March 8, 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 jobs, our house and moved to California so that Paolo would get the therapy he needed. He did not talk until the age of 4 and had all sorts of uncontrollable behaviors. We couldn’t understand why these things happened to us.
Thanks to the regional center for giving us a good therapist and, most especially, for helping us find a very good daycare (the YMCA) that taught Paolo lots of things that made him so special and so smart. Just recently, he was invited to speak in front of 320 people at a big YMCA event and he was able to do it. I am proud to show everyone his speech. (You can watch his speech on YouTube here.
He is now 12 years old and a very smart boy that can hold conversations with others, thanks to the help of YMCA staff. In spite of his disability, He is very happy and full of dreams for himself and for his family. Everyone loves him and is so proud of his accomplishments. We are so proud that we are his parents.
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.