Deadly Rampages and The Rocky Road to Adulthood

Once again, our nation has been rocked by another young adult conducting a murderous rampage that ends multiple lives, including his own. My heart sank when the shooter in the latest tragedy, Elliot Roger, was identified as having Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). Barely past Sandy Hook with Adam Lanza, and now this.  Even with some news [...]

Autism-Related Depression in Mothers and Children

A pair of articles about autism and depression have captured my attention recently. The first involves a study published in JAMA Psychiatry in which researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health examined medical records from 50,000 women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study II and found that those who experienced the most physical, emotional [...]

Video Game Recreates the World of Autism

Vancouver-based video game designer Taylan Kadayifcioglu, who goes more accessibly by Taylan Kay, has created "Auti-Sim," a video game that demonstrates what it is like living with hypersensitivity common to autism.  The essence of the game is this:  As the user walks around a playground, other children laugh and play on the equipment. However, anytime the [...]

Heavy Metal Icons Team Up for Autism Awareness

Dan Spitz and Dave Mustaine, former members of legendary thrash-metal bands Anthrax and Megadeth, respectively, have recently teamed up on a new project entitled Red Lamb. The self-funded collaboration includes the new single "Puzzle Box," a song co-produced and written by Spitz and Mustaine that addresses the complex issues of autism. As we previously reported, [...]

Autism Symptoms Checklist: What You Need to Know

April is Autism Awareness Month, so we thought it would be a good idea to repost our autism symptoms checklist below. Some of this information may already be well known to many, but it wasn’t for us when our son was younger. He received a delayed diagnosis, mainly due to our ignorance about autism at [...]

Changing the World, One Set of Keys at a Time

I wear a set of keys on a chain around my neck. I don’t know what, exactly, these keys unlock, but I wear them in hope, and in memory.  After my grandmother passed away years ago, my grandfather invited the women of the family to view her jewelry box and select any items that we [...]

Autism Advocates Seek Return of Snapple Drink

In 2010, actress and talk show host Holly Robinson Peete competed in Donald Trump’s hit reality show Celebrity Apprentice, where she placed second behind Poison lead singer Bret Michaels. As part of the season finale, Michaels and Peete were tasked to create and market a new drink flavor for Snapple. Peete, a mother of a [...]

Autism Tattoos: A Growing Trend for Awareness and Support

With autism now affecting 1 in 110 children (with a much higher unofficial rate), you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who is not directly or indirectly affected by the disorder. Because of these high numbers and the growing popularity of tattoos in recent years, many tattoo shops across the country are seeing a large spike [...]

Autism, Siblings and the R-Word Effect

When we, the siblings of someone with special needs, hear the word “retarded” or “retard,” even in the most seemingly-casual context, it strikes us hard. When we hear it, we hear it as an echo of all the times our brothers and sisters were not welcomed. It’s an echo of every rejection, overt or covert, [...]

Despite Increased Awareness, the R-Word is Alive and Well

I am not one who offends easily, nor do I consider myself overly-sensitive. However, there are some words that should simply be extinguished from our vernacular. "Retard" is one of them.  Earlier this week, I was out shopping and overheard a young girl use the term in passing and it honestly bothered me a great [...]

 
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    Once again, our nation has been rocked by another young adult conducting a murderous rampage that ends multiple lives, including his own. My heart sank when the shooter in the latest tragedy, Elliot Roger, was identified as having Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). Barely past Sandy Hook with Adam Lanza, and now this.  Even with some news […]
 

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