Jun 20, 2013:
Logan Blade lives with severe autism, to the point that he doesn't communicate, unless there is music involved! Country Music sensation, Josh Turner is Logan's all time favorite singer, and Josh has something special planned out for Logan.
Jun 19, 2013:
It's a well known fact that pet therapy assists parents bringing up children living with autism, and Muffet the dog is no different. This heart warming story, narrated by an autism dad, about how life became easier once Muffet met his little girl.
Jun 17, 2013:
The incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorders are steadily on the rise. Sadly, there is still much unknown about how to best handle a diagnosis, and how to diagnose symptoms early on. Judy Nolte, Editor-in-Chief of American Baby Magazine, discusses the different options available to parents.
Jun 13, 2013:
Aww, hope you have your tissues handy! This brave soldier dad, just back from his deployment, surprises his little son, who lives with autism. We are forever in debt to our brave soldiers and their families for the sacrifices they make for our freedom. We will never forget. Thank you!
Jun 7, 2013:
Autism Guru, Dr. Temple Grandin believes that animals and individuals living with autism think visually. In this video, horses are used as teachers for individuals with Asperger's Syndrome to learn how to read body language and non-verbal social cues.
Jun 6, 2013:
Do you know someone living with autism? Given that the incidence of autism is on the rise, its diagnosis is becoming increasingly more important. Early intervention and therapy can make a significant change in a child's behavioral patterns.
Jun 4, 2013:
Here is a sneak peak of "The United States of Autism," a movie that takes us across America, interviewing families living with autism. It showcases the autism's emotional roller-coaster affecting the lives, struggles, and joys of families in the USA.
Jun 3, 2013:
Doggy therapy is the best, as Jacob, a high schooler living with Asperger's Syndrome found out! Thor is Jacob's service dog, and best mate. Thor helps keep Jacob calm and focused when life gets overwhelming!
May 30, 2013:
"On The Spectrum," also known as "The Autism Show" promotes awareness about the spectrum. Here's Part 3, the final segment which honors two of our nation's bravest veterans, Frank Z and Frank V of World War 2 and the Vietnam War.
May 29, 2013:
"On The Spectrum," also known as "The Autism Show" promotes awareness about the spectrum. Watch Part 2 of this segment which honors two veterans, Frank Z and Frank V of World War 2 and the Vietnam War.
May 28, 2013:
"On The Spectrum" is a show dedicated to autism and awareness. In this beautiful segment, the show honors two veterans, Frank Z and Frank V of World War 2 and the Vietnam War. These brave men recount their experiences during war.
May 21, 2013:
Who doesn't love a good romance where the protagonists battle against the odds to be with each other? David and Lindsey's tale is a textbook love story, with a twist, instead of dragons that need slaying, they are both adults living with autism.
May 17, 2013:
Wow, this is one inspiring story. Jacob Barnett, was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism at just two years old, now as a teenager, he is already studying for a Master's degree in quantum physics!
Thanks to his mom, Kristine Barnett, author of The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius, Jacob may now be in line for a Nobel Prize!
May 9, 2013:
This newly diagnosed aspie shares with us his perspective on awareness. In this video, Elijah John Kihlstadius presents 10 things he believes are important about living with and caring for someone with an autism spectrum disorder.
May 8, 2013:
Willow Hope, a young lady with Asperger's syndrome has embarked on a video project to showcase the many faces of Asperger's. Willow wants to dispel the urban legend that people on the spectrum are not expressive and cannot empathize.
May 6, 2013:
Loving, caring and understanding is the best way to handle someone living with autism. We are living in a world where the incidence of autism is on the rise. The more steps we take to learn about this condition and understand it better, the easier we can make it for our loved ones with autism to navigate daily life!
May 3, 2013:
This is a great video for new parents! Lori Renn is an autism mom, and in this segment, she shares what it's like parenting, and how to best understand the spectrum. Lori talks about the importance of research and understanding her child's condition.
Apr 30, 2013:
Here's a double rescue story that can move you to tears! Xena the Warrior Puppy, injured and left for dead was rescued by the Hickey family about seven months ago. Since then, Xena and the Hickey's autistic son Jonny, have become the best of friends!
Apr 29, 2013:
Wow! Can robots help kids living with autism interact with the world around them? Check out this new research being conducted with kindergarten through fifth grade students that focuses on robots helping children communicate!
Apr 23, 2013:
Hear from a 16 year old living with autism about what it's really like to grow up in your own little world. It's fascinating to hear from a firsthand source about what facing the real world is like, and how tough day to day interactions can be.
Apr 18, 2013:
Their hard work has proven to be a success. These five children have proven that their autism won't stop them from being successful. A lot of kids with autism when they get older are put away if they haven't dealt with their impulses and communication control. These parents have proven their love for their children will never allow anything to take them away from them and the opportunities they can be given.
Watch the final part in this six part series, featuring five children with autism and their families!
Apr 18, 2013:
It's three weeks before opening night and these kids are ready to get the show on the road. But with the work they and their families have put in the show and their everyday life, there comes the stress and with stress comes the difficulty of controlling their behavior and impulses.
Continue watching Part 5 in this six part series, featuring five children with autism and their families!
Apr 17, 2013:
Here's a fascinating documentary following children and teenagers living with autism and Asperger's Syndrome. This video explores the concept of empathy and dealing with tragedy when living on the spectrum.
Apr 16, 2013:
The incidence of autism in the USA is on the rise, yet no one quite understands it. This touching documentary follows the lives of Corey and Trevor, two individuals living with autism and gives us a glance in to their world!
Apr 11, 2013:
Based on a popular internet meme, this hilarious video shows us what it's like to live with autism and interact with others! Every statement written and scripted is anecdotal and not fictional!
