An Open Letter to Parents of Children with Autism – Anita Lesko

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Dear Parent(s) of an Autistic child- I am writing to you from my heart, and I truly hope you will listen closely.  I went the first fifty, yes, FIFTY years of my life NOT knowing I’m autistic!  Oh, I knew Read More

A Letter I Would Have Written for My Parents When I Was Still Nonverbal

Monday, August 1st, 2016

  This guest post is from Kerry Magro, a 28-year-old adult with autism who has become a national speaker and best-selling author. Magro is also on the Panel of People on the Spectrum of Autism for the Autism Society.   Read More

How To Prepare Your Home For Summertime Safety With A Child On The Autism Spectrum – Guest Writer Sean Morris

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Summer days are what most kids look forward to during the school year, but for parents, warmer months can come with a new set of challenges. For families that include children on the autism spectrum, it can be difficult to Read More

Urgent Scam Alert: Bogus Conference Hotel Offers

Friday, March 25th, 2016

It has come to our attention that a housing company named “Trade Show Housing” (877-577-1806), claiming to have a relationship with the Autism Society and the New Orleans Marriott, is offering hotel reservation services for the 2016 Autism Society National Read More

Children with Autism & Hypersensitivity – Communication Tips to Help

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Do you shriek when you hear fingernails scrape across a chalkboard? Do you feel icky wearing soggy clothes after you get caught in a rainstorm? If these types of situations make you feel uncomfortable, you’ve experienced a kind of hypersensitive Read More

Holiday Reflections

Friday, December 25th, 2015

Lee Passehl was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was diagnosed with autism at age three. In 2008, he moved to Southern California to study Japanese at Irvine Valley College in Irvine, California. In his spare time, Lee enjoys blogging for Read More

The Developmental Power of Tennis

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Let’s be honest, finding fun activities for children on the spectrum isn’t easy. Depending on the situation, most sports have limitations and finding outlets for these kids to have social interaction and improve their hand-eye coordination is a rarity. While Read More

My Life and My Little Girl on the Autism Spectrum

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Once upon a time, there was a woman who was at a crossroads in her life. She was sad and depressed. She knew she wasn’t herself; something was missing from her life. Then things changed. She got pregnant and had Read More

Getting Your Preschooler Ready for the New School Year

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

It’s August and that can only mean one thing – the start of a brand new school year. This can be a particular stressful period for those parents whose children are entering the academic world for the very first time. As Read More

Focus on Safety: Keeping Individuals on the Autism Spectrum Out of Harms Way

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Many individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are at-risk when it comes to safety. The list of worries is long, no matter the age of the persons impacted. Some families are too afraid to even think about these issues. Fear may keep Read More

My Songbird Revisited: Still Singing The Truth

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Back in June of 2011, I wrote a blog called “My Songbird Sings The Truth”, which was published by the Autism Society for a Father’s Day special. Mikey, my songbird, was six back then. Now, at 10, he’s a little Read More

Why I’m Running 100 Miles for Autism

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

By Eric Morgan My awesome nephew, Aram, has autism. Aram, 13, is a boy who loves nature and playing outside. He enjoys making patterns in the air with string and sticks, he takes amazing photographs and has a fun sense Read More

How I Learned to Accept My Autism Diagnosis

Monday, April 20th, 2015

By Lee Passehl Lee Passehl was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was diagnosed with autism at age three. In 2008, he moved to Southern California to study Japanese at Irvine Valley College. Lee enjoys racing Radio Control cars in his Read More

How Our Family Overcame Elopement Challenges

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

By Martha Gabler Martha Gabler lives outside of Washington, D.C. with her husband and two sons. Her youngest son was diagnosed with autism at the age of three.  My teenage son with autism loves to go out, whether it’s for Read More

What I Learned From My Children With Autism

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

The following guest post was submitted by Jill Schmidt. Jill and her husband are the parents of three adult children, ages 30, 28, and 22 (two boys and a daughter respectively).  She has two adult children with autism, her middle Read More

Buttons, ‘Bands & Blogs: 3 B’s for the 3 A’s of Autism (Awareness, Action & Acceptance)

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

When I was a young, rebellious lad in the ’80s, I used to wear pin buttons on my denim jacket. There was the obligatory “PEACE” sign, one that said “Carpe Diem,” and one with Opus from the “Bloom Country” comic strip, Read More

