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Monday, April 30, 2018 Ilyse Levine-KanjiLink

This post is by Ilyse Levine-Kanji, a former employment discrimination lawyer, who lives outside Boston, Massachusetts with her husband and two sons, Sam (19) and Troy (17).  For more of Ilyse's advocacy work on behalf of people with autism, check out 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 Link

Keedra Cotton is a Pre-Analytical Supervisor at Quest Diagnostics in Tucker, GA. 

Jordan dreamed of finding a career that would allow her to excel using her skills and talents.  Though her dream is one shared by many, Jordan is a person living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Stereotypes, the misperceptions of others, and some challenges associated with autism can make it hard for some individuals with ASD to find a job, let alone a establish career.

Friday, April 20, 2018 Link

This is a post by Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty, mother to two sons on the autism spectrum. Kim also has a blog about her family.

Eleven years ago this month my beautiful boy Zachary was born, my second son, little brother to his autistic sibling. He was the easiest baby, reveling in sharing his delight with the world, walking early, babbling incessantly

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Kristen JeterLink

Kristen Jeter is a stay at home mom, with a degree in child learning and development and a mom to 4 year old twins on the spectrum.

Deficient/Deficiency is defined as “the quality or state of being defective or of lacking some necessary quality or element” by the Merriam Webster dictionary. On its own it is a harmless word. When used to describe children with autism, by a friend, well that’s more than hurtful.

And I was angry!

Monday, April 16, 2018 Lisa VaillancourtLink

The Vaillancourt family is a team. Parents, Patrick and Lisa, and oldest son, Patrick, were there every step of the way to help Alex’s dream of having his own train a reality. Alex was diagnosed with autism in 1998 and has always loved trains.

When we asked him what he would like to do when he grows up, he said he would be a train engineer.  We will be the first in line to board his train!”

Friday, April 13, 2018 Kate CortelyouLink

This post is by Kate Cortelyou who resides in Nashville, Tenn. with her husband and two young children. She is a retired giraffe keeper turned stay-at-home mom. 

In February 2017 during my sons 3 year well visit, his pediatrician advised me to have him tested for autism. 7 weeks later on April 5th he was diagnosed. Any parent remembers odd details of that day vividly. What the room looked like. What chair they

Thursday, April 12, 2018 Gianna HitsosLink

Over the past ten years, I have spread the message of autism awareness and acceptance. I was diagnosed with autism at two years old, so World Autism Month is extremely important to me. As a self-advocate, since I speak all year round, my wish is that we will reach a point where everyone in the whole world will spread autism awareness, acceptance and inclusion, not just during the month of April, but each and every day. Over the

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Sandy PetrovicLink

Sandy Petrovic is a registered nurse, an author, a public speaker, an instructional advisor/tutor in a college academic support center, and the mother of a son on the spectrum. For more about us, click here

Meet my hero, David Petrovic: a son, a brother, a friend, a teacher, an actor, and…incidentally…a person on the spectrum. Autism is not David’s

Monday, April 9, 2018 Link

“I read that Autism Speaks is funding research into auditory processing disorder. What is it, and how does it affect people with autism?”


Monday, April 9, 2018 Ryan LeeLink

This guest post is by Ryan Lee. To view his last post about his struggle with Autism click here How I learned to accept my autism and love myself. The purpose of this speech to let everyone know that autism does in fact have a voice.

Autism is a concept that people need to be more aware of. Millions of people are affected by it worldwide.