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Autism Speaks Co-Founder on the Nonprofit's Success in Policy Change

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.

Autism Awareness Month: Autism Statistics & How You Can Help

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.

One Mom Asks Us To Imagine What Life Is Like For A Child With Autism

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.

Chapel Haven Wins National Award for Autism Program

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.

Homegrown Heroes: Making Waves

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.

10 Ways to Help Build Your Son's Self-Esteem When He Has ADHD

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.

The Links Among Autism, Epilepsy, and Behavior

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.

Where to Watch Sensory Friendly Films in the NYC Area

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.

Chapel Haven Receives Grant For Successful Program For Adults On The Autism Spectrum

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.

A Long Island Mom and Author Helps Explain Autism to Kids

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.

Heeling Autism Guide Dogs Help Kids With Autism In Westchester

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.

Do's and Don'ts for Mainstreaming Your Child with ASD

Do's and Don'ts for Mainstreaming Your Child with ASD

Mainstreaming can be especially difficult for children with autism spectrum disorder because they face socialization, communication, and engagement challenges. Here are 10 tips for mainstreaming a child with ASD, including choosing a school and advocating for your child.

Melville Family Hosts T Off 4 Autism

Melville Family Hosts T Off 4 Autism

Six years ago, a Long Island family founded T Off 4 Autism. This year, the annual golf fundraiser and auction dinner raised $170,000 for autism research.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Make My Child with Autism Feel More Comfortable Riding the School Bus?

Ask the Expert: How Can I Make My Child with Autism Feel More Comfortable Riding the School Bus?

For kids on the autism spectrum, riding the bus to school can be an overwhelming and uncomfortable sensory experience. A local expert explains how parents can help make the ride more manageable.

Autism Speaks Launches School Community Tool Kit 2.0

Autism Speaks Launches School Community Tool Kit 2.0

Autism Speaks' new School Community Tool Kit 2.0 is a resource meant to help classmates, teachers, and other school staff to better understand students on the autism spectrum and how to support them.

Why Are Children on the Autism Spectrum More Vulnerable to Bullying?

Why Are Children on the Autism Spectrum More Vulnerable to Bullying?

Children with ASD and other special needs diagnoses are prime targets for bullying. "Bully," a powerful film now out in theaters, and the book tie-in reveal compelling research and survey results.

Homegrown Heroes: The Heart of an Advocate

Homegrown Heroes: The Heart of an Advocate

Westchester County teen Nick Lombardi has spent the past eight years advocating for autism awareness, his efforts reaching local and national families alike and benefiting Autism Speaks. And it all started with a trip to the mall.

Toys R Us Shines a Light for Autism

Toys R Us Shines a Light for Autism

Toys R Us has joined Autism Speaks to increase awareness about autism and raise funds for the cause during Autism Awareness Month. Find out how you can help.

Marking April Autism Awareness Month

Marking April Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism Speaks lit the way with the third annual “Light It Up Blue” campaign on April 2. We mark the occasion with a section of tools, inspiration, and hope.

Warning Signs of Autism

Warning Signs of Autism

The warning signs are as varied as the number of children affected by autism. There are no known biological markers or medical test to diagnose autism and the cause remains unknown. Here are three major criteria a child should exhibit for a diagnosis of autism.

Autism Speaks Lights It Up Blue

Autism Speaks Lights It Up Blue

In honor of United Nations World Autism Awareness Day (April 2), Autism Speaks shines a light on the prevalence of autism and the issues surrounding the developmental disorder with its third annual "Light It Up Blue" campaign, a global initiative.

An Inspirational Story of Temple Grandin

An Inspirational Story of Temple Grandin

A new book by best-selling author Sy Montgomery tells the inspirational story of Temple Grandin, one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people and a passionate advocate for autism.

How to Prevent Weight Gain in Kids with Autism

How to Prevent Weight Gain in Kids with Autism

More than half of children with autism spectrum disorders are overweight, at risk for diabetes or cardiovascular disease, or have bone and joint problems. Creating a regular exercise routine that mimics play is essential to improve health issues in the long run.

New Book Features Artwork by Individuals on the Spectrum

New Book Features Artwork by Individuals on the Spectrum

A new book, The Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions by Debra Hosseini, showcases the artwork of individuals on the spectrum, illustrating what can result when people on the spectrum tap into their unique perceptions of the world.

Support 'Autistic Like Me: A Father's Perspective': Read, Donate, Engage

Support 'Autistic Like Me: A Father's Perspective': Read, Donate, Engage

'Autistic Like Me: A Father’s Perspective' is a feature documentary film directed by Charles Jones, chronicling the journey of five fathers whose children have all been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. We interviewed Jones and Anthony Merkerson, a Queens father featured in the film, and featured excerpts of the interview in our April issue. Here we feature the full transcript, an opportunity to support the film, and information about a special screening hosted by the ALM Outreach Campaign.




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