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February 08, 2016

Special Ed Teacher Plays Jason Mraz in Class


Beautiful things happen when you play a Jason Mraz song inside a special education classroom...

Posted by Special Books by Special Kids on Friday, January 8, 2016

Last year, special education teacher Chris Ulmer earned praise for the awesome way he starts class every day. Now, he’s posted a video showing how he wraps up the week with his kids. Spoiler alert: It’s just as amazing. Read more at The Mighty.

The Wright Stuff: From NBC to Autism Speaks

Co-Founder of Autism Speaks Bob Wright has a new book coming out in March 29 on how he went from NBC to Autism Speaks! 50 percent of proceeds from his book will go back to support our mission. Pre-order your book today here.

Autism Speaks House to Home Prize

Currently, 81% of adults with autism live with their aging parents. While there are many organizations and alliances dedicated to making the search for housing and community living easier, a major breakthrough that meets the escalating demand for homes and supports for those with autism is needed.

Autism Speaks is sponsoring the Autism Speaks House to Home Prize to bring about this breakthrough. Learn more and participate in the challenge here.

Orlando hospital pilots ER program to help kids with autism

An Orlando children's hospital is piloting a new program to reduce stress for children with Autism when they visit the emergency room. The program will provide private, quieter waiting areas for families, headphones, eliminate unnecessary loud equipment, and speed up waiting times for medication and tests. Read more here.

Meet Thomas the Tank Engine in New Jersey at a free, autism-friendly event

WNET, New York Public Media, and Autism Friendly Spaces are hosting a free autism-friendly event at Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, NJ on February 18 from 4-6pm. Trained staff and volunteers will welcome your family for Thomas & Friends episode screenings, activity stations and a Meet-and-Greet session with Thomas. Visual supports and a calming zone will be available and a social narrative will be provided in advance of the event. Advanced registration is required and tickets are limited. Call Union County Performing Arts Center at (732) 499-8226 to register.

Submit your idea to support adults on the spectrum today!

There is less than one month remaining until the submission deadline for the Autism Speaks House to Home Prize. In order to answer any remaining questions you may have, we will be hosting a 1-hour webinar on Thursday, February 11th, at 8:30 am Pacific Time (11:30 am Eastern) (GMT-8:00). During this session we will review the challenge guidelines and do a walkthrough of how to submit your entry on the HeroX website. Participants will also be able to submit questions during the presentation. To register for this webinar, click here and follow the instructions.

Father spreads autism awareness with photography project, "Magpie"

Glenn Gameson-Burrows, father to daughter Aneira, who has autism, started a photography project called "Magpie" to document children and adults on the spectrum. He hopes that Magpie, a documentary-style collection of photos featuring 11 children and 2 adults who have autism, will help raise awareness, and promote understanding, about the disorder. Read more here.

My Name is Neal

My Name Is Neal features the words of a young non-verbal  man living with autism who communicates through his iPad.  The words were written for a speech that was given by Neal at the UN on World Autism Awareness Day. My Name is Neal is the second in a series of “My Name Is” animated shorts, the first being My Name Is David, that feature words written by people living with autism. The series is directed by Matt Manning, whose work includes Robot Chicken and Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story and was produced by Matt Asner of Autism Speaks.