How one organization can help so many in NY

Event Recap by Leslie Burby On Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 I had the pleasure of going to Columbia University in New York to see the VSA NYC Murals & Calendar Project.  David Marquis, Executive Director of Marquis Studios & VSA-NYC, was kind enough to guide me through how this project was executed and explain the organizations involved. […]

Continue reading

A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Schools

A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Schools continues to be a gold standard autism resource for parents and practitioners. Written by Lee A. Wilkinson, PhD, a practicing school psychologist, this authoritative, yet accessible award-winning text provides step-by-step guidance for screening, assessing, and educating children at-risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Grounded […]

Continue reading

Anti-Bullying Campaign

Anti-Bullying Campaign by Leslie Burby In April, Kevin Healey, a 38 year-old autistic man started a campaign to get stricter laws in England to help eradicate autism focused bullying. Kevin is no stranger to advocating for autism related issues/rights. According to his site (http://www.kevinhealey.net/?page_id=2), “Kevin Healey has been campaigning for autism rights for the last […]

Continue reading

What other organizations and schools are there to support?

Question and Answer Section by Leslie Burby   Someone asked me, “If the Autism Speaks Organization isn’t something you support then what organizations or schools do you support?” My answer is this: Schools and organizations that: treat autistics with the same equality and respect that they would any other person may see people on the […]

Continue reading

How did I know my daughter was autistic?

My Daughter Has Autism

To be completely honest, I thought I was well educated on special education. I mean after all, I have worked with several different students with a wide range of learning disabilities, physical disabilities, etc. However, reality didn’t set in until I had my own child. Let’s face it – there is a huge difference between […]

Continue reading

Autistic Teen Designer Hannah Leigh

Autistic Teen Designer Hannah Leigh by Amy Greenberg Hannah Leigh is a teenage girl with Autism that loves fashion. For many years Hannah would go to the New Jersey shore and be in awe of the heat transfer machines used to create t-shirts. Using her creative talents she partnered with Spectrum Designs a business in […]

Continue reading

ASD Options for Living Independently

ASD Options for Living Independently by Megan Kelly Today there are more options than ever before for adults and young adults living independently with autism. Programs and centers have opened in many different places across the United States, giving many people access to their benefits, assistance, and services. The programs focus on helping adults of […]

Continue reading

How to get an official diagnosis

Why get an official diagnosis by Leslie Burby There are many benefits to getting an official diagnosis, which many people don’t realize. With adults, an official diagnosis is essential if you intend to claim benefits. Supplemental social security income or disability insurance both require an official diagnosis. Here are some tips for people in the UK on […]

Continue reading

Issue 14 – Exposing Autism Speaks

  Editor’s Letter   Dear readers, I helped start this magazine because when my children were diagnosed, I was scared and overwhelmed but as time went on I learned that I didn’t have to be.  There are a ton of resources and help out there and I wanted to help parents sort through all the […]

Continue reading