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Kids with autism want to connect. Here’s how other kids can help.

My brother Michael leaves the best voicemails, is a great traveling companion and does a spot-on impression of our late grandmother. Michael is also on the autism spectrum, and has been my life’s best reference for loving someone who is neuroatypical. Because he lives 1,000 miles away, though, my kids...

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How History Forgot the Woman Who Defined Autism

It was 1924 when the 12-year-old boy was brought to the Moscow clinic for an evaluation. By all accounts, he was different from his peers. Other people did not interest him much, and he preferred the company of adults to that of children his own age. He never played with...

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Woman with autism uses artwork for good causes

Morgan Morenz’s first attempt at serious drawing, a Pokémon character at age 11, wasn’t as good as she wanted. But Morenz didn’t get discouraged, spending her teen years perfecting her sketching. “Eventually, I started doing more profound stuff,” she said. As a 25-year-old with autism, Morenz uses her artwork to...

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Eddie Redmayne Does Think Newt Scamander Is On The Autism Spectrum

Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Newt Scamander is one of the more interesting roles in recent blockbuster films. Newt isn’t simply a reluctant hero. It’s not just that he finds himself thrust into situations that he finds uncomfortable. It’s that everysituation that he finds himself in seems to be uncomfortable for him. Many might...

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Aspergers101 helps families cope with autism

It’s been more than a dozen years since Jennifer Allen first learned that her oldest son, Sam, had Asperger’s syndrome, now diagnosed as high-functioning autism. And still she remembers how fast her sadness turned to relief. At last she knew why Sam, who was 10 at the time, always isolated...

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Parents of Children with Autism Share Stories to Help Others

This article interviews several parents who have children with autism to help them share their stories in order to show other families that they aren’t alone, as well as to provide some advice and tips. These families provide resources that worked best for them, and they talked about how services...

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Boy with ASD Plans to Finish NYC Marathon

Wilfrin Fernandez-Cruz, a young boy with autism, typically spends every year at the finish line of the New York City marathon, waiting for his mom. This year, Wilfrin decided to join his mom to run one mile on Marathon Day! Wilfrin was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 years...

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How Three Women Dealt with Delayed Autism Diagnoses

Although the CDC estimates that only one girl is diagnosed with autism for every four boys, research is revealing the gender bias that delays autism diagnoses in women. In this article, three women discuss their delay in treatment, and the sexism they faced in receiving a treatment.  ...

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Daivergent: The Company that Connects Workers with ASD

Bryan Dai created a new company, Daivergent, because his younger brother has autism. Dai wanted to show that his younger brother, along with other adults with autism, are perfect candidates for complex tasks that require extraordinary attention to detail. Daivergent connects enterprise clients with individuals with ASD who can help...

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Siblings of Individuals with Autism

New research demonstrates how siblings of children with autism tend to struggle with anxiety, depression, and social difficulties. Evidence from 70 studios have shown the effects autism has on that individual’s sibling. To decrease anxiety, depression, and social difficulties, Spectrum strongly advocates for the siblings to engage in early behavioral...

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The All American Autism Friendly City

What would an autism-inclusive city look like? As someone on the spectrum with Asperger’s Syndrome, it would look like a place where I was understood and accepted, even though they knew I was different. It would be a place where people knew the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum...

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