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September 2012

Learn From My Mistakes

This is a blog post by Marianne Sullivan, RN, MN, the Assistant Director of National Outreach and Resources at Autism Speaks, and the mother of an adult with autism.

My son Hunter is a 20-year-old adult with autism. From age two when he was first diagnosed with autism, his language development was extremely limited. This has continued throughout his life, so his inability to express his needs and feelings frequently leaves him deeply frustrated, which, in turn, gets expressed by challenging and aggressive behaviors.

Matthew and Me

Jennifer Toscano is an aide at a private school for children with autism in New Jersey. With 6+ years working in the special education field, Jen has been exposed to a number of unique opportunities and experiences. Jen has created great relationships with many different and complex children over the years. Jen continues to work passionately and love the children that change her life daily.


Thank You Cantor Fitzgerald

We would like to thank Cantor Fitzgerald for including Autism Speaks in its annual Charity Day event on September 11, 2012. Charity Day takes place every year to commemorate September 11, 2001. By reaching out to help others, Cantor Fitzgerald turns a tragic day into one that is positive and uplifting. During the event, celebrities work with licensed brokers to raise funds for dozens of charities all over the world. We would like to express our gratitude to Autism Speaks' celebrity ambassadors, former NBA player Cliff Robinson and former NFL player Corey Louchiey.

The Autism Speaks blog features opinions from people throughout the autism community. Each blog represents the point of view of the author and does not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks' beliefs or point of view.