A look at the prevalence of autism in South Africa and the challenges affecting families in need of therapies and support. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects individuals regardless of culture, ethnicity, or economic status. Unfortunately, most of the research studies on the prevalence of autism, diagnostic traits of autism, and its impact on life and

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in Autism Advocacy by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

This article sheds light on the reality of life for many individuals on the spectrum in Nigeria and other African countries.  Efforts to bring autism into the open are only just beginning in many parts of Africa. Such efforts are mainly championed by different organizations across the continent working to demystify and deepen understanding of

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in Autism Advocacy, General by Sola Folarin Ogunde BA (Hons), PGCE, MA

Read on for suggestions about which therapies to use for your child  and how much therapy is sufficient. I’ve been working with parents and families for nearly two decades. I have not, in all these years, met a mom or dad that said: “Parenting is a piece of cake!”  It is the most important, yet

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in Autism Advocacy, General by Karla Pretorius, M. Psych and Nanette Botha, BEd

A traveler shares her perspectives on how autism is understood by people across the globe.  Due to the nature of my work, I have been fortunate to visit over 70 countries. I have also lived in four different countries on three continents.  You can read about a destination, however, an actual visit is the only

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in Autism Advocacy, General by Gemma Winchester

As an autistic person growing up, I quickly learned that discrimination was going to be a part of life that I would have to find ways to cope with. Upon leaving education I was fired from a range of jobs for being “too slow” and lacking social interaction. A survey conducted by the Office for

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in Autism Advocacy by Lucinda Herbert, BA (Hons)

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives an AUTISM Interview by asking six questions through each letter in the word AUTISM to give readers an insightful perspective from parents, experts, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the field. Diana Romeo is a proud stay-at-home mother of two children and a newly published author. For 19 years she has

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in Autism Advocacy by Derrick Hayes

Meet Helen Boden, the CEO of I AM—Celebrating Autism in Greater Manchester, UK. A love for people and change has been a motivator for Helen Boden, and now, at the height of her career, she is the newly appointed CEO of I AM—Celebrating Autism in Greater Manchester, UK. The charity organization focuses on supporting autistic

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in Autism Advocacy by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

Most people strive to be respectful when discussing someone with different abilities. This often leads to questions about what language is appropriate—for example, is it better to say “autistic person” or “person with autism”?  Another term you may have heard and have questions about is “autist”. Where does this word come from, who uses it,

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in Autism Advocacy by Claire Delano, BA

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives an AUTISM Interview by asking six questions through each letter in the word AUTISM to give readers an insightful perspective from parents, experts, entrepreneurs and other leaders in the field. Chinh Nguyen is the mother of a son with autism and serves on the Board of Directors for Regional Center

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in Autism Advocacy by Derrick Hayes

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives an AUTISM Interview by asking six questions through each letter in the word AUTISM to give readers an insightful perspective from parents, experts, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the field. Who is Marcelle Ciampi? Marcelle Ciampi, MEd (pen name Samantha Craft), is an autistic author and worldwide advocate; she is

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in Autism Advocacy by Derrick Hayes

An autism advocate shares the importance of parents immersing themselves in autistic culture. “Dear Parents, get behind autistic culture!” J.C., Human Rights Advocate. “The world of autistic culture is a steep learning curve, but very worth it. Especially if it empowers your child to advocate for themselves.” David Gray-Hammond, Facebook group host at Emergent Divergence.

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in Autism Advocacy by Marcelle Ciampi, MEd

Special needs adoption is needed, but the need to discuss it openly and honestly may be even more important. In fact some special needs adoptees (on international adoption forums) implore the public to look at this topic without white savior colored glasses… Special attention The Stauffers, an American family seemingly made for YouTube fame, became

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in Autism Advocacy by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

If you have a connection to the autism community—or even if you don’t—you may have heard that April is Autism Awareness Month, also referred to as World Autism Month. There is no formal designation for this month, but the celebration evolved from the Autism Society of America’s first National Autistic Children’s Week in 1972 and

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in Autism Advocacy by Claire Delano, BA

