My Dream for a Safe-Haven Home for the Autistic

By Rowan Nelsen Autism in South Africa Autism is a prevalent topic of conversation in South Africa. With the burden of HIV, Malaria and other diseases, mental health is very much neglected. There are many families, like mine, with loved ones on the autism spectrum who worry about their futures. As a society, autism is highly misunderstood. We have a huge shortage of places where those with autism can go once they reach adulthood. Few Solutions for Autistic Adults There are some private residential homes for adult autistic males but none … [Read more...]

My Inner Strength and Willpower Will Get Me Through!

By Sean Sullivan I have autism, and I am very proud of this fact. I think of my autism as a gift and super power! My autism has helped me understand others feelings. For example, since I am autistic I know what the pain of being bullied is. For the most part people who have disabilities are treated like freaks by others...and for immature, belligerent, and oppressive reasons such as feeling superior or for entertainment. The kind of disability you have will likely determine what people say to you and what actions people take towards … [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...]

It’s an Autism Thing…I’ll Help You Understand

Emma Dalmayne is a mother to six  childen. "Some are diagnosed while others are not but all are gloriously neurodiverse," says Emma who home educates the youngest two, one of who has complex special needs. Emma began writing a year ago and found the reaction from her readers to be very positive. She writes a monthly column her on Geek Club Books and has also been published on The Mighty, Autism Daily Newscast, Special Needs Jungle and Autistic Spectrum Digest. She's found her passion for helping and educating parents and professionals about … [Read more...]

This is Some Village!

Last week I went to OCALICON, which is one of the biggest (if not the biggest) annual autism conference in the country. It's one of the best things I do all year. I got to speak three times this year, including my first big solo session…90 minutes presenting to mostly professionals about how their language around autism affects the kids who are hearing it. I also spoke on a panel as part of the AGI Young Leaders with my amazing advocate friends. The third day, I spoke with a dear friend and mentor to a smaller group about medical … [Read more...]

Autism Employment and the EIN

Editor’s Note: Paula Powers is a single mom raising a young autistic son. Our family’s story about starting Geek Club Books inspired her to want to start her own company to employ autistic adults. She wants to part of the movement to empower through meaningful autism employment! Starting a company is no small undertaking. There are highs and lows, milestones reached and setbacks too—it takes patience, persistence and determination to make it happen. Since Paula is starting at ground zero, we asked her to chronicle her journey as we can all … [Read more...]