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Category Archives: Advocacy
In the wake of the tragic shootings last week at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, parents everywhere are left struggling to make sense of the senseless violence that claimed 27 lives including 20 children. Many media accounts … Continue reading
In a small condo outside Disneyland, an Indian man I’d just met urged my son, my husband and I to eat the yogurt, lentils and hot naan bread his wife had prepared. Her long skirts swished as she served us, … Continue reading
Creativity can alleviate autism symptoms while expanding horizons… Art can play an important role in the lives of many children, teens, and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It can be therapeutic, and gives the individual with autism an avenue … Continue reading
Samuel Johnson, the crusty English literary critic, once defined a “classic” as any book that readers are still reading 50 years after its publication. We are now approaching the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, and it is still … Continue reading
My name is Ella. I have a brother named Kyle. I love him so much. My brother is 8 and I am 6½ years old. Me and Kyle play together on the swing set. We play on the playground at … Continue reading
Only 15% of adults with an autism spectrum disorder are in full-time employment. We want to show potential employers the diverse skill set that individuals with autism have and how they can contribute to the work force and build a … Continue reading
Dear Autism File readers… I’m Bella Tommey, 17-year-old sister to Billy, who was diagnosed with severe autism at the age of two and a half. Billy lost all speech after his diagnosis, and we lost any kind of communication we … Continue reading
After homeschooling my autistic daughter for five years, I wonder … would Pamela have ‘met’ Stephen Foster, Mary Cassatt, A.A. Milne and Laura Ingalls Wilder in special education? Would she have gone to a sleep-over last winter? Would 35 children … Continue reading
I was really excited to have the chance to meet Stephen Wiltshire at his London Art Gallery. Stephen is 33 and has autism; he was born to West Indian parents in London. He was mute and at the age of … Continue reading