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Friday, February 2, 2018 Lisa VaillancourtLink
This guest blog post is by Lisa Vaillancourt. She is the proud mother of two adult sons. Alex, 22, was diagnosed with autism in 1998 and epilepsy in 2014. Lisa is his daily sidekick, but is fully aware that he’s the one who teaches her every day.

Our son was diagnosed with autism twenty years ago. Before he acquired language, he made noises all day, every day.  When he started to speak around the age of three, a lot of it was

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Noah CumminsLink

This guest post is by Noah Cummins. Noah was born and raised in Park Ridge Illinois and is the youngest of five brothers and was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. Noah now lives in Nashville Tennessee where he studies commercial music at Belmont University. His goal is to become a recording singer songwriter. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Link

Discoveries made by this Autism Speaks postdoctoral fellow are advancing our understanding of genetic differences in autism – bringing us closer to personalized treatments 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Tommy ByrneLink

This post is by Tommy Byrne who lives in Old Bridge, New Jersey with his wife, whom he just recently married in October. He is a Coordinating Producer for the FOX News Rundown podcast featured on FOX News. When he isn't working, he is playing and writing songs and listening to Bruce Springsteen. His cousin Anthony was diagnosed with autism at about 2 and a half and is now 10. He credits Anthony for bringing so much joy to people’s lives on a daily basis and loves him very much. His hopes of writing this song is to give those who do not have a voice, that they can now be heard

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Kate CortelyouLink
This post is by Kate Cortelyou who resides in Nashville with her husband and two young children. She is a retired giraffe keeper turned stay at home mom. Her son was diagnosed with ASD in the spring of 2017. His diagnosis instilled a new passion in Kate who has been busy educating herself on special education rights and disability rights. She hopes that the future will allow her to be an advocate for those in the community who need a stronger voice. 
Friday, January 19, 2018 Link

Bittersweet Farms is a place where dreams come true.   Founded in 1983 and located in Ohio, Bittersweet Farms provides recreational, transitional, vocational, and residential services that empower individuals with autism to redefine what is possible.  Over the years, families and participants have found that the farm setting offers rich, varied, and abundant opportunities for self-paced, distraction-free activities that are meaningful and transformative for the participants.  For

Thursday, January 18, 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 and the book we co-authored from each of our perspectives (Expect a Miracle: A Mother/Son Asperger Journey of Determination and Triumph) click here

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Autism Moms
Friday, January 12, 2018 Link

What advice can you give parents on how we should talk about dating and intimacy with our teens who have autism?

Guest post by psychologist Lindsey Sterling, PhD, and doctoral student Siena Whitham - autism researchers and therapists with UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. During a now-completed

Thursday, January 11, 2018 Link

At Quest Diagnostics we aim to promote a healthier world, build value and create an inspiring workplace. One of the ways we do this is by partnering with organizations such as ADVICE, a program affiliated with Autism Speaks and NEXT for AUTISM, to help us hire individuals on the autism spectrum, and those with similar disabilities

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Link

Our 6-year-old has autism and gets really impatient to the point of tantrums. No matter how many times we explain "waiting," he doesn’t seem to understand that he can’t always get what he wants right now. How do we help him understand?

Response by psychologists Kenneth Shamlian and Brenna Cavanaugh, of the University of Rochester Medical Center – one of 13 sites in the