Autism Acceptance

We know that autism acceptance is something many in the autism community are also advocating for. Here are a list of links from our website that discuss issues related to autism acceptance.

An anonymous letter was sent on New Years Eve to the house of Annie Sands, a mother from Bromley, London, about one of her sons, Rubin, who is on the autism spectrum. The letter has gone viral in autism community since Annie has shared it and has even made her decide to sell her home and find...

Autism Speaks Staffer Kerry Magro had a chance to speak with Karla Begley, the Canadian mother who received a hate-filled letter from a neighbor who was angered by the behavior of her son Max who has autism. The shocking letter has since gone viral and sparked an outpouring of support. Kerry Magro...

For the first time, researchers have demonstrated that the right supports can help young adults with autism achieve high rates of quality employment. The encouraging results appear this week in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. The findings are particularly encouraging in...

  Autism Speaks and its educational partners wrapped up their second National Conference for Families and Professionals in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend. Attendees included more than 400 parents, healthcare providers, educators and individuals affected by autism. They shared information and...

  On Saturday, pediatrician Paul Carbone opened the second day of Autism Speaks' national conference with insights into how families and doctors can create a better system for delivering family-based care for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). “For me, this is a...

    Today, Autism Speaks’ second annual National Conference for Families and Professionals opened with a keynote address from respected educator, researcher and autism self-advocate Stephen Shore. Dr. Shore, a professor of special education at Adelphi University, emphasized...

As families and therapists know well, some children with autism make rapid progress, while others develop social and verbal skills very slowly. Even among those slow to speak, many eventually become highly verbal. Others continue to communicate with only a few if any words. Autism researchers have...

  The frustration is a familiar one in autism research: A new behavioral therapy works great when study participants come into a laboratory or academic clinic. Not so well in classrooms where teachers and therapists try to put the intervention into action. In 2011, Autism Speaks organized a...

  The transition to college is an understandably anxious time for many students with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). How will they be accepted by other college students? How open should they be about their autism? At this year’s International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR),...

  Despite intensive early therapy, around a third of children with autism speak few words when they enter school. Once experts believed that if children with autism didn’t acquire language by age 5 or 6, they never would. Now we know that many can do so. Encouraged, researchers,...