Apr 8, 2013:
Have you noticed that children are often the face of autism? Yet, all these kids grow up, to adolescents, and then adults, but as they grow older, there are fewer support services provided!
Apr 7, 2013:
Dr. Temple Grandin is a world renown expert about autism. She herself was diagnosed with autism. In this video, she answers a few questions about autism as interesting and as diverse as, "How do we deal with the teen years and love interests?" and "What advice do you have when kids have difficulties with potty training?"
Apr 5, 2013:
Faith Jegede inspires us all with this beautiful TED Talk about what she has learned from her autistic brothers. She challenges us to live a life that isn't normal, or ordinary, but rather, one that is filled with love, wonder and the extraordinary!
Apr 4, 2013:
Getting an autism diagnosis for your child is not easy to hear as a parent. So many questions well up about the future, and what this means for your life moving forward. Cheryl and Mike Riley open up about what it was like for them when their son Jack was diagnosed with the "A" word.
Mar 28, 2013:
Wendy Lampen is an inspiring lady, she is a a lecturer for a university of applied sciences and is diagnosed with Aspergers. She is trained as a teacher in English, History and Ethics and has even worked with adolescents living with autism in a scholastic environment.
Mar 27, 2013:
Neurobiologist David Anderson raises an interesting point; in 2013, when faced with a cancer scare there is a myriad of tests to determine the diagnosis. However, when faced with a mental health disorder, we find ourselves confronted with a questionnaire.
Mar 18, 2013:
Too often we hear people saying "Oh, they're just children, they don't understand but Conner Long proves them wrong! Watch this touching story of brothers, and teammates Conner and Cayden who pair up and compete together. Little brother, Cayden has cerebral palsy, but that hasn't stopped this dynamic duo from participating in triathlons together!
Mar 18, 2013:
Imagine discovering your super powers at 55? What would you do? That's Michael Tolleson's story! Watch as he shares how he discovered in 2010, his fantastic talent for art and that he has Asperger's Syndrome!
Mar 14, 2013:
It's a big emotional and financial burden on parents when raising a child with Autism. For the Pruit family, financing two kids on the spectrum is proving to be quite a task! The government assistance the Pruits currently receive will end when their kids grow up, but for autism parents, the responsibility never ends.
Mar 13, 2013:
There's just so much about autism that we have not yet understood. This 27-minute documentary, 'I Want to Say' explains the story behind a new Autism Speaks initiative "Hacking Autism" which aims to use technology to help kids with autism.
Mar 12, 2013:
Jennifer and Chri Halm were so excited about their new baby, they had made plans to share their favorite childhood activities with their little one, and spend lots of cuddle time! When little Naomi was born, the Halms soon realized she was a special little girl...and sure enough she was diagnosed with Autism.
Watch as this family learn to readjust their goals and expectations for their precious little girl.
Mar 11, 2013:
Have you heard of the Early Start Denver Model or ESDM? It's a brand new method of early intervention for babies diagnosed as high risk for autism. With this method it has helped children with autism respond to their name, interact with their families, and socialize with other children.
Mar 11, 2013:
The last installment of a six-part series on autism. It's hard enough to secure a job in this economy, without the added burden of employers not understanding autism. In this episode we see what it's like to interview for jobs when living with autism.
Mar 11, 2013:
Forging relationships with family, friends, potential romantic interests and employers may be overwhelming for those on the spectrum. Part 5 of a must-see series on autism highlights what it's like to build social relationships when living with autism.
Mar 11, 2013:
What's it like growing up with Asperger's or Autism? Watch as these young men open up about their frustrations dealing with everyday life. Here's Part 4 of an amazing and insightful series about life of the autism spectrum.
Mar 11, 2013:
It's not easy to handle the world when living with Autism, it's not the most understanding place. Tom battles with a hot temper due to the frustration of social interaction; coping with others in his world is not always easy, and has often resorted to running away, or being aggressive.
Watch Part 2 of this amazing series, as it explores the world of 3 young men with Autism, and what it's like to try to realize their hopes and dreams.
Mar 11, 2013:
Autism affects individuals differently, so it's not a surprise to see how an autism diagnosis brings these individuals and their families the ups and downs of living with autism. Watch this fantastic BBC documentary featuring three men on the autism spectrum, struggling to find a balance between their world and the world we live in.
Mar 4, 2013:
The filmmaker, Shelli Ainsworth documents her experiences with her son Dietrich Sieling an extremely talented autistic artist. Watch this beautiful preview of the independent film, "Stay Then Go".
Feb 28, 2013:
Reece is a beautiful non-verbal boy, living with Autism. Through this photo montage, his mom explains Reece's journey with Autism from infant-hood onwards. At first he communicated using sign language, then, slowly, but surely, he began using sounds to communicate!
Feb 25, 2013:
Jimmy is a young boy, living with autism. He is obsessed with reptiles, and in this short clip, Jimmy teaches us how to take care of a Bearded Dragon! We applaud Jimmy for working hard on correcting his speech impediment. Let's support and encourage all the children with autism in our lives that they can do anything they put their mind to!
Feb 22, 2013:
"On That Day" is a mother's perspective of her daughter Maddy's Autism diagnosis. She explains the emotions that only a mother could understand, and how her precious little daughter changed her life.
Feb 21, 2013:
'Through My Eyes' hopes to help spread awareness about the autism spectrum, and aims to draw attention to the fact that autism is now more common than ever before! This beautiful song shares what life and social experiences are like for someone on the spectrum.
Feb 21, 2013:
This beautiful song is taken off the soundtrack of a video game called "To The Moon." One of the characters in this game has Asperger's Syndrome. The talented vocalist covering this song decided to sing it as she too lives with Asperger's.
