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  1. Rhodes Scholar’s Mother Helped Him With Autism...

    January 2, 2017- "Rhodes Scholar’s Mother Helped Him With Autism Breakthrough"- Jory Fleming, a 22 year old with autism, was awarded the Rhodes Scholarhip and will be attending the University of Oxford in England. Jory's mother, Kelly, tirelessly helped her son learn in a way that worked for him and through persistence he was able to earn a series of scholarships including the Rhodes.

    • Jan 04 2017 11:05 AM
    • by National Autism Network
  2. Waukesha police seek missing, non-verbal 10-yea...

    October 2, 2016 - "Waukesha police seek missing, non-verbal 10-year-old boy with autism"- Andrew Ounkham, a 10-year-old boy with autism who is non-verbal, went missing on Sunday afternoon and was last seen running into a large corn field behind his house. First responders utilizing K-9 officers, a drone, a fire engine ladder and heat sensing technology in their search.

    • Oct 03 2016 10:06 AM
    • by National Autism Network
  3. Boy writes heartfelt letter to teacher about hi...

    September 30, 2016 - "Boy writes heartfelt letter to teacher about his struggles with autism and ADHD"- An eight year old boy with autism from North Carolina wrote a letter to his teacher wishing that she knew three things about him. He wrote "I wish that they knew that I am autistic. I wish that my teach knew that I need help on a lot of things like my handwriting. I wish that my teacher know that I have a depressed life sometimes. I wish my teacher knew that I am not being defiant, I am overwhelmed, shutting down."  His mother hopes his letter encourages other children and parents to keep fighting.

    • Sep 30 2016 08:05 AM
    • by National Autism Network
  4. Mom's Intimate Photos Capture Son's Exp...

    September 28, 2016 - "Mom's Intimate Photos Capture Son's Experience Growing Up With Autism" - Photographer Ashleigh Raddatz, shares 22 beautiful images of her son, August, growing up with Autism.  She shares that "the project has opened [my] her eyes in so many ways- I have continuously thought to myself, 'My gosh, if parents could see their special needs child through photographs the way that I am seeing mine now, it could help bring them so much clarity and peace'".

    • Sep 30 2016 07:54 AM
    • by National Autism Network
  5. Autism Not A Barrier for 16-Year-Old College Fr...

    September 13, 2016- "Autism Not A Barrier for 16-Year-Old College Freshman"- Ben Liske, a 16-year-old from Nashville, Tennessee, received a $200,000 four-year Presidential Scholarship to attend Trinity College in Hartford. Angel Perez, Trinity College's vice president of enrollment, said of Ben-

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    "We were just really inspired by his story. And as we started talking about his personal character, we said not only do we think he's great and academically a rock star, we need to give him a scholarship. Our Presidential Scholarship is not just about being top in the class"

    • Sep 14 2016 08:29 AM
    • by National Autism Network
  6. Florida State player's incredible gesture w...

    August 31, 2016- "Florida State player's incredible gesture will bring you to tears"- Travis Rudolph, football player for the Florida State Seminoles, pulled up a chair next to a middle school student eating alone at Montford Middle School in Tallahassee. What he didn't know was this child had Autism and often ate by himself. It is small gestures like this that can have a lasting impact.

    • Sep 02 2016 10:19 AM
    • by National Autism Network
  7. Pekin Native Scales Kilimanjaro to Make a Point

    July 30, 2016- "Pekin Native Scales Kilimanjaro to Make a Point"- When Becci Monge's daughter Emilia, who is on the autism spectrum, came home from her private school distraught over how hard her schoolwork was, Becci and her friend had an epiphany which led them to climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Becci climbed Africa's tallest peak as an example that the seemingly impossible can become a reality if you work hard enough at it. The article details the journey of Becci and her "She-Trekker" companions as they navigated the harsh terrain up and down the towering mountain.

    • Aug 01 2016 10:29 AM
    • by brian
  8. Single Mom's Search for Therapist Foiled by...

