April 21, 2011
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 told that he probably would never walk or talk. My husband and I were devastated. He began therapy within a month, at the local “Project Child” center.
Just prior to Mother’s Day 1996 (about 7 weeks before his second birthday), Michael got up and started walking/running across a neighbor’s bumpy back yard – to my amazement!! Shortly thereafter, I had won a computer at a contest held at a shopping center. While my husband was hooking it up, Michael pointed to it and said “computer” (that was his first word, and he hasn’t shut up since).
He attended Mercer County Special Services Schools from kindergarten through 5th grade. At the beginning of 6th grade, he was mainstreamed in the local middle school, because the Special Services Schools could no longer keep him academically challenged. Throughout his middle school years, he maintained "honor roll" standing, in all the regular middle school subjects, just smaller classes. Today, he is a junior in high school, and has a keen interest in anything sports related, girls related (albeit, he’s a bit awkward with his ability to approach them), and computer related. He does have some difficulties with motor skills and dealing with abstract concepts, like algebra.
April 10, 2013
The Autism Society, the nation’s largest and oldest grassroots autism organization, has chosen Pittsburgh as the host city of its 44th annual conference on autism spectrum disorders.
April 5, 2013
Individuals with autism can attend the Autism Society National Conference and Exposition (in Pittsburgh) for FREE this year! Learn more: www.autism-society.org/conference.
April 3, 2013
Monarch Teaching Technologies, the makers of VizZle®, web-based educational software for visual learners with autism, will give one-year of free VizZle to every new (or renewing) Champion Member during April.
April 2, 2013
Read the Autism Society’s digital magazine about autism spectrum disorders!
April 2, 2013
Today, throughout the world, individuals will come together highlighting the needs and dreams of people living with autism.