Beautiful, simple, and oh so moving!
Feb 18, 2013:
Chatter Blocks is a specially directed video for kids on the spectrum that aims to teach them various social and life skills through music and movement. Have your kids learn new songs while learning basic counting, exercises, and directions while having fun.
Feb 11, 2013:
To empower and raise awareness of the equal opportunities both individuals with autism and disabilities need, in this video, Barack Obama describes the necessary measures we need to take to give everyone the respect they deserve.
Feb 7, 2013:
A military wife shares her personal experience of bringing up a child with autism, coupled with the hardships of a military lifestyle. Constantly moving and needing to be a single-parent, amplifies the hardships of a family with autism.
Feb 6, 2013:
A sister explains her inner turmoil watching her little brother grow up with autism at the hands of an unfriendly and intolerant world. Watch as she explains her perspective of how amazing her brother is, and why she is so proud of him.
Feb 5, 2013:
How can one use creative mediums like art to help children with autism express themselves? People on the autistic spectrum are highly motivated and the goal is to find what motivates them and basing their art around that focus.
Feb 4, 2013:
This great video aims to raise awareness about empathy for autism and show that members of the autism community are productive assets to the community. Watch as seven children with varying degrees of autism share their interests and dreams!
Feb 1, 2013:
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) specialist Nicola Easton shows Sam a few tips to help Mickey with his speech development. With these tips Sam will be able to communicate with her son and give him the needs he wasn't able to ask for before the Autism Team came in to help!
Feb 1, 2013:
A messy house is no fun at all, but unfortunately it's not easy maintaining a clean place especially for a child with autism. In this segment, Carmel Wakefield shares some super easy household de-cluttering and interior design tips to help Sam ensure her home is in tip-top shape!
Feb 1, 2013:
Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) Specialist, Simone Sewell helps Sam incorporate the recommended diet into her family's dietary regime. This will hopefully assist her in giving her autistic son Mickey the nutrients that he's been lacking in his diet.
Feb 1, 2013:
Nutritionist Jonathan Tommey meets autism mom Sam Sykes who shares her experience with her 4-year-old son, Mickey. Sam mentions how she noticed that Mickey's vocabulary was shrinking, that he developed a glazed expression, and has sever dietary issues. Jonathan uses this information to recommend a diet that could make life easier for Sam.
Feb 1, 2013:
Samantha Sykes is a young, 25-year-old single autism mother to her 4-year-old son Mickey. Samantha is a strong woman who needs a little push to remind her that the obstacles of her son's autism shouldn't bring her down. Her love for her son shines through in the way they interact and how she cares for him.
Jan 28, 2013:
Danny is a nature loving photographer, living with Asperger's Syndrome. In this short film, Danny explains how his condition has affected his life and why he loves nature and photography so much.
Jan 22, 2013:
This family stays strong by working together to manage their sons' autism. They try to live life as normally as they can and will take what autism gives them and support each other for the better each day.
Jan 21, 2013:
There are many different manifestations of autism. Annabel a 5-year-old girl has Isodicentric 15 Q. A part of this condition results in mild to moderate autism. Watch as her mom explains how their family has coped with the condition and how horse therapy has helped Annabel!
Jan 18, 2013:
Emily Burke expresses through this moving song what it's like to live with Autism. It is a rare insight into the world of Autism, and how lonely it can be at times. SHARE this video with your friends and help raise awareness, let's make this world a friendlier place!
Jan 17, 2013:
David Finch was recently diagnosed to be on the Autism Spectrum, well into his adult life. In this video, David and his wife Kristen Finch discuss David's diagnosis affected their family and their marriage.
Jan 16, 2013:
As a parent, how do you differentiate between the early signs of autism and quirky personality traits? It's not easy. In this video of Quinn a delightful and mostly non-verbal young boy with autism, you can see how the early signs of autism showed up, even before his diagnosis at 21 months.
Jan 15, 2013:
Let's talk about embracing how unique we all are! This video hopes to raise autism awareness by asking everyone to embrace our differences. Being different is not a reason to socially shun someone, after all, we all have our quirks.
Jan 14, 2013:
WOW! You need to see this to believe it! An Asperger mathematical genius, Daniel Tammet gives us a little insight to his fascinating brain on the David Letterman show. He trained himself to cope with social situations and is able to tell you the exact day David was born at a drop of a hat!
Jan 11, 2013:
Here's an interesting take on Asperger's Syndrome, made by people with Asperger's! It provides a unique insight on what it's like to live with this condition, in their own words. This short film won the Animation Award at the Scottish Mental Health Film Festival back in 2008. A definite must-see!
Jan 7, 2013:
How do parents of children with Autism deal with their emotions and frustrations? Too often parents find it hard to witness their kids struggling with social situations, but as this video shows it's completely natural. Watch and find out more.
Jan 4, 2013:
Time to bust some myths! There's a lot of hushed whispers linking the Autism Spectrum to violence following the tragedy in Connecticut. This video hopes to dispel the rumors and deal with the facts!
Jan 3, 2013:
Autism author, speaker, activist, and mom Monica Holloway and her son Wills address what life is like living with Asperger's Syndrome. Wills was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3 and is now 15 and a freshman at a mainstream high school.
Dec 20, 2012:
It doesn't get better than this! A little boy with autism shows his affection for the family pet! A common misconception about people with autism is that they lack feelings and empathy, but as this video illustrates, that is most certainly NOT the case!
Dec 19, 2012:
A severely autistic uncle and his baby niece enjoy a little splash of fun in the pool! It's a wonderful way to help kids get involved with people with special needs. They can learn acceptance, love, and kindness!