Empathy asks us to put ourselves in the shoes of someone else. In the autistic child’s shoes, what would it feel like to type the word “autism” into a search engine and see how you are defined in terms of decificts, impairments, and challenges…? The first words that popped up on my screen when I

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in Autism Advocacy by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

When speaking about your child’s autism diagnosis, do you say “my autistic child” (identity-first) or do you speak about your “child with autism” (person-first)? This is more than a mere language debate, it speaks to the heart of self-identification and, unfortunately, stigma too… As a journalist specializing in autism, choosing the right language is important

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in Autism Advocacy by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

Reading through online autism forums will erase any doubt about stigmatization of those on the spectrum. Some autistic individuals say you just need to look at vaccination debates to get an idea of how many neurotypical people feel about autism. The fact that some people are more willing to risk the chance of their child

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in Autism Advocacy by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives an AUTISM interview by asking six questions through each letter in the word AUTISM to give readers an insightful perspective from parents, experts, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the field. Ava Hart was born into a family of singers and performers and has been singing since the age of 12.

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in Autism Advocacy by Derrick Hayes

In an episode of Modern Family (S9, Episode 2) Mitch rebukes his daughter Lily after a snarky comment by telling her: “Ok, if you’re going to be mean, be funny.” The controversy concerning the “autistic screeching” meme brings up some uncomfortable questions about this idea of humor and hurt and where the two meet. Looking

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in Autism Advocacy by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

There are many famous people with autism as, although autism can create challenges with everyday life, it can also be seen as a gift which enables people to share talents with the world around them. There are many notable figures in today’s society who have received an autism diagnosis. Plus, with autism being a fairly

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in Autism Advocacy by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

An autism sibling shines a light on autistic achievers in celebration of Autism Awareness Month. As April is Autism Awareness Month, I wanted to share the stories of some incredible achievers on the spectrum. Unfortunately, the word “autism” has some negative stigmas attached to it. I wanted to break some of those stigmas. I have

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in Autism Advocacy by Gemma Winchester

An autism mom shares her reasons for why Autism Awareness Month is a time for everyone to get involved and show support. There are 365 days in a year, and as someone with a deep relationship with autism, there is something I’m very grateful for: there is one month of the year dedicated to those

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in Autism Advocacy by Kristina Walsh, BHR

April is Autism Awareness Month. Here are some ideas for how you can celebrate as a parent of a child with autism. Here are 10 easy, inexpensive suggestions for celebrating Autism Awareness Month that your child may be able to participate in. 1. Celebrate your teachers and therapists During the month of April, you and

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in Autism Advocacy by Ron Malcolm, EdD

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives an AUTISM Interview by asking six questions through each letter in the word AUTISM to give readers an insightful perspective from parents, experts, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the field. Sandra Gudat-Benke is the CEO of Customer Communications Group and mom to her autistic son, Alec. She has worked for

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in Autism Advocacy by Derrick Hayes

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives an AUTISM Interview by asking six questions through each letter in the word AUTISM to give readers an insightful perspective from parents, experts, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the field. Sabrina Thomas is a mother, author, speaker, and parent advocate for autism and special needs families. Her mission is to

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in Autism Advocacy by Derrick Hayes

Xavier DeGroat from Michigan, US, has made history as the first person with autism to take part in an internship with the White House. During his internship, Xavier had the chance to check out Marine One, have lunch with many staff members including his friend Andrew Giuliani (son of former New York City Mayor Rudy

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in Autism Advocacy by Emily Ansell Elfer, BA Hons, Dip

Derrick Hayes gives an AUTISM Interview by asking six questions through each letter in the word AUTISM to give readers an insightful perspective from parents, experts, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the field. Areva Martin is an award-winning attorney, best-selling author, legal commentator, talk show host, and television producer who has positioned herself as a

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in Autism Advocacy by Derrick Hayes

Is autism a disability? If it’s not a disability, what is autism? Is it a disorder? Or is it simply a different way of responding to people and the world around us? These are questions many parents ask, as well as people on the spectrum themselves. Unfortunately, the answers are far from straightforward.  According to

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in Autism Advocacy by Sharon Longo, BA

