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 Mothers in Need of More Time for Themselves

I just read a recent article by a psychiatrist proclaiming that a family with an autistic member needs to “reassess its priorities” and consider professional help in organizing their lives. She went on to emphasize the importance of parents and caregivers taking time out for themselves and spending time alone with their partners and other [...]

Autism Awareness Month Still a Work in Progress

Leading up to this year’s Autism Awareness Month, I began with real hope in my heart. I knew that a trailer would be released on April 1st for a new documentary film entitled "The United States of Autism" ( http://usofautism.com ) that my family and I were featured in and we were also celebrating World [...]

Siblings of Children with Autism Carry Special Burdens

When a child has autism, most of the family’s energy and resources go towards that child. Siblings carry their own special burdens as they experience all the hardships and stress attendant with autism, yet may feel they get less of their parents’ attention. More is expected of them than their sibling and they can experience [...]

Spanking in Schools Still Legal in Nineteen States

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming.  These are the remaining states where corporal punishment is still legal in schools. On April 7, New Mexico courageously removed itself from the list. Despite empirical evidence that corporal punishment negatively impacts academic [...]

Autism Awareness Event Recreates Sensory Challenges

A wonderful story has been reported out of Kentucky where a mother of twins with autism created an event for neurotypical children at her sons’ school to experience what it’s like to have autism. During Cumberland Trace Elementary School’s Autism Awareness Day, organizers manned five different sensory stations designed to let children experience first-hand the [...]

The Dangers and Pitfalls of Defining Autism

April is host to Autism Awareness Month as well as the fourth annual Autism Awareness Day (April 2nd). It is a time when concentrated efforts are made by both the media and individuals around the world to educate and help people to understand the statistics and the disorder itself. Under the surface, there is debate [...]

Making Autism Awareness Month Count

On April 1 and 2, blue lights will be shining in cities all around the world to help promote autism awareness. In Seattle, The Children’s Museum will be open early exclusively to children with autism, who will be charged a reduced admission fee. People will walk, run, and attend banquets in honor of Autism Awareness [...]

Autism, Allergies and Gastrointestinal Disorders: A Return from the Brink

April 1st ushers in Autism Awareness Month and there is an excellent conference that kicks off in Dartmouth, Massachusetts to start the month. “When the Belly is the Beast: How Intestinal Health Impacts Brain and Behavior,” is a symposium dedicated to exploring nutritional and biomedical approaches to treating autism. In addition to speakers on gastrointestinal [...]

 
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  • * In 1970, Autism affected 1 out of 10,000 children
  • * Autism now affects 1 out of 88 children
  • * Autism affects 1 in 54 boys
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  • * 4 out of 5 autistic children are boys

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