Dec 18, 2012:
A precious little girl is super excited to see her Autistic Uncle Jamie return home from the hospital! It's a true display of how wonderful children are, and how important it is to teach kids to be more accepting and understanding.
Dec 14, 2012:
There are so many misconceptions and myths floating around about Autism. In this video, College students are asked what they think autism is... the responses are enlightening and highlights the need for more awareness!
Dec 11, 2012:
Imagine a child not enjoying new presents? Almost unheard of, isn't it? In this segment we learn how little Sam handles the Christmas season, arts and crafts activities at school, Christmas shopping and presents.
Dec 6, 2012:
What is it like to live with Autism, when the world around you doesn't quite understand? ABC's "What Would You do" focused on what it is like for a family with a child living with autism to do something simple, like eatting out at a restaurant.
Dec 4, 2012:
This is Brendan's story about being diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. His big sister, Hailee interviews him to give the rest of the world a better understanding of what autism is and how Brendan is just like any other kid, just a little different.
Nov 30, 2012:
Little Annabel Porath is 5 years old with a condition known as Isodicentric 15, a consequence of this condition is mild to moderate Autism.
Watch this insightful documentary on Annabel and her family and how they handle life with Autism!
Nov 28, 2012:
Jacob is autistic, and also a child math prodigy! He is one super inspiring kid, who was accepted to college at age 10, and the founder and the CEO of Wheel LLC - a company which started in his mom's garage, and is currently writing a book to help end "math phobia!".
Watch now, as he gives an inspiring TEDxTeen talk on Forgetting What We Know!
Nov 27, 2012:
Researchers have been trying to understand the causes of autism. Results of a new finding published in the journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), suggests one contributor might be exposure to traffic pollution before birth and in the first year of life.
Nov 27, 2012:
Researchers have found an interesting link between child prodigies who are sometimes referred to as 'gifted' or 'wonder children' and autism. The finding provides insight into the special skills found among children that develop skills and talents beyond what is normal for their age.
Nov 27, 2012:
Relating to and understanding children with Autism is tough, but once you watch this incredible short film, we guarantee it'll become a little easier. Watch as young Rob shares with us his perspective about a week of his life.
Seemingly minor details can have a massive effect!
Nov 27, 2012:
Researchers have been exploring any connections between autism, schizophrenia, and other mental disorders for several years, with the hope that each new discovery will bring them closer to understanding, preventing, and treating these conditions. Now new research from Tel Aviv University (TAU) reports that autism and schizophrenia appear to have a genetic link.
Nov 27, 2012:
Researchers have found a critical and previously unknown link between synthesis of brain proteins and autism spectrum disorders that they say could lead to new treatments. In their studies, scientists were able to reverse ASD behaviors in mice by manipulating brain cell signals, which could lead to the development of drugs to reverse ASD associated behaviors.
Nov 21, 2012:
Kids with Autism struggle with expressing their emotions. Now, using this app, feelings get a lot easier to deal with!
Watch how Ben responds to the app's questions on "that makes me feel..." and " I feel better when I....".
Nov 20, 2012:
This video shows the power of Social Media and how it can empower and raise awareness. It started off as a Facebook post from Carol Janusky DeMaio who posted, "It would be nice if parents could share a picture of a loved one on the autism spectrum." In less than 2 days, over 500 pictures came through.
Nov 15, 2012:
Autism really is a puzzle, and one worth trying to understand. The mystery that surrounds this developmental disorder often scares people away from truly understanding the many gifts that Autism brings. Watch this lovely video and learn more about Autism.
Nov 14, 2012:
This mom relates to the trials and triumphs of bringing up her son with autism. From handling tantrums to cracking jokes, watch as she recounts how proud she is of her son's achievements.
Nov 13, 2012:
It's not easy being an Autist's parent. Watch as this caring young mom describes the joys and struggles of raising her amazing son! She learns from her son that his autism makes him who he is and makes others understand what autism is all about.
Nov 9, 2012:
Watch this insightful interview with Rachel Squires is an Autistic mom opens up about her life and shares with us a day in the life with her autistic son Michael. Also featured in this interview is Pandora Villasenor, Director of Wellspring - specializing in behavioral intervention for young children with autism.
Nov 8, 2012:
Larry and Tracy are adults living with autism and proving all misconceptions of autism wrong with the success in raising autism awareness. Watch how facilitated communication has helped these two men become advocates for autism around the world!
Nov 7, 2012:
"Innovation in Autism," is a team consisting of 3 hardworking and dedicated 13 year olds; Maya Flannery, Arjun Mahajan and Jonathan Berman, showcase their project for 2012's Google Science Fair, a science project competition for teenagers across the world.
These inspiring teens have dedicated their research to to help children on the autism spectrum!
Watch and be amazed!
Nov 7, 2012:
Among the many questions parents and healthcare providers ponder about autism spectrum disorders(ASD) is when to start treatment. Now a small but important study provides an answer to that question, and names a specific type of autism treatment as well.
Nov 6, 2012:
Imagine a world with visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.... We would be so much more creative, innovative and extraordinary!
That is exactly what Temple Grandin hopes for! Watch and be inspired!
Nov 5, 2012:
Check out the trailer for HBO's documentary, "A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism Trailer."
It highlights the many facets of Autism, including the social barriers, educational and learning methods. Most of all, it educates the public and busts myths about people with autism!
Nov 2, 2012:
Watch Part 3 in a three-part series on Oprah, as she interviews three parents featured in the film, "Autism Everyday."
In this video siblings of children with autism open up about their love, guilt, sacrifice and the emotional toll Autism takes on their lives.
