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The Truth About Being on the Spectrum: It’s Not a Contest

The Truth About Being on the Spectrum: It’s Not a Contest

Labels are a necessary evil, I realize that. Even within the autism community, distinctions can be divisive. Ever since the term Asperger’s was swallowed up by the broader ASD umbrella in the latest version of the DSM, those distinctions have become more marked, and the effect on parents can be polarizing. As a mom to… Continue Reading

A Daddy’s Deepest Love

A Daddy’s Deepest Love

In today’s society, what is the criterion for a guy to be considered a real man? Muscles? Toughness? Success? Intelligence? Athletic ability? I’ve learned that it’s actually much more. In January of 1989, I was living the uniquely exciting life of a young, single, stand-up comedian. From my home base of San Francisco, I would… Continue Reading

How One Restaurateur Makes Eating Out Autism-Friendly

How One Restaurateur Makes Eating Out Autism-Friendly

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… Continue Reading