Autism Speaks is an autism advocacy organization in the United States that sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments, and the public. It was founded in February 2005 by Bob Wright, vice chairman of General Electric, and his wife Suzanne, a year after their grandson Christian was diagnosed with autism.

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  • "I want to do more than share my story. I want to become an ambassador for the autism community and a mentor for aspiring sports professionals. I want to continue enduring obstacles and improve my interpersonal skills." This blog post is by Tyler Marcotte, I’m 24-years old from Plymouth, Massachusetts. At 9, I was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. Today, I’m a Member Experi...

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  • "If I were you, I would take the opportunity that the inclusion class offers. The opportunity to grow, the opportunity to flourish, the opportunity to live a better life for having a disabled child in it." This guest post is written by Elizabeth North, a busy mom of 5 who is walking a new path raising a daughter with Autism Spectrum Disorder. When she isn’t busy cooking, cl...

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  • "We are so thankful to Taylor Swift, her mom, and all our friends and family for helping us get this life-changing dog for Jacob. He absolutely adores Reid and we can tell they are a perfect match." This guest post is written by Allison Hill. Allison has her Master’s in Special Education and Elementary Education and is passionate about sharing her faith and hope with other ...

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  • "It was an incredible experience and I will never forget how kind Vice President Biden was to me. His kindness is probably what impressed me the most." This guest post is by Sarah Redding. Sarah was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2-1/2. She is a graduate of the Autism Spectrum Program of Howell HS. Today Sarah is a participant in the Howell PAL- Helping Hands Art Progr...

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  • "I have been surrounded by support and encouraged to keep trying no matter how many times I failed. My developmental progress was not always obvious, but I found my own unique path." This guest blog post is by Michael Goodroe. Michael works full time as a data processor and serves as a motivational speaker. He wrote "What Autism Gave Me" to provide hope to others facing the...

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  • Two of the world’s leading experts on autism intervention urge researchers and clinicians to reconsider the goal of autism services Two of the world’s leading experts on autism intervention urge researchers and clinicians to reconsider the goal of autism services By Stelios Georgiades, co-director of the McMaster [University] Autism Research Team, in Hamilton, Ontario,  a...

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  • Happy Father's Day from Autism Speaks! This Father's Day, Autism Speaks celebrates all of the dads, grandpas and other father figures in our community. Thank you to all of the autism dads who work diligently and selflessly to make the world a more understanding and accepting place for children and adults with autism. For World Autism Month this year, nearly 5,000 people in t...

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  • "I’d inadvertently put a vulnerable child in charge of my sense of self-worth. It wasn’t his job to ensure I felt loved; it was mine." This blog post is by Lynn Dixon - a mom, writer and advocate for neuro-diverse families. She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and two sons. You can read more of her work at her blog and follow her on Facebook. When my son was an infant, ...

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  • The Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network takes a big step in its mission to improve and expand the reach of comprehensive healthcare for children and teens with autism. The Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network takes a big step in its mission to improve and expand the reach of comprehensive healthcare for children and teens with autism By Donna Murray, Autism Speaks vice...

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  • "Three weeks in, we’re a bustling neighborhood café with 14 employees, 4 without special needs and 10 with various issues of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The local community is embracing us. And the smiles on my employee’s faces is contagious." This blog post is by Lorna Heid, owner of Independent Grounds Café in Kennesaw, Georgia.  Last fall a friend of min...

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  • "Advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves is my passion. My brother, who is 19 years old, was diagnosed with autism and ADHD at a very young age. He is high functioning, verbal and my best friend." This guest blog post is by Juliana Fetherman. She has a brother on the autism spectrum and is an autism advocate.  Advocating for those who cannot advocate for th...

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  • I think it’s so important for families to know that they are not alone in their struggles and there is hope in a diagnosis. This guest blog post is by Anna Steinbuch. Anna has a son on the autism spectrum and is a GameStop store leader. From May 1- 31, 2018, all GameStop stores in the U.S. will be having a GameStop Gives Back Event, offering three ways guests can contribute ...