Nov 2, 2012:
Imagine being a parent who has never received a hug from their child? Or never hearing their child say the words "I love you!"We need to help raise more awareness about Autism, and its effects on the families of children with Autism. Watch Part 2 in a three-part series on Oprah, as she interviews three parents featured in the film, "Autism Everyday."
Nov 1, 2012:
Take a step into the world of families who live with "Autism Everyday." Watch as Oprah interviews three parents from the film, "Autism Everyday" and give the public a better understanding and hope to raise awareness and compassion for this growing condition.
Oct 31, 2012:
Jodi DiPiazza is an extremely talented musician who was diagnosed with Autism just before she was 2 years old. Watch as she gets a dream come true and performs "Firework" with one of her favorite singers, Katy Perry!
Oct 30, 2012:
Watch as we get an inside perspective from a number of individuals who don't let autism stop them from living life to the fullest. Be inspired and be ready to experience a whole new side of autism!
Oct 29, 2012:
Sydnee is blessed with twin 11-year-old boys Jake and Ian. She recalls noticing when her sons were growing up that Ian was not developing at the same rate as his twin. Sydnee says it was very apparent that something was not quite right watching the twins develop side by side. Later, Ian was diagnosed with Autism.
Oct 26, 2012:
The Mariposa School is a special not-for-profit institution dedicated to helping children with Autism. The students at Mariposa receive one on one instruction, individualized learning and care. Watch and learn more about this fantastic place!
Oct 26, 2012:
Taylor is an inspiration to us all! Diagnosed with being on the Autism Spectrum at age 2 did nothing to stop her from being coming a star athlete and top student! Watch as she shares her story!
Oct 26, 2012:
Being a parent has it's ups and downs, but as a parent of a child with autism, working together as a family is key to make even the littlest of things run smoothly.
Continue watching Part 3 in this six part series, featuring 5 children with Autism! Watch and share this lovely video and raise awareness for kids living with Autism!
Oct 26, 2012:
Patience, patience, patience, that is what this mom has as she produces a musical with her son and a number of children with autism.
Continue watching Part 2 in this six part series, featuring 5 children with autism! Absolutely brilliant!
Oct 9, 2012:
Working with children is not an easy task, and when you add autism to the mix, it is even more daunting!
Watch Part One in this six part series, as an amazing mother of a child with autism takes a chance on a group of children with autism to collaborate, create, and perform a live musical production.
Oct 8, 2012:
Watch Adam, a 10 year old little boy, strum a guitar and sing about raising awareness for Autism! We love that even though he's a little boy, he's a strong advocate for Autism awareness! Well done, Adam!
Oct 5, 2012:
Joe Hill is the father of two sons with Autism who struggle with verbal communication. So Joe decided to help his kids out by creating an app for the i-pad that becomes a personalized, modern day See 'n Say!
Oct 4, 2012:
Autism is a complex neurological and developmental disorder that lasts throughout a persons lifetime. We need to spread awareness about Autism and the Autism spectrum so as to make the lives of those living with this condition much easier. It's through understanding, love, and hope that we can make the world a friendlier place!
Oct 3, 2012:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 88 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, a new study reports that about 10% of these children are wrongly diagnosed as having the condition.
Oct 3, 2012:
It's always wonderful to hear a story of hope! When this proud father verbally communicates with his daughter with autism for the very first time, he couldn't be anymore proud and hopeful that she was getting the right attention she needed.
Oct 2, 2012:
Kerry share his inspiration to join Autism Speaks' "Light It Up Blue" campaign. He started as a college freshman and has been involved for 6 years now, and even has his own blog on Autism Speaks. Listen to how he became a voice in the Autism community!
Oct 2, 2012:
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has published a new must-read resource for parents about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Today through October 14, the organization is offering a free 83-page digital excerpt and if you order by October 31st, you can receive a 30% discount off the list price of $14.95.
Oct 1, 2012:
The Autism File's Campaign brings together Autism Moms from all over the world. Watch this beautiful video of all the strong, inspirational moms out there, fighting to understand their children better, and make the world a more understanding place!
Sep 28, 2012:
Recent data from the CDC estimates one in 88 children has an autism spectrum disorder that is characterized by common symptoms. Medical therapies currently used to treat autism symptoms including agitation, compulsive behavior and anxiety are little help, according to new findings from Vanderbilt researchers.
Sep 26, 2012:
A search for a drug that can treat fragile X syndrome has led to the discovery of a compound that may benefit more than individuals with this form of intellectual disability. Researchers suggest their study results may also help people who have autism spectrum disorder.
Sep 24, 2012:
Kids with autism may look at things differently but it doesn't mean they wanna live life like any other kid! Watch this cute video asking us all to love children with autism for who they are! It was produced by Kaimes Animation Studio to raise autism awareness and is a wonderful tribute to the subtleties of autism.
Sep 21, 2012:
Chanel was diagnosed with autism at the tender age of 3 1/2. Her mom describes how their family found faith had many faces, the traditional faith in God, and also, rather surprisingly faith in ourselves.
Watch 16 year old Chanel and her mom talk about their own perspectives of their journey through autism.
Sep 19, 2012:
Companionship comes in many forms. Sean has autism and many people had a hard time understanding him. But when he finds a ferret, Rocky, he becomes Sean's true friend. They both were there for each other, understood each other and benefited from each others companionship!
Sep 18, 2012:
Autism mom, Vicky Leon says that she helped unlock her son's mind by changing his diet! She removed gluten, dairy, artificial colors and flavors, and immediately noticed a difference!
What do you think of her story?
Sep 14, 2012:
Children with autism express themselves in many ways. Watch as this musically inclined 6-year-old with autism takes us though a repertoire including hits like Sponge Bob Square Pants, Frere Jacques, London Bridge, and more!
