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The Days In Between

This post is by Lena Rivkin, MFA, is an artist and graphologist living in Los Angeles. She has an adult brother named Phillip who has autism. 

I sometimes wonder if my brother and I are single-handedly keeping the printed yearly calendar business alive.  Honestly, I buy 52 calendars every year.  The people at Staples or the 99 Cent store must find me very odd, purchasing 2012 Calendars in October, November and December. The good news is they are much cheaper at that time of year! 

OREOS - A New Currency

Annie Lubliner Lehmann, a freelance writer for more than twenty-five years, has published articles in many newspapers and magazines including the New York Times and Detroit Free Press. Her most recent book, The Accidental Teacher – Life Lessons from My Silent Son is a heartfelt memoir about self-discovery rather than illness that uses insight and humor to weave a tale rich with kitchen-table wisdom. She resides in Michigan with her husband and two of three children.

The Gift of Mark

This blog post is by Ali Dyer, the Social Media Manager at Autism Speaks. Her older brother Jeff has autism. 

Twenty years ago, a young man from Ireland standing over seven feet tall walked through our front door. His name was Mark and he had just begun working at Another Step, the agency my brother Jeff was looped in with. At first sight, they looked like brothers. Jeff had many challenges back then, but was instantly taken by Mark – correction; we all were. Our family quickly went from five to six.

My Son Has Become More Than His Autism

Joane Goodroe is the mother of a 25 year old son that was diagnosed with autism – pervasive development delay- when he was 4 years old. In addition to being the mother of two sons, she has degrees in nursing and business and has developed innovative solutions that have reduced unnecessary healthcare costs while improving the quality of care. She is also a Dr. Oz ShareCare expert.

After the Storm

Denise Bianchi is an employee for Autism Speaks, helping in the Family Services Department for the Southeast Region as well as the Communications and Marketing Departments.  She is the mother of two children, Danielle, 18, and Andrew 13, who has autism.  She and her family reside in Staten Island, NY.   

From Helplessness to Courage: A Sister's Story

Caroline McGraw is a would-be childhood paleontologist turned storyteller, digging for treasure in people with autism and intellectual disabilities (and empowering caregivers to do the same). Caroline blogs at A Wish Come Clear, serves as a columnist and features writer for Autism After 16, and works as a copywriter for non-profits and small businesses with a special needs support focus.

David Finch's life with Asperger's

This post is by David Finch the author, 'The Journal of Best Practices'

It was a mild Tuesday morning in April and I was making the same breakfast I’d made every day for more than a year: eggs scrambled with cheese, oatmeal with fresh grapes—grapes help take my mind off the fact that my mouth is full of oats, which, at the risk of offending you horses out there, are truly disgusting—tea, and orange juice.  Just another morning, really, except that there was an NBC news crew standing in my kitchen, filming everything I was doing.