Family Services

A Letter from Nana: 3 Things I Really Want My Granddaughter to Know

In this heartfelt post, Jane Springer shares a letter to her granddaughter, Harper, whose twin brother Granger has autism. 

What Being a Special Needs Mom Feels Like

In this inspiring and heartfelt video blog, Kristi Campbell discusses the hope that there is in raising a child with special needs. The transcript is included as well!

New Assessment Tool for Teens and Young Adults with Autism!

The Community-based Skills Assessment is designed to help teens and young adults with autism, their families and professionals develop comprehensive and personalized transition plans. 

Three New Employment Tools for the Autism Community!

As addendums to the Employment Tool Kit, we've created a guide for parents, a guide for employers and a report highlighting big businesses employing adults with autism. 

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Family Services News

Date posted July 15, 2014

Autism Speaks-funded researcher Paul Shattuck addresses the "services cliff” that families face when kids with autism reach adulthood

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Date posted July 14, 2014

Sara Mae Hickey, Owner of Puzzles Bakery & Cafe in New York discusses autism and what inspired her to open her business.

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Date posted July 14, 2014

College students are encourage to apply for virtual internships. You can work directly from your dorm room. Apply by July 22.

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Date posted July 11, 2014

A letter from Autism Speaks President Liz Feld to New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson

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Date posted July 09, 2014

The body of a five-year-old Missouri boy with autism was found in a pond near his home.

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Date posted July 09, 2014

Puzzles Bakery & Cafe is a family ran NY business that hopes to open this summer and hire 20 individuals with autism and special needs More...

Family Services Blog Posts

Monday, July 21, 2014
Jane Springer is the grandmother of twins, one of whom has autism. The post below is a letter from Jane to her granddaughter, Harper, whose...
Monday, July 21, 2014
This post is from Robyn Schneider, mother of Alex and Jamie, identical twins with autism. Robyn has devoted her life to researching, educating...
Thursday, July 17, 2014
This guest blog post is by Nationally Certified Educational Diagnostician Dana Walker. She has worked in the special education field for...

Community Connections

Last month, we focused on the transition back to school. We heard from many families who wanted us More...
Every day new technology is changing our lives in ways we never imagined. For individuals with More...
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month  (NDEAM). Congress designates this More...
What options do individuals with autism and their families have after they turn twenty-two? As the More...

Tool Kits

Download the 100 Day Kit here! The Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit and the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit were created specifically More...
Download the Transition Tool Kit here!   The Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit was created to serve as a guide to assist families on the More...
A tool kit to assist members of the school community in understanding and supporting students with autism. The purpose of this kit is to provide More...
Download the Dental Tool Kit here! Oral health is a very important component of healthy daily living. But for some children with autism, oral health More...
Haircuts can sometimes be difficult for people with autism. The challenges can range from sensory issues to anxiety about what will happen during More...
New! Combating NIMBYism ("Not In My Back Yard") in your community! NIMBYism is a term that is used to describe opposition from neighbors More...