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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Link

 

This spring the state of Virginia passed legislation expanding its existing autism insurance law, reaching thousands more children across the Commonwealth.

Below is a touching blog on the expansion with special appearances by Einstein, Wyatt Earp, a pair of adorable Dr. Suess characters and one Virginia mother’s perspective of why autism insurance coverage expansion is a game changer.

Judging Fish

by Kate Fletcher

The autism world is filled with acronyms, metaphors, and symbols. ABA, IFSP, IEP, SIB, puzzle

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Link

This list is by Mark Mautone, the 2014-2015 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year. Mark has years of experience working with kids with autism and iPads. Mark recently made a video with Autism Speaks about how to make the most of the free apps that come with a new iPad. Watch the video below. Click here to search the Autism Speaks online apps database.

Apps, iPads, list
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Link

This is a post by Aleta Tackitt, a grandmother to Trenton and Andrew Conrad who both have autism. She is a dedicated advocate for autism and takes pride as her role as their, Nana. The post was originally shared on her daughter Angela's blog Two Brothers One Journey.

Anyone that knows me knows how much I have always looked forward to being a grandma!  All my kids said they actually felt sorry for the first one of them that made me one.  I was the one that was always grabbing

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Link

Today Drexel University released the first comprehensive report that describes what happens to youth on the autism spectrum between high school and their early 20s. "These statistics put numbers behind the stories we often hear from families describing the challenges of entering adulthood - often without help."

Below is a post by Paul T. Shattuck, PhD, Director and

Monday, April 20, 2015 Link

This is a post by Kerrie Mallory-Thompson, proud single mother of her amazing miracle son, Conor. In addition to being a single mom, Kerrie has a full-time job and her own photography business. She is also a 3 year walk committee volunteer for Walk Now for Autism Speaks Arizona and an Autism Speaks event volunteer. With the many hats Kerrie currently wears, she said she is grateful for the parent training courses she has found within IBT's Parent eLearning.

Friday, April 17, 2015 Link

This guest blog post is by Dennis A. Brown II. It was published by Press & Guide as an opinion piece.

Just when you think it couldn’t get worse…

I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in February 2007, at age 35, but I’ve had it since I was a kid. With April being Autism Awareness Month this should be a serious wake-up call.

In 2000, 1 in 166 kids was diagnosed with a form of autism. That figure has been climbing ever since. In

Friday, April 17, 2015 Cari Brown, Colorado AdvocateLink

Today was the formal bill signing of SB15-015, and it was awesome.  This photo represents the culmination of a year and half of work because someone once said to me, "If it has to be, it is up to me."

Back in the fall of 2013, I found out that Colorado's autism insurance mandate was changing.  As a result of those changes, Craig (my son) was going to lose the majority of his ABA therapy hours.  For

Friday, April 17, 2015 Link

“Our daughter, who was diagnosed with PDD-NOS, has no apparent allergy symptoms. However, a recent food panel shows she has mild (class II) allergy to egg white, peanut, soybean and wheat. Could you please provide guidance on the pros and cons of putting an autistic child with this type of allergy classification on a diet that eliminates these foods?”

Editor’s note: The following information is not meant to diagnose or treat and should not take the place of personal consultation, as appropriate,

Thursday, April 16, 2015 Link

Our Global Autism Public Health team reports back from the World Health Organization’s first Parent Skills Training workshop for autism

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Link

This guest post is by Trisha Sandoz, a momvocate, one of our New England Chapter Volunteer Leaders and also was just crowned as Mrs. Massachusetts International. Trisha’s using her platform to honor her son, who is on the autism spectrum.

“You are your kid’s biggest advocate,” are words I often find myself quoting to many friends and parents I meet.   They are words recited to me a number of