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"Dr. Tamar Heller's program is both family- and person-centered, meaning both the needs of the autistic person and their family members are taken into consideration."
Join @NBCDFW this Saturday, September 17, at the @autismspeaks Walk at the @TCU Campus! Learn more: #autism
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"I felt very emotional and sad leaving my transition program. I wanted to keep in touch with my high school and my program friends. I miss seeing my friends every day and wanted them to remember me."
"A well-planned transition from pediatric to adult healthcare is known to lead to better medical care and an improved quality of life for autistic individuals."
Join advocates from across the country in a mission to build relationships with members of Congress and support policy solutions for the autism community. Apply to be an @autismspeaks Volunteer Advocacy Ambassador at…
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It was great to join @autismspeaks & @CBWCHC for a roundtable in Flushing. We discussed the importance of caregiver skills training to help reduce stress and improve overall wellbeing in children with #autism & other developmental disabilities. 1/2
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"That day was different. For the first time ever, I heard him. I heard and felt the conviction in his words and voice. My son, after 5 years told me he loves me, and my world stopped. Everything I thought I knew ceased to exist."
Yesterday - Keith Wargo, Autism Speaks CEO joined @RepGraceMeng & local community partners at @CBWCHC for a discussion about the importance of caregiver skills training programs. Read more:…
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Meet Cassie: “She feels at a level I can’t even begin to imagine. She loves with every fiber of her being.”
Parents and caregivers of children with autism have a new tool in their tool box: a video training series to help them support their child’s development at home.
Autism Speaks is now accepting Cryptocurrency donations! Donating Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies is one of the most tax-efficient ways to support our work. The best part, your gift will make a lasting, meaningful impact for the autism community.
"My son has made me a better person. I’m so fortunate and proud that he calls me 'Daddy'. I don’t know where this journey will take us in the future, but I love that he’s the one leading the way!"
"This is my autistic son. Crushing stereotypes, destroying fallacies, proving 'experts' wrong and showing every single person on that stage and in that audience the real meaning behind, 'different, not less'."
Meet Michael: “I believe we need biological understanding and tailored treatment options to supplement our social and community support for people with autism, both as they are diagnosed and as they enter adulthood.”
#Autism varies from person to person. I didn’t talk till I was 3.5 yrs old. When I started to talk, I could read my books word for word. I have no idea why. It just goes to show that your child who is speech delayed could be learning in a very different way. #AutismAwareness
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Hosts, Andrew Komarow (@PlanningAcross) and Eileen Lamb (@theautismcafe), speak with Nell Russ. Nell is an autistic stand-up comedian, and a self-professed history nerd.…
Meet Scarlett: "She is breaking a stigma. She is changing people’s thoughts and minds and does it all by just being herself. I’m just so proud!"
"Now, going into middle school where he will combine with new kids from three other schools, I worry he will be misunderstood by his peers. The things that still interest him don’t necessarily interest other kids his age anymore."
Our Autism Response Team (ART) is an information line for the autism community. Our team members are specially trained to provide personalized information and resources to autistic people and their families.
Meet Chase: Chase was diagnosed when he was 3 ½ years old, but his mom, Helen, recalls having a suspicion that her son was different even before his diagnosis.
Have you been shopping online more during the pandemic? Did you know, while you shop like you normally do, Amazon will give to Autism Speaks on your behalf? Just shop using our link:
"He still struggles with expressing himself with words, but Azeem’s big personality will never cease to shine."
"Don’t let the autism diagnosis intimidate you. Do give yourself some time. Do some reading. Ask some questions. Do not jump to conclusions. Do not let all the doctors, therapists, educators, or the price tag that comes with autism intimidate you."
"You may not know it, but simply by being there for them you are making a huge difference. I know this because when I was growing up with autism my mom helped me through some of the hardest moments in my life."
"She was a 4th grade teacher. As soon as she heard that I worked with people with autism, a barrage of questions and comments followed. You see, she was teaching a child with autism in one of her classes."
"And then there are the sensory issues! People have to remember that children with autism often have sensory issues, and eating involves all five senses (touch, sight, taste, smell and sound)."
"If there is one thing my son Isaac has taught me in the last 8 years it is this: Communication is much more than words."
"My youngest is taking an interest in his brother again, and I know I will build on this moment, stretch it as far as it will go, hope for their bond to be strengthened and unbreakable as the years and decades pass."
"And I waited and waited and still waited some more. My precious baby boy was two, and I was waiting less patiently and more desperately to be called that even once. I wanted it to happen so I could take it for granted."
"Parenting a child with autism is challenging at times, but also very rewarding. We have had a lot of interesting experiences over the years and gotten to know a lot of others who are also a part of the autism community."
"The small things we take for granted every day are the hardest things for him to cope with. Different lights, sounds, smells or even the look of something can cause an overload that is too hard for an adult to deal with, let alone my little boy."
"To this day, we still very rarely do the park because he darts off and with two other children in my care it just isn't safe. We don't usually eat family meals together because he dislikes the smells and has a constant need for movement."
"'That’s my big brother Justin' he says. He continues with 'He has autism. His brain isn’t broken, it’s just different.'”
"But something changed that first week she started school. And one day her classroom assistant told me that my special, fragile, silent girl had actually changed that whole class of new starts without even saying a word."
"He doesn’t use his words, but he tells me he loves me, a hundred times a day, in a hundred different ways. He tells me with his eyes, when he wakes up and I’m the first person he sees."
"I had so many wishes back then, when I felt something was 'wrong' with my son, but, had yet to see all that was 'right'. In fact, there were times that I probably spent more time wishing than I did doing."
"He is brilliant. He is priceless. His brain works in ways that mine never will. But he does not fit society’s “norm” and these amazing skills often go unappreciated."
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Massachusetts students with autism and significant intellectual disabilities will gain access to unprecedented postsecondary education at state colleges and universities under a law signed by Governor Charlie Baker, lauded by disability rights advocates.…
"Everybody is unique. Some people might have a special talent or excel in a certain area, while others have challenges. My 17-year-old brother, Sam, has autism."
"From the outside, my house may look similar to many of your homes. However, if you take a closer look, the inside of my house probably looks very different than yours – and I don’t just mean the décor!"
"I came up with 12 things that I would tell my son’s teachers in grade school if I could go back in time."
"I just wanted to sit beside you, green-sleeved lattes in hand, and talk. I know talking to me is no substitute for the conversation you long to have; I know you've gone years upon years waiting for a voice."
"I know you care for our children as if they were your own. I know you celebrate every single little success they have, because you know just how hard and long they had to work to achieve it."
In this new podcast episode, you'll hear from best-selling author, Jennifer Cook. She also recently appeared as an autism expert on Netflix's "Love on the Spectrum U.S." Did you watch? Hosts: @theautismcafe @PlanningAcross…
Here are 10 projects that incorporate new textures, colors, smells and sounds that will give your children a great new sensory experience and help improve motor skills!
"We have been through the diagnosis. We have been through the IEPs and evaluations. We have navigated education systems in three different states. I am beginning to feel like a veteran autism mom."
"My 13-year-old son Tate has autism. He also has 3 brothers and 3 sisters and an iPad with a texting app. Tate loves to text."
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