I’m standing in a room full of people who are cheering, laughing, and collectively enjoying an extremely noisy event. Suddenly, I feel very ill, and I know I am in danger. My attempts at getting the attention of the people around me fail, they are busy and it is too loud. In that moment it

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in Autism Advocacy by Rachel Andersen

Meet Stephanie Smith, a woman driven by her passion to create change in the autism community through education. Stephanie Smith is the recently appointed Deputy Headteacher at The Cavendish School, a state-maintained special free school for young people with autism in the UK—and the world’s first International Baccalaureate (IB) special autism school. Stephanie has been

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in Autism Advocacy by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

What do you picture in your mind when you hear the phrase “symbols for autism”? It might be the puzzle piece, the color blue, the infinity sign, or maybe the butterfly? This article will discuss some of these symbols, what they mean, and how autistic advocates feel about their usage.  When researching for this article,

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in Autism Advocacy by Donnesa McPherson, AAS

For years documentaries have been used as an educational resource to teach about autism spectrum disorders (ASD) but the number of titles have been limited. As the rate of autism diagnoses increases, more and more parents are looking to equip themselves with as much knowledge as possible. The thing is, there is now so much

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in Autism Advocacy by Erin Bergman, BA

Encouragement speaker Derrick Hayes gives an AUTISM Interview by asking six questions through each letter in the word AUTISM to offer readers an insightful perspective from parents, experts, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the field. John Hale was born in Dallas, TX. He is 52 years old and has a wife and three kids, all

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in Autism Advocacy by Derrick Hayes

Autism Parenting Magazine realizes just how busy parents with kids on the spectrum are, so we’ve gathered all the latest autism statistics compiled from CDC reports, the latest autism research, and our own exclusive data collected from surveys sent out to more than 160,000 of our email subscribers. Breaking down autism prevalence stats… From 4-5

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in Autism Advocacy, Autism Diagnosis, Autism News by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”. That saying never made anyone feel better. Yet, it is one of many things that parents, grandparents, teachers, and friends have said to those hurt by others’ words, in a desperate attempt to make the person see that everything was ok–even when

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in Autism Advocacy by Rachel Andersen

Autism charities are found world-wide. They can help with the support of children living with autism and their families, funding for autism professionals, caregivers, and their organizations, etc. Within this article there are charities listed that help and promote autism awareness. Also listed is how to contact them, get involved, and donate to them, as

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in Autism Advocacy by Donnesa McPherson, AAS

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. Lisa Steppan is a single mother of 16-year-old Sam, who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at the age

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in Autism Advocacy by Derrick Hayes

Meet John Vento, co-founder of Band Together Pittsburgh, who uses music to bring change into the lives of people on the spectrum. Music is one of many ways to unite people, regardless of culture, language, ethnic background, or intellectual ability. John Vento is a musician and business owner who brings programs to individuals on the

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in Autism Advocacy by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: Jessica Kingsley Formerly Managing Director and owner of Jessica Kingsley Publishers Jessica Kingsley Publishers is a publishing house committed to social change. The autism list is foremost amongst its extensive publishing program across the social and behavioral sciences and is pre-eminent in this field. Specializing particularly in books on Asperger’s syndrome (autism level one), the focus has

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in Autism Advocacy by Amy Tobik, BA

Isolation and engagement are two things on my heart and mind.  I was a teacher for 25 years in a school that had a program for Autistic children.  The children enrolled in the program at a very young age.  One of the program’s goals was to thoughtfully integrate the Autistic children into the school’s academic

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in Autism Advocacy by Nancy Silberkleit

Nadine and David Seback are the parents of an amazing 20-year-old young man on the autism spectrum named Noah. He is nonverbal but has learned along with his parents to point to letters on a letter board to communicate, so he now is a strong advocate for nonverbal individuals on the spectrum.   I met

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in Autism Advocacy by Rev. Stephanie C. Holmes, MA, BCCC