Sep 12, 2012:
For a small number of individuals with autism, a supplement may be an effective form of treatment. Researchers have discovered a type of autism with epilepsy that is associated with a gene mutation, and that it could respond to certain amino acids.
Sep 12, 2012:
What's it like for kids who have siblings with Autism? It can't be easy seeing their brother or sister get more attention; they may feel lonely or left out. Watch how we can teach siblings to relate better to each other!
Sep 12, 2012:
“What would happen if the autism gene was eliminated from the gene pool? You would have a bunch of people standing around in a cave, chatting and socializing and not getting anything done.” ― Temple Grandin, The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger's
Sep 10, 2012:
Listen as 2 families share their experiences with Autism.
It's not easy having children with autism, you can't help but worry about their future, education, future relationshipsa and how they will handle the big scary world. Watch as these families open up about their lives with Autism.
Sep 10, 2012:
Did you know that Autism is one of the most common mental disorders? Watch this touching tribute to all children with Autism, and all the parents, teachers, therapists, pets, toys and loved ones who provide a network of love and support!
Sep 10, 2012:
A hallmark of autism is difficulty with social interaction and communication, and therapy typically involves trying to boost these skills. But what if activities that seem antisocial, namely screen-based technology such as video games and computers, can help children with autism spectrum disorder? Could video games be good playmates?
Sep 6, 2012:
David Militello has been singing since he was 3 years old, even before he could talk!
David was diagnosed as a non-verbal autistic, until his school bus-driver informed his parents that David sings all the way to school and back on the bus!
Watch him perform a classic on America's Got Talent!
Sep 5, 2012:
Teengagers are already quite hard to understand, but when you add Aspergers to the mix, things get even trickier! 15 Year old Hollie was diagnosed with Aspergers when she was 12 years old. She has a large collection of nail polish as she changes the colors of her nails about four times a day!
Watch as Hollie and her mom, Claire share what life is like living with a teen with Aspergers.
Sep 4, 2012:
Have you heard of this bracelet before? It's designed specifically for kids and adults prone to wander away. Jacob was rescued within 10 minutes of activating the bracelet, 15 blocks away from his elementary school! Watch this awesome video detailing his rescue!
Aug 28, 2012:
You Surround The Mystery - A Piece of the Puzzle was written by Lorraine Spencer and dedicated to her son, Elijah. It's a touching song, voicing the concerns and love of a parent on the Spectrum. LIKE + SHARE if you know someone on the Autism Spectrum too.
Aug 23, 2012:
A new study has reported that the age at which a father sires children determines how many mutations those offspring inherit. Therefore, men who postponed starting a family in the their thirties, forties, and beyond could be increasing the chances that their children will develop autism, schizophrenia, and other diseases often linked to new mutations. The results were published on August 22 in the journal Nature.
Aug 21, 2012:
A gluten-free, casein-free (GFCF) diet may have benefits for some children with autism. It can be a difficult diet to maintain, but some studies have found that it can improve the behavior in some children on the spectrum. Cooking at home is one thing, but now that it is “back to school” time, parents may be at a loss for what to do about lunches and snacks for their autistic child.
Aug 16, 2012:
How do you maintain a healthy marriage when living with a child with Autism? Watch this candid video where Autism Mothers Alli and Polly share their insights on how marriages are affected by autism and outline some techniques to keep relationships strong!
Aug 14, 2012:
Autism may alter a child's communication but they're just like every other kid. Understanding autism is the first step to help in their communication development. Watch as Noah describes what it takes to support him in socializing with others, and understanding his needs!
Aug 9, 2012:
Watch David Hamrick and Lindsey Nebeker, an autistic couple share their heart warming lovestory! Despite their struggles, frustrations, and compromises they've both found true love. Lindsey compare Autism to a rose - sharp thorns, tough stem, but when the flower is in full bloom there is exceptional beauty to be found!
Aug 8, 2012:
Many girls are undiagnosed for autism because many believe they the ability to hide their difficulties or see their attitudes as shyness or depression. Watch this fantastic video featuring girls on the spectrum! Doctors and parents often mistake the signs of Autism with girls as they are better at hiding their difficulties.
Aug 6, 2012:
Jason McElwain was an inspiration for many as he proved that he didn't let his Autism stop him from finally playing the basketball game of his life! Watch as he now is an inspirational speaker for high school students and tells them to live their dreams!
Aug 6, 2012:
If you have a child with autism and you're wondering what to get as his or her 6th birthday gift, a pet may be the answer. A pet could be the birthday gift that keeps on giving in important ways for many years, according to a new study.
Aug 2, 2012:
Twenty-nine-year-old Jason Ross speaks out about dealing with relationships when you have Asperger's. Watch and learn about from him about the challenges and triumphs he faces on a daily basis!
Aug 1, 2012:
Autism affects 1 in 150 children but how much do we really know about Autism? Watch this video about two parents advocating for early intervention. SHARE and help piece together the puzzle!
Aug 1, 2012:
For fathers coming home from work and find it impossible to connect with their autistic child, it can typically be the straw that breaks the family's back. Now an autism expert and parent shares tips of how to develop affection in autistic children.
Jul 30, 2012:
Auti is a scientifically designed toy that encourages positive social behavior, as "it is through play that we practice life!"
Auti shuts down when hit or treated roughly and responds to gentle voices and kind treatment!
What a great invention!
Jul 30, 2012:
With recent news showing that those with Autism are often picky eaters, parents have begun searching for ways to combat that. Even though researchers have found that the picky eating has not affected a child’s growth, parents are still concerned that picky eaters are not eating healthy enough.