I Love My Brother with Autism

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

By Victoria Denise Lemon  Guest blogger Victoria Denise Lemon is the 2015 winner of the Autism Society of Baltimore Chesapeake‘s Express Yourself Essay Contest – Sibling of a Child with Autism category. The nine-year-old wrote her winning essay in honor of her brother who Read More

9 Essential Ingredients to Maintaining a Successful Relationship: The ASD Edition

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Lindsey Nebeker is a pianist/composer, disability rights advocate and speaker diagnosed with autism, currently working in the Washington D.C. area as a Development Specialist at the Autism Society. Since 2005, she has been active within the autism community by presenting at conferences and Read More

Autism & Love: A Second-Chance Letter to the Woman I Fell in Love With

Monday, December 29th, 2014

This guest post is by Kerry Magro, a best-selling author and autism advocate who is on the autism spectrum. Kerry has spoken at over 400 venues as a member of the National Speaker’s Association in the past four years. Today Read More

Miles’ Autism Journey

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

The following is a guest post from Miles Ndukwe, an 18-year-old from Raleigh, North Carolina with autism. He is currently a freshman at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. My parents are immigrants from Nigeria, and they initially intended for Read More

10 Things Every Teacher Should Know About Autism

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Guest blogger Ron Sandison works full-time in the medical field and is a professor of theology at Destiny School of Ministry. He is a task force member for the  Autism Society’s Faith Initiative. Sandison has a Master of Divinity from Oral Read More

Ian’s Story

Monday, October 13th, 2014

When we were new to autism, it was all very strange and frightening. What was going to happen now? Was my child going to have a ‘life’ worth living? Would they ever have friends? When would the meltdowns ever end? Read More

Vote for the Autism Society SXSW Proposal: “Apps for Autism”

Monday, March 10th, 2014

The Autism Society of Greater Austin has submitted a panel presentation proposal called “Apps for Autism” to two divisions of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival. Now all we have to do is make sure that our proposal is selected – which is where Read More

Valerie’s Story

Friday, March 7th, 2014

By Valerie Paradiz I found out about my autism through the birth of my son, which might sound unusual. He was born 19 years ago and was diagnosed shortly thereafter. With time, I began to feel that I too had Read More

Melissa’s Story

Friday, March 7th, 2014

By Melissa My nephew Jeremy was born with autism. He is the coolest little man that I have ever known. He is always content and is one of the smartest four-year-olds I know. He is becoming so smart that he Read More

A Daily Reality for Those Touched by Autism

Monday, April 8th, 2013

The month of April is upon us once again. The fourth month of the year is my son Mikey’s birthday and also National Autism Awareness Month. The former a happy, celebratory occasion; the latter a sobering reminder. After the pomp Read More

Autism Awareness – A Parent’s View

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

April is National Autism Awareness Month, which naturally begs the question: awareness of what? As a parent of a 19-year old son with autism, if you had asked me that question years ago, I would have  said things like: be Read More

Different Like You & Me

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Back when I was a young boy growing up in my hometown in New Jersey, I was different. The town where I lived predominantly consisted of people of English, Irish, and Scottish heritage whose children were all my classmates. But, Read More

“Merry Christmas, Daddy!” An Imagined Conversation with My Son

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Back when my wife and I were first married (and long before our son, Mikey, was born) we had a lot of friends and family with young children around Mikey’s age (7 years old). We’d get the biggest kick out Read More

It’s Okay…

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Streamers fell from the ceiling and a brass marching band played “Happy Days are Here Again” as the school bus pulled up for the first day of school a couple weeks ago. Well, no, not really, but to say I Read More

Pictures at an Exposition: Recounting the Autism Society 43rd Annual Conference

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

  August 15, 2012 This year, I was very fortunate to get my “big break” with The Autism Channel, a 24-hour, on-demand streaming service that will bring autism-spectrum content into the homes of families around the world. Traditionally, in my Read More

Stuck Windows, Stuck Minds

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Back when I was a kid, the driver’s-side power window on the family car stopped working correctly. My father had the inclination to try to fix it by himself. Well, for the longest time the inside door panel, along with Read More

Getting Up

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Night duty seems to be back. About 3 a.m. on many nights I hear my son Alex chortling and talking in his bedroom or in the living room, sometimes even singing. In my bed, I lift my heavy head and Read More

