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 KD Tobik

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

Autism Warrior: Siena Castellon Creator of www.QLMentoring.com, a fun and engaging website designed by a teen to provide mentoring, support, resources and information specifically tailored for autistic youth and children with learning differences. Siena is autistic, dyslexic, and dyspraxic. She also has ADHD. When Siena was 13 years old, she searched online for information about

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in Autism Advocacy by Amy KD Tobik

What better time to initiate a conversation about encounters with the criminal justice system than during autism awareness month? As parents, we are all-too-familiar with the child who is bullied or victimized. But parents are surprised to learn that their child is at an increased risk of being detained in the back of a police

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in Autism Advocacy by Carol Weinman, Esq., CAS

Many parents have found in enormous benefit in Autism Support Groups for families. These have given much needed encouragement, comfort, and advice. In this article we discuss the benefits of joining one as well as helping you find one in your area. Benefits of autism support groups People on the spectrum and their families benefit

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in Autism Advocacy by Kim Barloso, AB

The other day, I was reading a People Magazine article about actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her battle with breast cancer. Fortunately, she’s in recovery and getting back to her normal life. But what struck me most about her article were these comments: “I can’t say it’s a club I ever really wanted to be a

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in Autism Advocacy by Deanna Picon

Angeline Francis Khoo is the founder of Rosie On Fire, a fashion company dedicated to hiring people with autism into roles that play to their strengths. She said was inspired to provide these opportunities after seeing her siblings, who are on the autism spectrum, overlooked in the job market. “We do this by focusing on creating

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in Autism Advocacy by Amy KD Tobik

Over the past few decades, Dr. Temple Grandin has become a respected speaker, author, and prominent advocate for autistic populations. Diagnosed with autism at the age of two and nonverbal until she was four years old, Grandin’s childhood was enriched by one-on-one speech therapy and the extra assistance of a caregiver. With a degree in

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in Autism Advocacy by Amy KD Tobik

Encouragement speaker Derrick Hayes gives an AUTISM interview by asking six questions through each letter in the word AUTISM to give readers insightful perspectives from parents, experts, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the field. Today’s AUTISM Interview is with Belinda Lerner who is the Executive Director for the NFL Player Care Foundation and Vice President of NFL Alumni Affairs

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in Autism Advocacy by Derrick Hayes

Richie Smith is a managing director of Awesometistic, a unique autism training business. Diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at 33 years old, Richie’s goal is to generate autism understanding and acceptance wherever he goes. Can you share with me what life was like growing up without an official autism diagnosis? Growing up without a diagnosis

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in Autism Advocacy by Amy KD Tobik

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives an AUTISM interview by asking six questions through each letter in the word AUTISM to give readers insightful perspectives from parents, experts, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the field. Today’s AUTISM Interview is with Luke Vincent who runs a YouTube channel called Vincentville where the family shares their autism story. They do their best

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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 in order to give readers an insightful perspective from parents, experts, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the field. Today’s AUTISM Interview is with Luis Bayardo who is a father of four: two girls and two boys

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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 Jennifer Thomas-Goering who is a full-time anesthesiologist, entrepreneur and autism advocate. She is married to Patrick with two small,

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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 Amy Kelly who is a mother to Danny, Annie and Ryan.  Annie is diagnosed with

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in Autism Advocacy by Derrick Hayes

Knowing and understanding your procedural safeguards (parental rights) is very important when seeking the appropriate special education services for your child. Since the majority of students with disabilities receive special education services in the general education setting, being aware of laws and regulations with inclusion will point you in the right direction. Federal law does

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in Autism Advocacy by Nicole Bovell, MSE

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives an AUTISM interview by asking six questions through each letter in the word “autism” to give readers insightful perspectives from parents, experts, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the field. “It is the strength that I see in my son every day that has kept me going.” Today’s AUTISM Interview is

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in Autism Advocacy by Derrick Hayes

When we think about autism awareness, we think about educating the community leaders; the teachers, caregivers, police officers, neighbors, family and friends.  It’s so important to make sure as many people as possible are educated in autism and the challenges and beauty autism offers because awareness is key to acceptance and respect. The more people

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in Autism Advocacy by Natasha Barber

Autism Warrior: Dr. Frank Gaskill Dr. Gaskill is cofounder of Southeast Psych, one of the biggest psychology practices in the United States. The practice employs more than 50 clinicians who are always ready to provide the services needed by their patients. Dr. Gaskill specializes in the treatment of autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Accomplishments: Dr. Gaskill

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in Autism Advocacy by Amy KD Tobik

Autism Parenting Magazine recently announced a partnership with the American Autism Association. The American Autism Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting families with autistic children, and increasing awareness of the varied difficulties individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face. Their mission is to help families through their journey as they raise a child with

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in Autism Advocacy by Amy KD Tobik

There are two major milestones that autism-focused business Reaps the Sweetest Reward of All a parent of a differently-abled child fears the most.  One of those worries revolves around the concern of what will happen to their child when they are no longer around. Many of us who are brave enough to actually voice that

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in Autism Advocacy by Valerie Herskowitz, SLP

Recently, many parents have contacted me via my charity website or via social media sharing they are struggling to find and access out-of-school clubs or groups (such as performing arts, sport, etc.), and sadly, they have been turned away due to their child’s autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis. I wanted to see how widespread across

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in Autism Advocacy by Anna Kennedy