Jul 26, 2012:
Autism has been a part of the lives of some of the smartest most talented people in our history. Watch this video by a 16-year-old with Autism as he gives us an understanding of life with Autism.
Jul 25, 2012:
Researchers may not yet fully know what causes autism, but they are gaining ground on tools and resources for screening, as early diagnosis can lead to improved treatment options. A recent study from the University of California, San Diego gives insight on autistic children’s preferences for pattern and repetition.
Jul 25, 2012:
School isn't always easy for Joshua, a 7th grade honors student who has Asperger's syndrome. Watch him interview his mom, Sarah. with some hard hitting questions which truly illustrate great parenting in action!
Jul 20, 2012:
We want to celebrate all the amazing people who work tirelessly to promote Autism Awareness in any way they can!
Watch the beautiful Autism Awareness Angels perform a flash mob to celebrate world Autism Day on April 2, 2012.
Jul 20, 2012:
For every female that has classic autism there are four males. When including the entire spectrum of autism disorders, boys are diagnosed 10 times more often than girls. Researchers from George Washington University an found a gene that is affected by the sex hormones, which may help better explain the gender differences in autism rates.
Jul 19, 2012:
College is a social challenge for everyone, but for Ron Wilson adjusting to college has an added obstacle. Wilson has had Asperger's syndrome since he was 15. Now as an adult in college, Wilson is expected to learn how to advocate for himself. Watch this video as he shares the struggles of transitioning into college and how he started a program called the Georgia Asperger's Organization to help others who are in the same position as he had been.
Jul 19, 2012:
Many children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have difficulty with sleep which is stressful for both the children and their parents. Sleep experts with The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center have created a resource for families struggling with this issue for the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN), a network of hospitals, physicians, researchers and families across the United States and Canada.
Jul 18, 2012:
Yoga therapy can help autistic children mainly with creating a bond between the teacher and the student, developing a foundation of mutual trust and friendship. A combination of poses, breathing and deep relaxation can help promote social interaction, provide sensory integration, increase overall health, and aid the development of body awareness and concentration.
Jul 18, 2012:
Jayden, an 8-year-old with Aspergers, talks about things that make him anxious. Watch closely, at the 1:10 mark, as Jayden's parents get the most adorable compliment from their son! Hope he got that pony!
Jul 17, 2012:
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved two medicines for treating one symptom of autism spectrum disorders (irritability) but the agency has not yet approved a drug that treats any of autism’s three core symptoms – communication difficulties, social challenges, and repetitive behavior. The good news is that there are medications currently in clinical trials, and if you or your child has autism, you may be a candidate to participate and help increase the options to other families across the nation.
Jul 16, 2012:
As researchers try to put the pieces of a puzzle together about what causes autism, one study finds a possible link between the disorder and smoking during pregnancy. Though the finding doesn’t show cause, there is a suggestion that women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have a child with autism spectrum disorder.
Jul 13, 2012:
Many children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can benefit from medications, but unfortunately there is a very poor understanding of overall medication use for these kids, says Paul T. Shattuck PhD, an assistant professor with the Brown School at Washington University.
Jul 12, 2012:
Toilet training a child is sometimes difficult to do even in the best situations. But add on top of that challenges such as autism, and parents can be overwhelmed by the task. Obviously, becoming independent with bathroom habits is critical as the child becomes older. With all the skills and resources parents have at their disposal, the most important for toilet training is patience.
Jul 11, 2012:
Teaching a child with autism to interact with the world is already a challenge, but giving them restraints from what they can or cannot eat is hard for any child, autistic or not. Six-year-old Kirby, who was diagnosed with high functioning autism also has the extra obstacle of being allergic to peanuts, eggs and shellfish.
Jun 27, 2012:
One of the most important facets of treating autism is early diagnosis. The earlier an accurate diagnosis of autism is made, the earlier that treatment and training can begin to take advantage of a young and still-developing brain to compensate for what nature by itself needs a helping hand toward shaping a young mind.
Jun 5, 2012:
Behavior problems in children with autism are a frequent occurrence, & can have a significant negative impact on a child's ability to adjust in social settings..Although treatment with drugs is one way to manage behavior problems in autism, another may be a common antioxidant! Click to read more!
May 29, 2012:
Being the mother of a child with autism, I describe my experiences with noticing and denying my child had autism, difficulties with communication, getting services, and how the family coped and improved our lives.
I knew something was wrong even before she was a year old. ..
May 10, 2012:
A new study indicates the typical American diet may fuel autism because it is associated with mineral deficiencies, use of high fructose corn syrup, and an inability of the body to eliminate toxins.
May 4, 2012:
Watch Taylor's experience with autism and Aspergers Syndrome. She was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum at age two, and given little hope of having a happy, independent life. However by age 17, she is smart, athletic, creative, and proving her doctors wrong!
May 1, 2012:
The first five years of Quinn's life: a beautiful, wonderful, lively, mostly non-verbal boy with autism. Watch this heartwarming and inspirational story and then share it with your friends!
Apr 19, 2012:
"It was agonizing as a mother not to be able to comfort my child, then feeling guilty for all the times I got frustrated, not realizing he had no control over his actions." Click to read how well Brandon's doing now!
Apr 18, 2012:
When a high school basketball team manager is finally allowed to suit up and play the game he's been practicing for his whole life, a legend is born. Watch this heartwarming story and then share it with your friends!
Apr 13, 2012:
A major study has found that when pregnant women are obese or have correlating conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, their children are more likely to be born with autism or another neurodevelopmental disorder. Click to learn more.
Apr 11, 2012:
"It has been a challenge raising an autistic child but we wouldn't have her anyother way. She is perfect just the way she is and is very loved by those who know her." Click to read more about Kira's journey.
