Skip navigation

Calls to Action

Autism Speaks Official Blog 

Thursday, June 14, 2018 Link

This Father's Day, Autism Speaks celebrates all of the dads, grandpas and other father figures in our community. Thank you to all of the autism dads who work diligently and selflessly to make the world a more understanding and accepting place for children and adults with autism.

For World Autism Month this year, nearly 5,000 people in the autism community around the world shared their autism stories with Autism Speaks. Many stories came from dads looking to share with the

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Jeff McCaffertyLink

Jeff McCafferty is the proud father of two boys on the autism spectrum and a supporter of Autism Speaks.

“Fathers don’t take it well.”

That is what our pediatrician told my wife, Kim, after she asked him why he chose then to tell her, without me present, our son Justin was likely autistic. After all, both of us had taken Justin to the doctor a few weeks earlier and he gave no reason for concern

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Mike FreemanLink

This guest blog post was written by Mike Freeman. Mike lives in Rhode Island and is the author of the family memoir 'Neither Mountain Nor River: Fathers, Sons, and an Unsettled Faith.'

Without Shannon, our nine-year old daughter with autism, I’m not sure I could articulate how grateful I am to her and her typical sister Flannery without sounding trite. Like most kids most of the time our

Monday, June 11, 2018 Nick WrightLink
This guest blog post is by Nick Wright, Labor Relations Representative in San Diego. He is a dedicated father of two, a daughter and his son Brandon who was diagnosed ASD. He is an active community member and volunteer for youth sports programs.
The last two years I have had a strict adherence to routines and structure. Since Brandon was diagnosed ASD, I had a singular
Monday, June 11, 2018 Link

This guest blog post is by Mathew Oakes. Matt blogs with his wife Courtney about parenting on the autism spectrum at 808 [The Adventures]

I spent a lot of time this week thinking about being a dad. I’ve only been one for a few years, but we’ve packed a lot into them: a miscarriage, two rough

Thursday, June 7, 2018 Link

Research funded by Autism Speaks is providing guidance on how to better identify youth at risk of mental health crisis and better support them and their care providers

Mental health crises are serious and potentially life-threatening

Thursday, May 24, 2018 Link

This blog post is by Lynn Dixon - a mom, writer and advocate for neuro-diverse families. She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and two sons. You can read more of her work at her blog and follow her on Facebook.

When my son was an infant, before he was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, I accidentally locked him in my car.

After grocery shopping, I strapped him into his car seat. When I went around

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Link

The Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network takes a big step in its mission to improve and expand the reach of comprehensive healthcare for children and teens with autism

By Donna Murray, Autism Speaks

Friday, May 18, 2018 Lorna HeidLink

This blog post is by Lorna Heid, owner of Independent Grounds Café in Kennesaw, Georgia. 

Last fall a friend of mine mentioned that they were considering purchasing a casual dining franchise so their special needs daughter would always have a place to work. This passing comment was a lightbulb moment for me as I’d never considered that possibility.

I’ve always thought my

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Juliana FethermanLink

This guest blog post is by Juliana Fetherman. She has a brother on the autism spectrum and is an autism advocate. 

Advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves is my passion. My brother, who is 19 years old, was diagnosed with autism and ADHD at a very young age.  He is high functioning, verbal and my best friend.  Since he is very aware of his differences, he wants nothing more than to be "normal." Having to