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 Gena Mann, who is an autism mom and cofounder of a website called Wolf+ Friends,

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in Autism Advocacy by Derrick Hayes

A new year is upon us, and it’s time to celebrate! While we are excited about the future here at the magazine, we’re also delighted to look back at the past year and say thank you to our loyal readers and advertisers who have supported our community. We are proud of the strong and compassionate

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in Autism Advocacy by Amy KD Tobik

Autism Warrior: Laura Kasbar Creator of the Gemiini System, a groundbreaking new web-based program that helps people of all ages with autism, Down syndrome, stroke, and others with disabilities learn language and reading. Accomplishments: The Gemiini video production team recently expanded from the two-person startup that Laura founded alongside her eldest son, to an impressive enterprise of dozens

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in Autism Advocacy by Amy KD Tobik

April is Autism Awareness Month and there are always a variety of different events happening to raise awareness.  We have “Light it up Blue” on April 2nd where businesses light up blue for awareness.  We have a multitude of walks, runs, and sporting events that are all being held to raise awareness.  All of these

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in Autism Advocacy by Lisa Timms, MS

Autism awareness month In April 1970, the Autism Society celebrated the first Autism Awareness Month. During this month, the American public is encouraged to further educate themselves on autism, how to recognize the early warning signs, and support research efforts. Events are held nationwide and range from celebrations of the diversity of people with autism

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in Autism Advocacy by Katherine G. Hobbs, AA

She cannot get her face any closer to the paper. Her eyes move furtively. Using the rivets on the pads of her fingers, she navigates through the results of the graph. Comparing her three-year-old little girl to other little girls her age feels more like a critique as she studies her daughter’s assessment. As a mother, she should be excited about her daughter’s progress; but her eyes continually dart towards the areas of

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in Autism Advocacy by Maria Rohan, RN, BSN

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 Anna Bullard who started her journey of advocacy for autism in 2007 when her middle

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in Autism Advocacy by Derrick Hayes

An Exclusive Chat About Autism with a Cast Member of The Good Doctor Tamlyn Tomita plays Allegra Aoki on ABC’s new hit show The Good Doctor, which premiered last month to 17 million people. The series follows Dr. Shaun Murphy, a surgical resident with savant syndrome and an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and his journey

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in Autism Advocacy by Katherine G. Hobbs, AA

A headteacher giving a high-five to a little girl with autism and hunching down to chat to her at length—that’s inclusion.  A teenage boy who feels confident to share some information with his classmates about his autism diagnosis—that’s inclusion.  An autistic girl who is given a central role in a class assembly, even though she

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in Autism Advocacy by Claire Droney, MEd

Autism Warrior: Ernie Els, South African professional golfer, founder of the Els for Autism Foundation, along with Liezl Els and Marvin R. Shanken Location: Jupiter, Florida Accomplishments: Ernie Els has 70 professional career victories to his name, including four Major Championships, two World Golf Championships, and a record seven World Matchplay titles. Off the golf course,

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in Autism Advocacy by Amy KD Tobik

Restaurant owner Andrew Iredale could hardly be described as a zealous revolutionary. He certainly doesn’t look like one. But he has introduced a radical shake-up in the way that his eatery welcomes autism-affected families—one in which campaigners hope other restaurateurs will now follow suit. As the father of Josh, an eight-year-old boy with autism, Andrew

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in Autism Advocacy by Fred Bromwich

An Interview with Dr. Tony Attwood, PhD, AS/ASD expert As the mother of a Spectrum Teen, I am becoming concerned about prejudice against persons with Autism Spectrum/Autism Spectrum Disorder (AS/ASD) because of three shootings that occurred in the U.S. where the shooters were identified as having AS. As a mother, I want to protect and

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

A civil rights lawyer and autism mom talks about the importance of advocacy, work-life balance and the potentially groundbreaking lawsuit in which she’s representing the parents of an autistic child. Nationally recognized autism advocate and civil rights attorney Areva Martin is also mom to Marty, who has autism. Here, she gives advice on how to

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in Autism Advocacy by Areva Martin

In two short years, Tikko has captured the hearts of thousands of people.  What began as my child’s dream to make the world a better place for families living with autism, is now a passion that continues to grow every time Tikko travels. We know all too well the challenges in raising a child on

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in Autism Advocacy by Christine Frances Poe

Every time the professional fighters meet their opponents in the ring and the octagon, they must focus on their personal strengths – from physical and mental toughness to psychological and emotional drive. It’s all about being a warrior. Christian Mitchell, founder and president of Fighting for Autism, feels much the same way. An autism awareness

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in Autism Advocacy by Amy KD Tobik

Leslie Burby: Hi, I am Leslie Burby, Editor in Chief of Autism Parenting Magazine, and I am here with Bushy Van Eck.Thank you so much for joining me today. Bushy Van Eck: Thanks Leslie, thank you for inviting me, I treat it as a great honor to be on your show. LB: Thank you very

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in Autism Advocacy by Leslie Burby

Kyle was once thought to be totally nonverbal as a symptom of his Autism. Here is the story of how he discovered his singing voice in this interview with Caroline Coleman and her son Kyle.  Kyle is a Leslie: This question is for Kyle. Kyle, do you like singing? Kyle Coleman: Just Listen. Caroline Coleman: Yeah

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in Autism Advocacy by Leslie Burby