I will be his co-pilot

Last week I began designing an 8th grade recognition ad for Hunter’s school yearbook. I wanted to put a baby picture of him in it, so I began searching through tons of old photos. I found my favorite picture of this sweet boy at the age of 18 months with bright eyes and a glowing […]

Autism advocate pushes for more programs and services in the Philippines – w/video

San Francisco — A Filipino-American autism advocate based in San Francisco is pushing for more programs and services to help children with autism in the Philippines. Autism Hearts Foundation co-founder Erlinda Borromeo hopes to push for more assistance for children with ASD in the country after seeing firsthand that many cases of autism in the […]

Asian Autism providers set to merge in order to improve services for those with ASD

Singapore – Four autism service providers will be joining forces in order to establish a new network geared towards aiding those on the spectrum. The new organization was launched on April 7 in honour of World Autism Awareness Day and will be officially called Autism Network Singapore. As a result, the four providers which include […]

World Autism Awareness Day at the United Nations

What a difference a year can make!  Remember when I wrote about April being devoted to “autism awareness” last year?  (See “April and Autism,” 4/4/14).  I shared my conviction that a single month of “awareness” was absurdly insufficient to resolve the complex issues of a growing epidemic that currently affects 1 out of 68 babies.  […]

The Jamaica Autism Support Association provides help for families in need

Jamaica, WI – The Jamaica Autism Support Association (JASA) is a support group that provides families of those with autism with a valuable resource, enabling them to not only gain access to information but receive critical emotional support as well. Both parents and grandparents attend the meetings  with many choosing to participate in them in […]

Health experts in India demand more inclusive school policies for students with autism

India – Parents of children with autism are speaking out regarding the lack of inclusive special education policies and accommodations that currently exist within the country’s school system. Many of them including P. Malar, are often forced to bring their children to over half a dozen schools in hopes of enrolling their young ones into […]

Understanding Autism – Tips for Teens by a Teen

The following is a guest post by Alexandra Jackman, who is an autism advocate and documentary film maker. We reported On Alexandra last March, our report can be read here. Alex Jackman is a 15-year-old autism advocate and the writer and director of the documentary, A Teen’s Guide to Understanding and Communicating with People with […]

Parents of children with autism in UAE speak out to raise autism awareness

Dubai — Parents of children with autism in the UAE spoke of the daily challenges they face in raising children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in a bid to raise awareness on the developmental condition. As the World Autism Awareness Day draws near, parents like Atiq Mubarak, father to six children— five of them on […]

Autism, Actually

April is Autism Awareness Month, and April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day, so today in particular, we’re going to address reality about autism. Namely, the fact that awareness isn’t reality, and more to the point does little to help those who are actually autistic. To be aware is great, but to accept the autistic […]

What World Autism Awareness Day means to me as a parent

Well April is here and tomorrow is World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). Many people within the autism community state that every day is Autism Awareness Day, which is true, but I think that if we have a designated day especially to raise autism awareness and acceptance, then why not embrace it? It’s all good! I hope […]