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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

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Phil MartinLink

This guest post is by Phil Martin. Phil was diagnosed with Asperger’s, school phobia, and ADHD as a teenager. Today he currently works as an Emergency Dispatcher and photographer. For more information on Phil, click here



Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Link

This guest blog post is by Anna Steinbuch. Anna has a son on the autism spectrum and is a GameStop store leader. From May 1- 31, 2018, all GameStop stores in the U.S. will be having a GameStop Gives Back Event, offering three ways guests can contribute to support of people with autism.

It’s hard to put in to words what “autism” means to our family and how it has impacted us. It has really been more of a way of life. It’s all we know.

My son, Sam,

Friday, May 11, 2018 Manar KobeissiLink

This guest blog post is by Manar Kobeissi

Everything I wished for in life I was able to achieve. I married the man of my dreams, I bought the house that I desired, and even gave birth to beautiful twins, something I have always dreamt for. With that there was always something in the back of my head that made me believe that one day I was going to go through something difficult because my life seemed too good to be true

Friday, May 11, 2018 Link

This Mother’s Day, Autism Speaks celebrates all of the moms in our community.

Autism moms often face challenges, but your dedication to helping your child reach his or her goals and succeed to the best of his or her abilities, combined with your work to make the world a more accepting and understanding place for your child, are the truest examples of unconditional love and selflessness.

For World Autism Month this

Mother's Day
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Link

This is a post by Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty, mother to two sons on the autism spectrum and an Autism Family Partner at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). CHOP is an Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network site. Kim is also the author of a blog about her two children with autism at Kim's book, "Raising Autism, Surviving the Early Years," can be found on

Thursday, May 3, 2018 Link

This post is by Amanda Roberts, she is a 20-year-old woman on the autism spectrum. She currently works at McAlister's Deli. McAlister's is an Autism Speaks World Autism Month partner. 

When I was diagnosed with autism, I was told that I was