    July 28, 2016- "Single Mom's Search for Therapist Foiled by Insurance Companies"- This article begins with one family unable to access insurance coverage, but quickly delves into the larger issues that prevented more than half of the 43 million Americans suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions from receiving help. Reasons varied from not being able to afford it, being embarrassed to ask for help, and an inability to navigate through the red tape. The recent 2008 Mental Health Parity Act was supposed to quell these issues, such as preventing insurance companies  from charging higher copays or setting up separate deductibles for mental health care. The article concludes with a disheartening breakdown of what happens when they tried to contact 100 psychologists in San Francisco and were only able to find 8 psychologists with appointments after regular work hours.

    • Jul 29 2016 09:13 AM
    • by brian
  9. The Internet is Loving This 8-Year-Old's Il...

    July 15, 2016- "The Internet is Loving This 8-Year-Old's Illustration Explaining Autism"- Cadence is an eight year old from Australia with autism. Her recent drawing has been shared over 1,000 time since it was posted to Facebook. It asks: “Why do people call Autism a label?” To demonstrate her point further, she juxtaposes the ingredients of a tomato can to herself, a child with autism, illustrating that individuals with autism are made up of the same "ingredients" as every other human being. Readers may also recall another time Cadence recently made headline by penning a letter asking “Does autism make me bad?.”  

    • Jul 15 2016 10:30 AM
    • by brian
  10. Armani Williams Inspires as a Race Driver with...

    July 13, 2016- "Armani Williams Inspires as a Race Driver with Autism"-  Armani Williams, a 16-year-old high school junior with autism, is currently leading the rankings for Rookie of the Year in the ARCA Truck Series. The rookie’s meteoric rise has put him on the fast track to becoming a NASCAR driver. In fact, Williams has already become the highest finishing African American in the history of the ARCA Truck Series. Diagnosed at age 2, Williams understands the social difficulties that can accompany autism. In every city that holds a race, Williams reaches out to connect with a local autism association to provide them with free tickets and the opportunity to spend the day at the track. Readers can watch a brief local news clip profiling Williams within this article.

    • Jul 15 2016 10:00 AM
    • by brian
  11. Boy with Autism Shatters Stereotypes, Takes Wor...

    July 12, 2016- "Boy with Autism Shatters Stereotypes, Takes World Title in Taekwondo"- Ethan Fineshriber was diagnosed at age 3. At age 11 he has won his first World Title in Taekwondo this past June at the ATA World Championship. As Ethan participated in taekwondo he learned to hone his focus, self-discipline, self-confidence, and determination. Ethan owes his success in a large part to his mother, Mara, who encouraged him to participate in sports for exercise and as a medium for interacting with others.

    • Jul 14 2016 10:21 AM
    • by brian
  12. Aphex Twin Enlists Young Boy with Autism to Dir...

    July 11, 2016- "Aphex Twin Enlists Young Boy with Autism to Direct his Latest Music Video"- When Richard D. James, the Irish-born artist who performs under the alias Aphex Twin, saw 12-year-old Ryan Wyer’s self-made music video to his song Minipops, he and Warp Records reached out to Wyer to direct the official music video for one of the singles off his new EP entitled Cheetah. When asked to comment, Ryan stated “Warp and Rich told me to do what I do best, that’s all.” Ryan’s mother, Marie, says Ryan expresses himself best through music and thanked the artist for making her son’s dreams come true. Readers can watch the final cut of the video within this article.

    • Jul 13 2016 09:24 AM
    • by brian
  13. Merrimack Fire and Police Departments Throw Bir...

    July 8, 2016- "Merrimack Fire and Police Departments Throw Birthday Party for Autistic Boy"- Members of the Merrimack Fire/Rescue and Police Department are getting some positive recognition for the birthday party they threw Austin, a little boy with autism. During the celebration, Austin had the privilege of climbing the vehicles and playing with the loudspeaker. In a Facebook post capturing the event, which can be found within this article, Austin’s mom praises the department workers for making Austin’s birthday “the best day ever.”

    • Jul 11 2016 10:52 AM
    • by brian
  14. Owen Suskind and Gilbert Gottfried on The View:...