The Next Journey

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

I have raced remote control cars since I was 11. My life’s goal was winning the Tamiya North American Finals, a national championship race located in Aliso Viejo, CA. I had tried since 1998, but always came up short due Read More

Maven’s Story

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

By Dina After her son Maven placed second in the Little Miss & Mr. Mississippi Pageant, proud mom Dina was asked to say a few words. Here is what she said: Hi, I just want to share something with all Read More

PB&J: The Secret to Being a Great Autism Dad

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Yes, it’s true…the secret to being a great Autism Dad is PB&J. (Wait, why are you opening the cupboard? Put the peanut butter back. Yes, and the jelly.) No, no, you won’t be needing any bread for this. The PB&J Read More

One Day is Not Enough

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

For about two years, I was a stay-at-home dad. I cared for my son Mikey in all the traditional ways: I dressed him, fed him, took him to school and back, and played with him. But the one thing I Read More

Mother’s Day Hints for Men

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Why is it so hard for moms to take a break?  How can fathers help? First of all, struggling with taking a break from maternal responsibilities is normal. This is hard for the mothers of typical children-who presumably have a Read More

Mother and Sons Working Together to Change Lives

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Beth Gross is Vice President of the Autism Society of West Virginia and has been working with Autism Society members in her state to ensure families affected by autism have the insurance coverage they need. Beth’s family has been particularly active – Read More

How I learn

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Learning can sometimes be difficult for people on the spectrum. In this blog, I will explain to you how I learn and process information for the first time. When I learn a new subject or lesson in college, or anywhere Read More

Paolo’s Story

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

By Mary Ann Paolo was 8 months old when his doctor diagnosed him with autism. It was hard for me and my husband because where we used to live there was no help. We had to leave everything behind: our Read More

Nicola’s Story

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

By Autism Society I met my husband when he was 42 years old. I was finishing graduate school. He was the smartest, wittiest, most handsome and amazing man that had ever crossed my path. Sure, he was also painfully shy, Read More

Marley’s Story

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

By Mimi, Paperworks Studio Marley is a young man who is full of an insatiable zest for all that is beautiful and possible.  He is a creative soul who loves music, art, decorating, cooking, traveling and talking with people.  Most Read More

Melissa’s Story

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

By Melissa I’m 19 years old and I have autism.  Throughout school, I was constantly bullied because I was “different.”  I’m not sure if it was because of my weight, or because of my autism, or maybe a bit of Read More

Nick’s Story

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

By Nick My name is Nick, and I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when I was 13. When I was told about it, I thought it was the end of the world. I acted out way too much in school. Read More

Rhayven’s Story

Friday, September 16th, 2011

By Rhayven My name is Rhayven. I’m 20, and autistic. Granted, just speaking with me over the Internet, it wouldn’t really be given away. It’s not a closely guarded secret or anything. Why should it be? It’s just that I Read More

Marlene’s Story

Monday, September 5th, 2011

By Marlene I have a daughter, age 17, with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), and she is a joy to our lives every day. She has overcome many milestones and is still working really hard to be like her peers. She Read More

Spencer’s Story

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

By Spencer’s Mom I am a mom of a four year old boy with autism named Spencer!  He loves Toy Story and time with his friends at the Montessori Autism Program he attends in our hometown of Folsom, CA. Spencer Read More

Zidlow and Eli’s Story

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

By Zidlow I had just asked my son Elijah, who is fifteen, to shut down his computer and the TV and go to sleep. The cartoons he was watching had a bunch of different voices and sound-effects that were driving Read More

Michael’s Story

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

By Margaret My son, Michael, was born 4 weeks premature – nearly 17 years ago. At the age of 18 months, he was diagnosed with PDD-NOS because he hadn’t started to walk or talk yet. At that time, we were Read More

Paul’s Story

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

By Paul I was diagnosed with autism at age 7, even though in the not-too-distant past, my doctor diagnosed me with Asperger’s Syndrome. When I was 7, there was no such term as “Asperger’s Syndrome.”  One was either autistic or Read More

Sherri’s Story

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

By Sherri I am the mother of three beautiful children. My twin daughters came into my life through adoption. My son came into my life through birth. My children are precious and have brought me more joy than I could Read More