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  • "His heart is so pure and I am so proud of him and so blessed to have such a unique child in my life." This guest blog post is by Manar Kobeissi Everything I wished for in life I was able to achieve. I married the man of my dreams, I bought the house that I desired, and even gave birth to beautiful twins, something I have always dreamt for. With that there was always someth...

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  • Happy Mother's Day from Autism Speaks! This weekend, Autism Speaks celebrates moms like you who work hard to make the world a more understanding and accepting place of people with autism. In this post, we share just a small sample of the inspiring stories autism moms shared with the community through our Autism Mosaic. This Mother’s Day, Autism Speaks celebrates all of the m...

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  • "As much as I can, whenever I can, I try to relegate anxiety over the boys’ collective happiness to a shelf somewhere in the remote recesses of my brain. I do this for them, because a happy mom is a more competent mom, and they need me to be that for them." This is a post by Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty, mother to two sons on the autism spectrum and an Autism Family Partner at...

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  • "When I was diagnosed with autism, I was told that I was intellectually impaired, would never be able to be included with neurotypical kids..." This post is by Amanda Roberts, she is a 20-years-old woman on the autism spectrum. She currently works at McAlister's Deli. McAlister's is an Autism Speaks World Autism Month partner.  When I was diagnosed with autism, I was told t...

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  • "Remember: an IEP shouldn’t just help your child 'keep up'. It should work with their strengths, build on and expand those strengths to help overcome their weaknesses." This post is by Kate Cortelyou who resides in Nashville with her husband and two young children. She is a retired giraffe keeper turned stay-at-home mom. I went into my son’s IEP evaluation and eligibility...

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  • Sleep strategies and safety advice from pediatric psychologists who specialize in autism I have a young child with autism who wakes up in the night and wanders around the house. I’m afraid he might get outside while I’m asleep. How can I keep him safe while the rest of us are sleeping? Today’s “Got Questions?” response is by pediatric psychologists Melissa Campbell (left) an...

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  • "In the very end, when I ended up receiving all of those acceptance letters, especially from the colleges I had my eye on, it was all worth it. I learned that the only thing that could hold me back, would be myself." I am Matthew DiDomenico, a future student at Hofstra’s Laurence Hebert school for Communications, and I’m also in the small minority of kids with ADHD and PDD-N...

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  • When my son Ross turned 21 (the year of reckoning for those who live in the special-needs world), my emotions were running high. This blog post is by Laurie Rubin-Haber. Laurie worked as a manager of international sales in the publishing industry for almost 30 years. She retired from publishing to become a special needs advocate, an officer of the Center for Developmental D...

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  • "Sam is beginning to recognize that not everyone remembers birthdays as well as he does and takes pride in, as he says, 'making people’s day.'" This post is by Ilyse Levine-Kanji, a former employment discrimination lawyer, who lives outside Boston, Massachusetts with her husband and two sons, Sam (19) and Troy (17).  For more of Ilyse's advocacy work on behalf of people with...

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  • Quest Diagnostics has always been committed to a diverse workplace, but in recent years, we have extended that commitment to creating an inclusive workplace. Keedra Cotton is a Pre-Analytical Supervisor at Quest Diagnostics in Tucker, GA.  Jordan dreamed of finding a career that would allow her to excel using her skills and talents.  Though her dream is one shared by many, ...

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  • "He regained his skills, working diligently with his therapists, then his teachers in school." This is a post by Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty, mother to two sons on the autism spectrum. Kim also has a blog about her family. Eleven years ago this month my beautiful boy Zachary was born, my second son, little brother to his autistic sibling. He was the easiest baby, reveling in...

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  • "If we are going to use words to describe my twins, deficient would not be one of them. Words that I use to describe them are...inspiring, brave, joyful, intelligent, strong, and incredible!" Kristen Jeter is a stay at home mom, with a degree in child learning and development and a mom to 4 year old twins on the spectrum. Deficient/Deficiency is defined as “the quality or s...