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January 11, 2016

"Autism in Love" documentary premieres tonight on PBS

The documentary, "Autism in Love," that focuses on how people with autism experience love and manage romantic relationships, will run tonight at 10 p.m. on PBS as part of their "Independent Lens" series. Director Matt Fuller spoke to the Huffington Post about what he was aiming to show within autism and love, saying that he doesn't "know the science," but added, "I do know about the challenges many adults with autism face. I know that they want to love and be loved. And, I know they are capable of having meaningful, romantic relationships." Read more about the film here and here

Hillary Clinton announces new aut​ism plan

Autism Speaks urges all the presidential candidates to come forward with a plan to address the needs of people living with autism. We have provided a blueprint that Autism Speaks believes is essential to good public policy. A national plan should be built around enhanced state and federal advocacy, groundbreaking advances in science and research, and a full discussion of the barriers to, and opportunities for, addressing the housing, transition and employment needs of those with autism. 

Career and technical education for individuals with autism

All students deserve educational opportunities that best prepare them for the next step in life after secondary school, whether it is higher education or a career. For many Americans, employment is a critical component for most adults to build full and productive lives. With some 50,000 people with autism entering adulthood each year in the United States, access to employment opportunities and pre-employment or transition programs, like career and technical education (CTE), are critical. Read more.

Tool Could Help Police Tailor Response T​o Those With Special Needs

When Freya Colella’s older son had “a meltdown” last month and barricaded himself inside his bedroom, she called the Brunswick police for help. Read more at Disability Scoop.

I’m a high-functioning man with autism coping with health issues – do I bother dating?

"Given all this, should I bother trying online dating? If so, what, if anything, should I mention about my condition? I don’t want to be a burden on someone else. I’m scared that, at best, I’d end up being a specter in someone’s life: appearing fleetingly every now and again when my symptoms ebb." A 27-year-old man with autism in Canada wrote to The Guardian's Life Advice column about dating. Read the response here.

 

PE teacher brings out best in autism students at Randolph facility

Alan Anselmi, a 39-year-old PE teacher from Randolph, MA. Is helping students with autism at the May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. His focus is on taking all kinds of movements and specializing them to students with special needs to help them want to participate to the best of their abilities. Read more here.

The Israeli Army Unit That Recruits Teens With Autism

The Atlantic reported about an Israeli Army Unit called the Israel Defense Force’s “Visual Intelligence Division” also known as Unit 9900, which recruits Israelis on the autism spectrum to be part of their unit. Their focus now has become on recruiting teens with autism who have heightened perceptual skills. Read more of the story here

The day I told the world I have autism

In this In Our Own Words post, Kerry Magro, a national speaker and best-selling author shares about the decision to tell his peers about his autism diagnosis. Magro told them, “autism cannot define who you are, only you can define autism” Read more here. Have a story about growing up on the autism spectrum? Share it with us at InOurOwnWords@autismspeaks.org

A day with Grayson Gibby

This is the Gibby family's story.