Apr 2, 2012:
" I think about what her life would be without autism but she would not be the perfect person she is today. Lani Makana you are truly our Gift from Heaven!" Click more to read more about this mom's heavenly gift.
Mar 29, 2012:
It can be hard to get any kid to brush their teeth, but if your child is on the spectrum, it's a whole new challenge. Dr. Charles Nelson of Seattle Children's Hospital offers some tips for better oral hygiene, along with a few ways to make visits to the dentist a little easier.
Mar 23, 2012:
We wondered if our son would ever be able to speak...Now he is the top reader in his grade and the only one in his class who has gotten 100% on all of his timed math tests. Click to read Ben's amazing story!!
Mar 19, 2012:
Sixteen-year-old Kevin Hosseni is an artist with autism using his tremendous talent to raise awareness. He's already won several awards, and has had his work exhibited all the way from Washington D.C. to the Ukraine. Keep your eye on this young man...his creativity and vision are poised to take the art world by storm!
Mar 14, 2012:
Aspie surfer Clay Marzo is one of the sport's most exciting up-and-comers, stunning crowds with an amazing reverse aerial move long believed impossible. Clay says that "waves are toys from God" -- take a look at him in action and you'll understand what he means.
Mar 13, 2012:
This won't be news to any of you moms out there: every child is unique, and each learns differently! Kind of like ducks who can't climb or zebras embarrassed by their stripes, it's silly to relegate kids to a one-size-fits all learning system.
Mar 8, 2012:
We should all be lucky enough to have a dad like Lou -- passionately involved and absolutely unwavering in his commitment to his autistic daughter Bianca. Lou created this heartwrenching video to raise awareness, call for compassion, and demand better funding for autism.
Mar 7, 2012:
"Jeremiah was our first child. Looking back, it's clear that he was born with Asperger's Syndrome, but we didn't put the pieces together until he was in 3rd grade..." Click to read the rest of Jeremiah's story!
Mar 6, 2012:
Only one out of every five people with autism is female. With fewer voices to speak out, many stories are going untold. This is the moving story of five-year-old Faith Crawn and her family.
Mar 5, 2012:
Most people know about guide dogs for the blind and service dogs for people with disabilities, but many aren't aware that there are service dogs for folks with autism, too. In this video we see a family in Scotland whose life was changed forever when a special friend came into their lives -- and completely altered the behavior of their autistic son Dale.
Mar 2, 2012:
I remember that at age 4 he looked at me and finally said "mom". I cried, I had waited for 4 years to hear that word.Now he is getting ready for public school... Click to read this heart warming tale!
Mar 1, 2012:
A look at Asperger's Syndrome from the point of view of a geologist who falls on the spectrum. "I find people with Asperger's are all extremely kind and interesting people," he says. "My social skills have improved a lot..." Click to watch this fascinating view into the world of an Aspie.
Feb 29, 2012:
A boy and his horse. As part of his treatment for autism, eight-year-old Adam bonds with his equine pal in a way he's unable to bond with people. While the reasons why aren't fully understood, horse therapy helps calm kids like Adam and decreases the emotional meltdowns that often accompany autism.
Feb 28, 2012:
Lots of children with autism get bullied at school and find it hard to get jobs when they grow up. 13-year-old Rosie takes us into her world to explain what it's like to grow up with autism.
Feb 24, 2012:
"We experience struggles and challenges every single day, but autism has made our family stronger in so many ways. And seeing Caitie's smile is the best feeling in the world!" Click to read the rest of Caitlyn's amazing story!
Feb 22, 2012:
Stephen Volan began overcoming the limitations of his Asperger's Syndrome by studying acting at Second City in Chicago. Since then, his accomplishments have become the pride of Bloomington, Indiana. Click to watch his amazing story.
Feb 16, 2012:
Anita Lesko was a professional with two degrees -- but she didn't learn she had Asperger's Syndrome until she was fifty years old. In this telling interview, Anita discusses her diagnosis, her approach to autism, and her book about coping with life on the spectrum.
Feb 16, 2012:
This video encourages adults with autism to get involved in the discussion. With more kids being diagnosed with autism now than ever, the neurotypical community needs adults with autism to lend their voices and experience to help make the future brighter for the next generation!
Feb 16, 2012:
Based on the best selling kids' picture book "All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome," this video is a sweet look at the similarities between folks with Asperger Syndrome and our sometimes aloof feline friends. We think it's purr-fectly adorable!
Feb 16, 2012:
A mom on the autism spectrum says she's pretending to be normal -- but with a loving family surrounding her, a love of the arts, and a beautiful, articulate heart, we don't think she's pretending at all.
Feb 7, 2012:
"Zackery has shown me that autism is not a disease but an ability to see the world as it truly is. Zackery is a gift, and I'm grateful for him every day." Click to read one mom's amazing story!
Jan 26, 2012:
On "Disability Awareness Night" at Fenway Park the Red Sox invited a young man with autism to perform the National Anthem but when he came down with a case of the giggles halfway through the fans of Boston showed their true colors and joined in to help him finish the song. This is fantastic video!
Jan 22, 2012:
The incidence of autism has increased an astounding 600 percent over the last 20 years. Science cannot say why, but researchers are beginning to look at the gut's microbial ecosystem for clues.
Jan 16, 2012:
For too long it has been assumed that autism is a tragedy, a disorder that leaves just a "shell" of a person. Here, five members of the autism community come forward to tell you that they can do anything and everything neurotypicals can do, they just do it a little differently.
Jan 12, 2012:
She was the most perfect baby girl. She never really had any problems, but I was noticing that she was not hitting her milestones like she should have .... CLICK to read the Full Story about Elizabeth.