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Thursday, October 5, 2017 Link

This blog post was written by Kathy Hooven who's son Ryan has autism. You can read more about Kathy and her family on her blog, "The AWEnesty of Autism."

A note to teachers:

As parents, we may have spent years grappling with and accepting our child's disability. We may have searched high and low to explain this behavior or that learning struggle. Once our child received a diagnosis, a

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 Link

This is a post by Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty, mother to two sons on the autism spectrum and author of a blog about her family's journey, at

I still remember the day I knew my autistic son would remain on the severe end of the spectrum.

Justin was five, and in the

Thursday, September 28, 2017 Link

This blog post is by Jen Reinehr, Program Psychologist at the Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Diagnoses of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be reliably made starting at two years of age and while participation in programs with typically developing peers is beneficial, mere exposure does not improve

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 Link

This blog is by Kerry Magro, an award-winning international motivational speaker and best-selling author who’s on the autism spectrum. A version of this blog originally appeared on

Full disclosure: After only watching one episode, I have no idea what the future is for “

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Link

Each October for more than 70 years, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has observed National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This annual campaign highlights the importance of employment for people with all disabilities and celebrates the many contributions of America's workers with disabilities including autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). This gives the autism community another opportunity to highlight the strengths of potential employees with

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Link

Diversity-focused hiring programs are increasingly helping companies to widen their search when hiring new talent. This includes hiring individuals with autism.

Figures published by the CDC show that as many as one in 68 school-aged children can be identified on the autism spectrum. Overall, 50,000 teenagers with autism leave school each year, and there are now approximately 2.5 million adults with autism living in the U.S.

However, under-representation in the workforce is now endemic for

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Link

In May 2017, Autism Speaks was proud to partner with Microsoft at its annual Microsoft Supplier Program (MSP) Summit in Redmond, Washington. Beyond Microsoft’s exciting direct Autism Hiring Program, the summit presented an opportunity to promote the employment of people with autism and other neurological differences to a much larger audience – the tens of thousands of

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Link

One habit that I've adopted over the years is to provide some sort of takeaway quote for inspiration and motivation when ending a stakeholder phone call or email. Whether you are a quote-lover like me, or a quote-loather like some, the popular, "Alone we can do so little. Together, we can do so much," quote from Helen Keller is one that seems to resonate.

It resonates because it’s true. Across the country every day, you will find self-advocates, siblings, parents, providers, legislators, lobbyists, attorneys and regulators working on the state level to develop

Monday, September 11, 2017 Link

A pediatrician with Missouri’s Thompson Center for Autism shares strategies for making medical appointments run smoothly for kids on the spectrum 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Link

Media reports continue to come in of individuals with autism and their families being rescued from the ravages of Hurricane Harvey. As professional and volunteer rescue workers from around the country rally to Houston's aid, heartwarming stories such as these have been going viral.

While natural disasters bring fear, anxiety and confusion to all victims, people with autism and other disabilities are particularly vulnerable to such devastating upheaval from their daily lives. Thankfully, while these families continue to face hardship, each of the stories below have happy endings