7 Positive Ways to Do Autism Awareness

When will the need for autism awareness end? Never! Even as the public moves towards acceptance and inclusion for those on the spectrum...we will need to continue awareness education. Yes, what we will talk about will change because people will evolve in their understanding. But it's important that we keep the conversations going so we can demystify autism. No, our work as a community is not done. In fact, we are just beginning. Here are 7 positive ways that self-advocates, parents, and educators are spreading autism awareness: Give … [Read more...]

Why It’s Mandatory for Court Personnel to Be Autism Aware!

By Trish Ieraci Do we need all court personnel to be autism aware? When he was 13, my son with autism was subpoenaed to appear in court. He was a victim—A young man in school felt it was okay to hit my son, not once, but twice within the same week. Supposedly my son looked "funny" to him. The case was turned over to the State Attorney's Office. When we received the subpoena I knew that I had to prepare my son.  I advised him that we would have to go to court. The first words out of my son’s mouth were "I'm going to kill him.” I knew my … [Read more...]

A Mission of Kindness and Awareness for ALL!

Join our autism nonprofit and Someone Special Uniquely Personalized Books in spreading “Kindness and Awareness” by educating all children about children with autism and other special needs. We create autism awareness education and curriculum so parents and teachers can introduce important topics of autism in the inclusive classroom. Someone Special Books allows the parent or educator to further personalize the message of acceptance through their customizable picture books. Working in collaboration, we help children develop the compassion and … [Read more...]

Melissa and Max
The Puzzling Piece

**Don't forget to go to the end of this article and enter to win The Puzzling Piece "Acceptance from a different Angle" necklace.** Melissa Winter is a vibrant, positive force of nature when it comes to her family and her autism advocacy. Her oldest son, Max, is autistic and she and her husband do whatever it takes to make sure he has what he needs to flourish—even if that included uprooting and moving from New Jersey to South Florida. "It means more time in the sun, on playgrounds and in the pool. And the more time that I could see Max … [Read more...]

Emelie’s Voice
“Know you are not alone.”

The hardest thing about being a parent is when you don’t understand what is going on. When you are trying to help your child and comfort them and they are screaming like you are hurting them. When you see other kids shy away from your child because your child can’t pick up on the social cues and you don’t know how to explain what is going on. This was our reality with Emelie. For 11 years, we didn’t have a diagnosis that we could understand or make sense to her challenges. We couldn’t bridge that gap to help her navigate socially to find … [Read more...]

The Gift of ‘Leah’s Voice’

Communication comes in many forms and for the DeMonia family it's art. You see, the oldest daughter, Leah, is autistic and she expresses her emotions, her heart and her love through her art. And her parents and younger sister are doing everything in their power to make sure Leah has every opportunity to shine using her own artistic talents. Sarah is a compassionate advocate and 'voice' for her older sister and never hesitates to make people aware of autism and share the gift of Leah. Their special relationship inspired their mother, Lori … [Read more...]

Autimism: We’ve Only Just Begun!

Scroll down for our giveaway for iPad Mini, Nexus 7 tablet, gift cards and goodies. By Jodi Murphy One month. In one year. The positive autism movement began! Autimism (rhymes with optimism) an initiative to put forth positive views of autism to shift the paradigm from awareness to acceptance...from misperceptions, negative stereotypes, and stigmas to understanding...from can't to "Oh, yes we can (and will)!" We began with an official international greeting for World Autism Day by our Mighty League Autism Ambassador of Hope, Conner … [Read more...]

Autimism: This is Autism

Scroll down for our giveaway for iPad Mini, Nexus 7 tablet, gift cards and goodies. By Laura Henretty There is a 4 year old boy that lights up a room with his smile. His laughter is infectious, his hugs are tight and his kisses are wet! There is a 4 year old boy that loves to jump. He loves to go on a swing. He loves to go swimming and splash about in the water. There is a 4 year old boy who has big blue eyes that twinkle when you read him a story. He hears it twice and can then tell me the story back. He knows his alphabet, his … [Read more...]

Autimism: Making a Difference

Scroll down for our giveaway for iPad Mini, Nexus 7 tablet, gift cards and goodies. By Danny Taylor-Smith  One thing in particular that I just can't stress enough, is that people with Asperger's Syndrome, just like everybody else, are human beings with faults and flaws. I finished school, I study Film and Television at University, and I even won a Western Australian Screen Academy Award for Best Secondary Film. What I tend to lack at times is motivation. Usually, most ordinary people turn to friends and family for inspiration, but when … [Read more...]

Autimism: Paying It Forward

Scroll down for our giveaway for iPad Mini, Nexus 7 tablet, gift cards and goodies. By Denise Lane D’Ecclessis Fourteen years ago, the only thing I knew about Autism was based on the movie Rainman. I was 27 years old with a 5 year old and my life was pretty perfect in my eyes, as I was about to have my second son, Vincent. My family felt so complete and I never saw the bomb that was about to be dropped. As my family noticed changes, we immediately had him checked, and pretty much overnight I had a diagnosis of Autism. I was hurt, angry, … [Read more...]