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Why I advocate for Direct Support Professionals

"...I believe that grandparents (who often have the time and resources that working parents may not have) serve an important role which extends far outside the borders of their own families: to fight on behalf of this dedicated faction of people who care for those with disabilities." This guest blog post was written by Kit Peterson,...

I'm glad 'Atypical' Season 2 addressed this crucial autism topic

"Police and other members of the law enforcement community certainly need to understand the common presentations of autism as well as how to safely interact with autistic individuals, but, we parents need to do our part too." This blog post was written by Kathy Hooven, mother to a son with autism. You can read more about Kathy...

I was bullied because I was different, here is my advice

Students: please keep a watchful eye on students around you. Many suffer in silence... Ethan Hirschberg is a seventeen-year-old on the autism spectrum. He started a blog called The Journey Through Autism where he shares his personal experiences, insights, and advice.  I had worked up the courage. I was finally going to ask my...

I was bullied because I was different, here is my advice

Students: please keep a watchful eye on students around you. Many suffer in silence... Ethan Hirschberg is a seventeen-year-old on the autism spectrum. He started a blog called The Journey Through Autism where he shares his personal experiences, insights, and advice.  I had worked up the courage. I was finally going to ask my...

Coding and autism: Learning the skills I need to start a tech career

"Being exposed to what happens at a company from top to bottom, all the steps in a project, this is exactly the kind of exposure and introduction I needed. 'Hi tech industry, I've heard a lot about you. my name is Peter, nice to meet you.'" This guest blog post is by Peter M. Souza Jr. He is 34-years old, from California. At...

Tips that helped my son transition out of school and to the workplace

"David has developed a unique teaching style and assembled the tools and supports necessary for him to shine in a role that he is passionate about and honored to take on. The extra time, effort, and transitional experiences were a stellar investment that will undoubtedly enhance his success!" This guest blog post is by Sandy Petrovic....

I have autism & I turned my passion for sports into my dream job

"I want to do more than share my story. I want to become an ambassador for the autism community and a mentor for aspiring sports professionals. I want to continue enduring obstacles and improve my interpersonal skills." Intro: My name is Tyler Marcotte, I’m 24-years old from Plymouth, Massachusetts. At 9, I was diagnosed with...

What being in an inclusion class taught my daughter with autism

"If I were you, I would take the opportunity that the inclusion class offers. The opportunity to grow, the opportunity to flourish, the opportunity to live a better life for having a disabled child in it." This guest post is written by Elizabeth North, a busy mom of 5 who is walking a new path raising a daughter with Autism...

How Taylor Swift helped my son with autism get a service dog

"We are so thankful to Taylor Swift, her mom, and all our friends and family for helping us get this life-changing dog for Jacob. He absolutely adores Reid and we can tell they are a perfect match." This guest post is written by Allison Hill. Allison has her Master’s in Special Education and Elementary Education and is passionate...

The special moment when I explained my painting to Joe Biden

"It was an incredible experience and I will never forget how kind Vice President Biden was to me. His kindness is probably what impressed me the most." This guest post is by Sarah Redding. Sarah was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2-1/2. She is a graduate of the Autism Spectrum Program of Howell HS. Today Sarah is a participant...

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