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My Story with Autism from Then Until Now

This post is from Bo Broadnax, a junior at the University of Cincinnati who is on the autism spectrum. Bo recently received an intership at Barefoot Proximity, an advertising agency in Cincinnati. 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. 

Autism Training for NYC Search and Rescue Team

This post is written by Nola Waill, an intern with Family Services at Autism Speaks and a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).  Nola is a student at Washington University in St. Louis as a psychology major and has a profound interest in developmental disorders.  Her background as an emergency first responder has shaped her perspective on autism wandering and has personally compelled her to spread the word on autism safety awareness.  

The Imprint a Stranger Left on my Family

This post is from Robyn Schneider, mother of Alex and Jamie, identical twins with autism. Robyn has devoted her life to researching, educating, advocating, and working endlessly toward improving the lives of her sons as well as those of other children and adults with autism. Alex (24) is in a contest to be featured on the front cover of Runners World, an international running magazine.

A Story about Autism and Acceptance with Kids Who Care

The post below is written by Lynn Balter, a parent, volunteer and board member of Kids Who Care. After Lynn presented to a large group of 7th graders at Cocopah Middle School in Scottsdale, Arizona, one student was brave enough to believe in herself and was able to tell her personal story to her peers. That day, those 7th grade students became a little wiser and definitely more accepting of kids with on the autism spectrum.