Raising Awareness through “The Gift of Autism”

Diego Raf Diaz has a dream. He wants to use his talent as an animator to tell the real stories of autistic people. He's calling it, "The Gift of Autism." Diego was diagnosed with autism at an early age. He says that watching videos had a huge impact on him, especially Pinocchio and the Land Before Time. The characters were his friends. It was his love for these shows and his talent for drawing that turned his attention towards creating animations. Now he wants to use his creativity and passion to make a difference in the world for those with … [Read more...]

Two Special Moms Create Something Special for Special Needs Kids

Explaining Your Child's Special Needs to Kids Take two moms, Kate Ryan (on left) and Heather McCarthy (on right), friends who also happen to be teachers. Add their ingenuity and desire to teach children that special needs children are no different than anyone else. Mix in their aspirations as children's authors with a mission "to spread the message of acceptance and kindness through personalized picture books.” What do you get? The formula for something really special! Introduce yourselves and tell us more about your mission: We are both … [Read more...]

The “Littlest Inventor” Solves His Sensory Overload!

Mandi Mathis a practicing attorney in Athens, Georgia, mother of two boys, and serves on the Butterfly Dreams Farm Therapeutic Riding Program’s Board of Directors. She was introduced to the world of autism while running through the grocery store at a full sprint with her youngest son, Sawyer, tucked under her arm like a football while he was screaming at the top of his lungs. He was experiencing sensory overload. Soon after, he was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome and Sensory Processing Disorder. Mandi says that teaching Sawyer how to comfort, … [Read more...]

The Remarkable Courage of “Being Seen”

Anlor Davin is an autistic French woman and Zen student. Medication opened the door for friendships, purpose and self-discoveries that have helped her thrive. This fall she will be leading a monthly meditation group in San Rafael, California to help others on the spectrum find their Zen. Anlor has just released the story of her life in Being Seen, Memoir of an Autistic Mother, Immigrant, and Zen Student. Tell us about your book, Being Seen. The book is my memoir, about me a French woman with autism struggling not only to be seen, but to … [Read more...]

An Enjoyable Journey Through Autism!

Dr. Sharon Mitchell, a mom to an adult son with autism, has worked in schools as a teacher, counselor and consultant for over 30 years. Her Master’s and Doctorate degrees focused on autism and she has shared her insights with thousands through workshops and seminars across the country. Sharon has co-authored the Amazon bestseller, The Official Autism 101 Manual, but it’s her “School Daze” series that caught my attention. She wanted to use storytelling instead of scientific journals as a way to help people understand autism. Each of her books in … [Read more...]

‘Beyond Rain Man’ Shines a Light on Autism

Anne K. Ross is the pen name for an award-winning writer and school psychologist with three decades of experience working in public schools in Northern California. Her latest book, Beyond Rainman, has been endorsed by NY Times best-selling authors on autism-related topics including Temple Grandin, Graeme Simsion, and Tony Attwood, Ph.D. Anne lets the reader take a peek behind her professional side on a more personal journey about her own family's autism experience. Tell us about your book, "Beyond Rain Man." Although one child in 68 is … [Read more...]

‘Amy is Aumazing’ An Autistic Adventure

Paula Powers is  a new children’s picture book author and also a single, full-time working mom to a young son with autism. She's wanted to write children’s books since she was young and now was the time to make that dream come true. What will she claim as her greatest reward? Inspiring young readers and having them take away life lessons from her books. Her first release is the delightful Amy is Aumazing. Tell us about your book. Meet Amy, an almost 6 year old kindergartner who is gifted and talented and also is autistic. She tells the … [Read more...]

#ImpactfulBlog: Parenting Asperger’s Blog

The Parenting Asperger’s Blog by Dave Angel shares a mix of inspirational stories, solutions, strategies and occasional humorous outbursts for parents of children with Asperger’s. Your blog: Parenting Asperger’s Blog Your City, Country: Portsmouth, UK What inspired you to write a blog: When I first began working with a family with a child who has Asperger’s (over 10 years ago) there was a lack of easy-to-read and –easy-to-relate information online. So I decided to start sharing questions and answer posts on my blog – and it has grown from … [Read more...]

On the Edge of Gone: Whose Lives Matter Most?

Corinne Duyvis was born, raised and currently living in Amsterdam. She's the author of Otherbound, a young adult fantasy novel that received rave reviews. Her latest book, On the Edge of Gone, is a young adult science fiction novel released this March and is also racking up the accolades. Both are published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS. I first "virtually" met Corinne when I interviewed her about Disability in Kidlit, a website she co-founded with author Kody Keplinger which discusses the portrayal of disabled characters in children’s … [Read more...]

Living, Loving and Laughing with Aspergers

Dave Angel has worked with children, adults and families with a variety of differences for over 20 years in the social care field. In the past 10 years he has been supporting parents of children with Aspergers online through his Parenting Aspergers Community, blog,  and, more recently, his daily email tips to parents. He recently released a free e-book, Living, Loving and Laughing with Aspergers. Tell us about your book. It’s a collection of short stories which all relate to parenting children with Aspergers. They are –hopefully - … [Read more...]