The first-ever Autism Speaks to Los Angeles Celebrity Chef Gala was the talk of the town with world-class chefs cooking for the cause. P!nk performed at the event and made a surprise donation of $50,000 towards the Autism Speaks iPads grant program which gives thousands of iPads to low-income families every year. Comedian Conan O'Brien brought the laughs as host of the star-studded fundraiser. Read more. Plus, read more about the Chef Gala from Variety.
The US Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $15 million to Massachusetts General Hospital and the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) to continue serving as the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) for another five years. Read more here.
Great advice from our expert on transitioning your child from summer shoes to colder weather shoes. Read more.
A new study suggests that, for those who have autism, repetition of information actually hinders the ability to apply what they’ve learned to new situations.The finding challenges many popular autism education and therapy approaches that emphasize drilling and other forms of repetition.
This is a follow-up to autism mom and blogger Lisa Smith's post last month. "Tate is different than his siblings but different is not always bad or wrong. Different is just different. I have tried to illustrate some of the ways Tate thinks differently..." Read more here
The past several years have seen an explosion of studies aimed at backing up these one-off observations about how autism presents differently in girls than in boys. This is a welcome development, as understanding the unique presentation of autism in girls will help us to better identify and treat the disorder. Read more at Slate.
The Blue Man Group put on a new kind of show Sunday at Briar Street Theater in Chicago. The popular international performance troupe changed up their normal routine to accommodate fans with autism. Read more about the performance on ABC.
Many inspiring people with autism have used Instagram to share their stories of overcoming bullying as part of Kylie Jenner's #IAmMoreThan campaign to #StopBullying. Read more about the campaign here
Fruits of Employment (FOE) is a first-of-its-kind initiative that strategically employs workers with autism and other disabilities at competitive agricultural sites such as apple orchards and vineyards. Read more about the program here
A new idea is brewing to create a coffee shop in D.C. where you can get your cup o’ joe while local teenagers with intellectual disabilities can get on-the-job training. Read more at FOX 5 DC.
African Americans in the St. Louis Metropolitan area are diagnosed with autism on average six months later than white children, according to a Washington University in St. Louis study. Read more at CBS St. Louis.
“First you have you give [people with autism] a job, a chance to try. Without that, nothing else matters.” Read more from The Mighty.
AMC Theatres in 2007 started the AMC Sensory Friendly Films program in partnership with theAutism Society to bring a unique movie experience to our community! As part of the program the film showings have their lights turned up and the sound turned down. Read more.
"What does it really mean to have a sibling with autism? To wake up each and every day knowing that someone in your family may be different. It’s a question I’ve spent most of the last 12 years trying to answer." Read more here.
Broadway star Kelvin Moon Loh is currently in "The King and I" and during a recent show a young boy with autism shouted loudly from the audience during a quiet scene. According to Kelvin, many in the audience reacted very negatively to the interruption and to the mother. Read more.
The In Our Own Words blog series highlights people with autism and their stories through their perspectives. Have a story about growing up with autism? Submit your blog here.
Currently, 81% of adults with autism live with their aging parents. Homes and residential supports that meet the needs of these individuals, while simultaneously providing opportunities for independence and self-actualization, are already in demand. A major breakthrough that meets the escalating demand for homes and supports for those with autism is needed. Enter the competition here!