    June 28, 2016- "Owen Suskind and Gilbert Gottfried on The View: Discuss New Documentary 'Life, Animated'"-  In this 5 minute clip of daytime TV’s The View, Owen Suskind, his mother Cornelia, and comedian Gilbert Gottfried are interviewed by The View co-hosts regarding the new documentary “Life, Animated.” The movie recounts how Owen, who was diagnosed with regressive autism at age 3, learned to communicate and understand the world through Disney films. Gottfried, who memorably voiced Jafar’s wise-cracking parrot sidekick Iago in Owen’s favorite movie Aladdin, formed a relationship with Owen. In this interview, an animated clip shows how Owen’s dad first communicated with Owen by imitating Iago and initiating conversation with Owen through an Iago hand puppet.

    • Jun 29 2016 02:50 PM
    • by brian
  15. Man with Autism Finishes 220-Mile Run across Ohio

    June 27, 2016- "Man with Autism Finishes 220-Mile Run across Ohio"- Tyler Aldrich, a young man with autism, recently ran 20 miles a day, for a total of 220 miles, across the state of Ohio to raise money for The Make it Fit Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by autism. In addition to raising thousands of dollars, Tyler will be honored at the Great American Ball Park before a noon game, serving as the honorary grand marshal of the pregame parade.

    • Jun 29 2016 10:36 AM
    • by brian
  16. WRA Senior Hopes Idea Inspired by Brother can B...

    June 22, 2016- "WRA Senior Hopes Idea Inspired by Brother can Become MIT Program Star"-  Paul Schumacher is spending part of his summer at the MIT launch program, which is a “business incubator” for high school startups. Paul, who already started a company called Star Room, which is described as an end-to-end solution for children with autism and sensory processing disorders to seek release from their symptoms, is also in the process of developing a special chair that will simulate a mother’s hug and calm down a children who is overstimulated. Paul is inspired by his brother, Andrew, and hopes that one day soon his chairs will be available in public schools to help children with autism grow their social skills and assist them in a public school setting.

    • Jun 23 2016 09:14 AM
    • by brian
  17. Using Poetry to Give Young Adults with Disabili...

    June 12, 2016- "Using Poetry to Give Young Adults with Disabilities a Voice"- A poetry class at Arlington County’s Program for Employment Preparedness recently had a recital. Of the 42 students in the program, 13 stood on stage in front of an audience of their peers, parents, and educators who watched eagerly as they recited their prose. The event caught the eye of U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera who was quoted in the program as saying “I am so honored to hear that you are creating poetry!” Students from the class not only learned more about poetry, but came to learn and understand their peers better.

    • Jun 14 2016 09:52 AM
    • by brian
  18. Autism's Advocate: From Non-Verbal to Publi...

    June 9, 2016- "Autism's Advocate: From Non-Verbal to Public Speaker"- Alexander Magnussen’s recent TEDx talk would not have been possible a decade ago. Alexander, a 28-year-old with autism, is living his dream of being a public speaker, a feat that seemed impossible ten years ago, when he struggled to make it through a single day without hitting himself or anyone else. During his speech, he discussed how difficult it is to express yourself with autism and how it wasn’t until age 25 that he was able to engage in public speaking. Alexander’s overall message to the crowd: Autism is something to be celebrated, not feared.

    • Jun 10 2016 09:38 AM
    • by brian
  19. Child Discovers 'Link' Between Vaccines...

    June 1, 2016- "Child Discovers 'Link' Between Vaccines, Autism"- A 12-year-old boy from Mexico posted a video exposing the link between autism and vaccines, based on his extensive research. However, when viewers watch the 2-minute video it shows Marco’s report is full of blank pages because, in his words, “there is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that vaccines are linked to autism in any way whatsoever.” As of now, the post has gone viral with 6.3 million views since May 24.

    • Jun 02 2016 09:25 AM
    • by brian
  20. I'm High-Functioning Autistic. Here's W...

