with special needs to participate in structured, recreational activities in a safe environment while enhancing each child’s self-esteem, social skills, and physical well-being to better prepare them for school and daily life

Thursday, November 6, 2014 Link

This post is by Eric Kirschner, an adult with autism who is currently working as a media intern at Autism Speaks. 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 

Thursday, November 6, 2014 Link

This guest post was written by Lisa Vaillancourt, the very proud mother of two handsome, successful young men. Patrick is a 20-year-old college junior. He is a loving big brother to Alex, 18, a recent high school graduate who is now employed part-time and also volunteers at two different libraries ten

Thursday, November 6, 2014 Link

A guest blog from Katie Keith, the director of research at Trimpa Group and a former research professor at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms, who advises Autism Speaks on federal health care policy.

As we near this year’s open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act—from November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015—we reflect on two recent reports that highlight the ways that health reform has affected autism insurance coverage.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 Link

This guest blog is by Jessica McLaughlin, a mom, teacher, writer and autism advocate. Jessica is a co-chair for the Treasure Coast Walk Now for Autism Speaks.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 Link

Autism specialists at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are using a sophisticated online tool to connect families with local resources 


Monday, November 3, 2014 Link

This guest post is by Hannah Bunch, the full-time mom of three stair-step boys, all with either confirmed or suspected autism. Hannah and her husband Jared have embraced their new found roles, working to become autism advocates; hoping to share their voice as parents and the voices of their children, in pursuit of autism awareness and research. 

Friday, October 31, 2014 Link

This guest post was sent to us by Tricia Reynolds who is a blogger at The Book of Timothy. You can read her original post on her blog here. Are you taking your child with autism out today for Halloween? Check out our Halloween Tips for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders here

Friday, October 31, 2014 Link

I’ve heard that kids with autism will eventually eat if they’re hungry enough. I’m considering taking away the hard candy, chips and crackers that our daughter snacks on all day to see if she will learn to eat real food. I’ve tried giving her nutritious foods in the past, but nothing worked. Still I worry. If I take her junk food away, will she starve herself? Should I just get tough and go ahead with this?