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The Future of Alternative Housing for Adults With Autism
Though they want independence, most individuals on the spectrum require some form of live-in assistance, severely narrowing options for alternative housing. The ABLE Act aims to ease financial strains faced by adults with disabilities. (read the story...)

Everyday Heroes: Meet Matthew Futterman
This Long Islander, who has autism, courageously crossed the finish line of his 26-mile dream. Matthew started running when he found it calmed his anxiety, and with the help of a dedicated coach, he completed the New York City Marathon. (read the story...)

To My Son's Future Partner
With a sense of wonder, abiding love, and concern, a Manhattan mother of a child who has autism envisions the significant other he will one day—hopefully—have. (read the story...)

Introducing: AutisMate
An NYC computer scientist was inspired to create AutisMate, an award-winning app that helps people with autism communicate, by his younger brother who has autism. Discover how this research-supported tool may be life-changing for your child, too. (read the story...)

No Apologies
When one mom realized she didn't owe strangers an explanation, a defense, or an apology when it came to her son's actions, she found she helped empower her son with autism. Linda Kimpton explains helping her 7-year-old son navigate life with no apologies. (read the story...)

Homegrown Hero: Bronx Blogger Helps Dispel Special Needs Stigmas
Through her blog Autism Wonderland, Bronx writer Lisa Quinones, who is also the parent of a child with autism, helps dispel special needs stigmas in the Latino community. She's also a hero for following her own dream while raising a child with special needs. (read the story...)

14th Street Y Offers Fitness Classes for Kids with Special Needs
The 14th Street Y in NYC's East Village offers the KOL Program, which includes sports, fitness, movement, and music classes for kids with autism and communication disorders or language delays. (read the story...)

Study on Autism Shows Link Between Motor Skills and Social Skills
Communicating can be difficult for children with autism spectrum disorder, but a new study shows a link between social interaction and motor skills. Researchers believe that helping children with autism develop motor skill will also improve their social skills. (read the story...)

Los Ninos Expands Early Intervention Services to Staten Island
Los Ninos, which provides on-site and in-home ABA services for young children with autism and developmental delays, has taken over the organization formerly known as CHIP on Staten Island, where it will expand its early intervention services. (read the story...)

Four-Legged Friends Help Kids With Special Needs
Service dogs aren’t just for the blind—they are more commonly being used to assist children with autism (and a variety of other disorders) in surprising ways. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: What Is Martial Arts Therapy and How Can it Help My Child?
Dr. Alisha Griffith-Berkeley, co-founder of a specialized martial arts program in Brooklyn, explains what martial arts therapy is and how it can help children with special needs such as autism, ADHD, and sensory issues. (read the story...)

Researchers Discover How Brain Circuits Can Become Miswired During Development, What That Might Mean
Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have uncovered a mechanism that guides the exquisite wiring of neural circuits in a developing brain -- gaining unprecedented insight into the faulty circuits that may lead to brain disorders ranging from autism to mental retardation. (read the story...)

Autism Speaks Honors Mothers of Autism Community at Luncheon in NYC
Autism Speaks celebrated mothers of the autism community at a luncheon in New York City on Wednesday, May 1 with special guest Dee Ocleppo, the nonprofit's national board member, fashion designer, and former model. (read the story...)

Ask The Expert: What Challenges Make it More Difficult for Children with Autism to Stay Fit?
Children with disabilities and special health care needs are more likely to be overweight or obese. Louise Weadock, founder of sensory gym WeeZee, The World of "Yes I Can," discusses fitness obstacles for children with special needs and the physical and social benefits of sensory integration. (read the story...)

Autism Speaks Co-Founder on the Nonprofit's Success in Policy Change
Autism Speaks co-founder Bob Wright highlights the successful initiatives achieved by the nonprofit on various policy changes after working with Governor Andrew Cuomo and other legislators in Washington, D.C. (read the story...)

Autism Awareness Month: Autism Statistics & How You Can Help
Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism and science organization and it lights the way to make this April's Autism Awareness month better than ever. Learn autism statistics and how you can help increase awareness of this growing disorder. (read the story...)

One Mom Asks Us To Imagine What Life Is Like For A Child With Autism
In honor of Autism Awareness Month, we ask that you sit quietly and really — really — try to imagine how it is for some children to exist, as described by a mom who knows all too well. This is what life is like for a child who has autism. (read the story...)

Chapel Haven Wins National Award for Autism Program
Chapel Haven, a nonprofit program in New Haven, CT, that helps adults on the autism spectrum to lead independent lives, received an award from Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism that includes a $5,000 grant. (read the story...)

Homegrown Heroes: Making Waves
A couple on Long Island volunteers to teach children with autism how to surf through Surfers Healing, a daylong surfing camp for children with autism that was founded by former competitive surfer Israel "Izzy" Paskowitz and his wife Danielle. (read the story...)

10 Ways to Help Build Your Son's Self-Esteem When He Has ADHD
With boys affected by ADHD, many have low self-esteem. Authors of "Raising Boys with ADHD" share tips on how parents can help their sons strengthen and build their self-esteem. (read the story...)

The Links Among Autism, Epilepsy, and Behavior
Research on autism show how it may be linked to epilepsy and how it affects behavior. An NYC specialist investigates the connections among autism, epilepsy, and behavior, and shares what can be learned from these links. (read the story...)

Where to Watch Sensory Friendly Films in the NYC Area
For a child or anyone with sensory issues, the high volumes and bright screens of a movie theater can be scary and unpleasant. Autism Society and AMC Loews Theaters bring Sensory-Friendly Films, special screenings of new family movies that everyone can enjoy at the movie theater. Catch a sensory-friendly film at a theater near you in New York or Fairfield County, Connecticut. (read the story...)

Chapel Haven Receives Grant For Successful Program For Adults On The Autism Spectrum
Chapel Haven has received a prestigious national award for its innovative and successful program for individuals on the autism spectrum. Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism, an initiative with the mission to support the growing number of people on the autism spectrum who are moving into adulthood, bestowed Chapel Haven with its first AFAA Applauds award. (read the story...)

A Long Island Mom and Author Helps Explain Autism to Kids
A Long Island mom and author of a 10-year-old boy who has autism shares tips on how to help classmates, typical siblings, family, and friends understand autism, and how to stay positive in the process. (read the story...)

Heeling Autism Guide Dogs Help Kids With Autism In Westchester
A pioneer in the guide dog field, Guiding Eyes for the Blind is now assisting children with autism and their families. The nonprofit recently welcomed five parents from across the region to their headquarters in Yorktown Heights for a special graduation ceremony where they celebrated their children’s new autism service dogs. (read the story...)


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