    May 25, 2016- "I'm High-Functioning Autistic. Here's What the Neurodiversity Movement Gets Wrong."- This article, written by “high-functioning autistic” Gwendolyn Kansen, highlights the purpose of the neurodiversity movement and how she feels it fails to represent the entirety of the autism community. She believes that the neurodiversity movement can sometimes “gloss over how disabling [autism] can actually be.”

    • May 27 2016 12:33 PM
    • by brian
  21. Sam Allen, Young Man with Autism, Campaigns for...

    May 25, 2016- "Sam Allen, Young Man with Autism, Campaigns for Notice on Driver's Licenses"- Thanks to the efforts of Sam Allen, a 21-year-old with autism, and his mother, Jennifer, who is the founder and CEO of the nonprofit awareness and advocacy organization Aspergers101, the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) is promoting several new initiatives for drivers with autism. They collaborated with the TXDPS to spread the word about an optional “communication impediment” notice that can be placed on the back of driver’s license. It has been available to the public for a while now, but many people were unaware of it. The TXDPS will also offer additional training and education about ASDs for its officers and recruits, in addition to hosting a “Driving with Autism” camp in concert with Aspergers101.

    • May 27 2016 08:42 AM
    • by brian
  22. Teen from Randolph Autism School Wins State Art...

    May 24, 2016- "Teen from Randolph Autism School Wins State Art Contest"- Zachary Lortie, a 15-year-old with autism, has always had a knack for art, which is why it really wasn’t a big surprise when he won an art contest led by the Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools. Zachary’s sketch of the Massachusetts State House earned him first prize. Zachary presented his framed artwork as part of an award ceremony to state Rep. Garrett Bradley, for his continued advocacy of students with special needs at the 38ths annual MAAPS conference. To make the moment even more special, Zachary’s mother, Monica Lortie, and his two older sisters attended to the conference, as well as more than 700 special education teachers.

    • May 26 2016 09:06 AM
    • by brian
  23. Repetition Brings Calm, Beautiful Artwork

    May 23, 2016- "Repetition Brings Calm, Beautiful Artwork"- 12-year-old Nolan Cooley was diagnosed with autism at age 2, and since age 6 has been creating works of art through repetition. Through a business partnership, Nolan’s dad, Dom, teamed up with 9Five Eyewear to combine Nolan’s two passions: art and skateboarding. The 9FIVE x Nolan Cooley skateboard deck was recently developed and put on sale, with proceeds going to the Skating with kids through Acceptance, Therapy, and Education (A.Skate) Foundation. The first two runs of his limited-edition skate deck sold out immediately, bringing in $5,000 in just a few hours.

    • May 25 2016 08:51 AM
    • by brian
  24. Aspiring Teen Model Proves That Autism Won’t Ho...

    May 19, 2016- "Aspiring Teen Model Proves That Autism Won’t Hold Him Back"- RJ Peete, son of actress and autism advocate Holly Robinson Peete, was diagnosed with autism at age 3 and doctors told his parents that he likely wouldn’t achieve much. Today, the 18-year-old is blossoming in his new career as a male model. In addition to modeling, RJ has helped co-write a book about autism with his mother and twin sister. While his actions certainly speak louder than words, RJ still has a message for his peers on the spectrum: “To all the kids with autism out there, you can do anything you want to.”

    • May 23 2016 09:34 AM
    • by brian
  25. The Nonspeaking Teenager Wrote an Incredibly Pr...

    May 19, 2016- "The Nonspeaking Teenager Wrote an Incredibly Profound Letter Explaining Autism"- Non-verbal teenager Gordy Baylinson’s letter “is not a cry for pity,” but instead “a cry for attention, recognition, and acceptance.” Gordy’s emotional prose is a recent revelation as he has only been exposed to Rapid Prompting Method, a relatively new communication technique developed for people with severe autism, since February of 2015. Through this new communicative tool, Gordy’s parents are learning things about their son that have been locked away until recently. In addition to Gordy’s entire letter, readers are treated to an interview with him as well within this article.

    • May 20 2016 09:51 AM
    • by brian