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Happy Mother's Day!

May 08, 2015

On Mother's Day we celebrate moms around the world. Autism Speaks would like to especially thank the incredible hard-working moms of kids on the autism spectrum. These are their stories. 

To The Moms Who Get to Raise Little Ones with Autism This Mother’s Day

You wake up so early every morning and your body is still exhausted from the previous day… week… month… year. You give yourself a pep talk, take a deep breath, and swing your legs over the side of the bed. If you’re super lucky, like me, your husband will have already brought up a hot cup of coffee and set it on the nightstand. Keep reading...

Watch This Once Nonverbal Girl Sing a Duet with Her Mom 

Autism advocate and mom Amy Kelly gets emotional when she reflects on just how far her incredible daughter with autism has come. She recently started speaking. Watch her story above. 

How I know My Son Loves Me, Even if He Doesn’t Say It

How do you know he loves you? Does he say those three little words? He doesn’t use his words, but he tells me he loves me, a hundred times a day. He tells me with his eyes, when he wakes up and I’m the first person he sees. He smiles the faintest of smiles with his puffy morning-eyed slumber and I know I’m the luckiest person in the world. Keep reading...

My Response When People Say 'I Don't Know How You Do It'

It is often said, “If you meet one child with autism, you’ve met one child with autism.” meaning each child is unique. I say, If you meet one autism parent then you’ve met one autism parent.” Keep reading...

10 Things I've Learned as an Autism Mom

  1. You will revel in even the smallest increments of progress, progress you would not have noticed if your children were typical.
  2. You will learn to always push your children to do a little bit more than you think they can.
  3. Keep reading...

15 Things I'm Aware of as the Mother of a Son with Autism

15. I'm aware that kindness and acceptance are all around us. In the beginning, I shied away from people and gatherings. I didn't want to inflict our circumstances on others. I literally went into hiding. I really underestimated family, friends and strangers. Keep reading...

The Job Offer Letter I'd Give to New Autism Parents

Dear Liz,

Congratulations on your successful appointment to the position of “Autism Parent.” We understand you may be confused by this appointment, as you never actually applied for the post in the first place. You may also be concerned that there are no contact details in this letter, so you cannot write, call or email us to turn the position down. Your concerns are to be expected and will lessen over time. Keep reading...