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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.

In this episode, I feature Joel Bethke who has Asperger Syndrome. Joel just started middle school last year and has dealt with bullying and taunting by his classmates. To help with this, Joel decided to write a paper about who he is to share with his school last November to come out about his diagnosis. Joel's paper is highlighted in the video and below:

Earlier this week our friends at Gap in NYC hosted a career day to give four young people with autism some real world experience to help them develop their workplace skills.

Gap partnered with Autism Speaks and HeartShare to give Reuben, Kenneth, Mathew and Sean (pictured) some on-the-job training, and a glimpse into the working world.  The four young men spent the day at GAP’s flagship 5th avenue store -- each was paired with a Gap employee and assigned to one of four stations:

Join us for Autism Speaks new Technology and Autism Webinar Series. Each webinar will offer a technology topic presented by experts that is targeted toward a family–friendly audience. The 2012 series runs from October through December, and will begin again in January 2013. Each webinar will allow time for questions and answers sessions. Webinars will be recorded and available for later viewing. The series is free and open to all.

Technology and Autism Webinar Series Highlights:

Alysia lives in Hopedale, MA with her husband and three sons. She is active in the special needs community through her volunteer work, specifically as the managing editor of the SPD Blogger Network, a website designed to connect parents of children with sensory processing disorder and through her own personal blog Try Defying Gravity. She is also a member of her local special education parents advisory council. Her middle child was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at age 3 1/2.