Autism Warrior: Claire Cookson Chief Executive Officer of DFN Project SEARCH, a total immersion transition-to-work program for students with learning disabilities and autism spectrum conditions looking to achieve competitive employment. In April 2020, Claire Cookson was appointed the new CEO of DFN Project SEARCH, a supported internship program designed to enable the inclusion and empowerment

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in Autism Advocacy by Margo Marie McManus

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives an AUTISM Interview by asking six questions through each letter in the word AUTISM to give readers an insightful perspective from parents, experts, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the field. Today’s AUTISM Interview is with Lola Dada-Olley, who is a mother of two children on the autism spectrum and also

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in Autism Advocacy by Derrick Hayes

Autism Warrior: Sheletta Brundidge Mother, author, broadcaster, and podcaster, Sheletta Brunbridge does it all. She has four children; the youngest three have autism spectrum disorder. She is a radio talk show host, a public television commentator, and the creator of SHElettamakesmelaugh.com, a platform that produces and distributes podcasts by and for people of color. Three

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in Autism Advocacy by Claire Delano, BA

In the autism community, the prevailing idea is that boys significantly outnumber girls on the autism spectrum. Common estimates suggest that the boy: girl ratio is 4:1. Recent studies have found that, in fact, there are more girls on the spectrum than previously recognized, with current estimates of the boy:girl ratio ranging from 3:1 to

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in Autism Advocacy by Marcia Eckerd, PhD

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives an AUTISM Interview by asking six questions through each letter in the word AUTISM to give readers an insightful perspective from parents, experts, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the field. Today’s AUTISM Interview is Matt and Navah Asner, who both had children with autism before marrying and becoming the Brady

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in Autism Advocacy by Derrick Hayes

Autism Warrior: Russell Lehmann Award-winning motivational speaker, poet, author, and advocate, who continues to overcome his personal struggles with autism to travel the world and share his knowledge, compassion, and hope. In 2003, eleven-year-old Russell was admitted to the psychiatric ward at his local city hospital and stayed for five weeks. Later that fall, he

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in Autism Advocacy by Margo Marie McManus

There are many social groups in our society going on most days of the week, all organized around topics of interest or values that people share. One particular group that meets in Newport Beach, California is a remarkable one. It may be one of only a couple of its type in the United States and

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in Autism Advocacy by Emma Cladis

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives an AUTISM Interview by asking six questions through each letter in the word AUTISM to give readers an insightful perspective from parents, experts, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the field. Today’s AUTISM Interview is with Chad R. MacDonald, who is a writer, speaker and autism advocate in New York who

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in Autism Advocacy by Derrick Hayes

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives an AUTISM Interview by asking six questions through each letter in the word AUTISM to give readers an insightful perspective from parents, experts, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the field. Today’s AUTISM Interview is with Nicole Sugrue. She is the co-founder of two nonprofits in Port Washington, New York that

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in Autism Advocacy by Derrick Hayes

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives an AUTISM Interview by asking six questions through each letter in the word AUTISM to give readers an insightful perspective from parents, experts, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the field. Today’s AUTISM Interview is with Rayni Anderson Brindley, Senior Vice President of Organizational Development with Devereux, who is responsible for

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in Autism Advocacy by Derrick Hayes

Our son, Himal, was only two years old when he was diagnosed with profound, non-verbal autism. Fifteen years later, despite all the unknowns and challenges ahead, we have never felt more hopeful about his future. As the parent of a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), do you feel genuinely optimistic about your child’s future?

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in Autism Advocacy by Harish Bikmal, MBA

Autism Warrior: Gemma Bryan Founder of Autism Aware Bears, a program that raises autism awareness through special stuffed bears found by or sent to families and kids, who are encouraged to share pictures of their adventures together on the AutismAwareBears Facebook page. Gemma is based in North Lincolnshire in the UK, where she lives with

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in Autism Advocacy by Margo Marie McManus

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives an AUTISM Interview by asking six questions through each letter in the word AUTISM to give readers an insightful perspective from parents, experts, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the field. Today’s AUTISM Interview is with Kiedra Hinkle-Tyson, who is a single mother of a nine-year-old child with autism named Brandon.

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in Autism Advocacy by Derrick Hayes