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New federal guidance to promote inclusion in preschool

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Education issued joint federal guidance on inclusion of children with disabilities in early childhood programs. September 28, 2015 Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Education issued joint federal guidance on inclusion of children with disabilities in early childhood

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On the Road to Autism Insurance Reform: Are we there yet?

This summer, my family and I did a lot of road-driving.  We drove on one of the most beautiful roads I’ve even been on – the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire. We drove on a road that seemed interminable – I-95-North, from South Carolina to Massachusetts. (This drive permits a large quantity of “Are we there yets?”)  We drove a ridiculous number of toll

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My son with autism: 20 things I wish other travelers understood

“People with autism have special needs, especially when it comes to traveling. As the mother of a now adult child with autism, I have experienced both well-meaning and ill-intended comments from fellow travelers; mostly because people don’t understand this specific special need condition. Here are 20 things that I wish people knew…” This is a post by Margalit Sturm Francus, Autism TravelingMom.  In 2009, Margalit

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Remember not every disability is visible

I have autism. I am doing my best to function in a world that goes much faster than me. I might not look directly at you, but I still should be able to order a coffee. This guest blog post is by Ann Kagarise. Ann is a writer, self-advocate, photographer and assistant director at a school for children with autism. This was said to me at

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Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the autism community

In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) into law. The intention of ESEA was to achieve “full educational opportunity” for all students. Today, as Congress considers reauthorizing the ESEA, the disability community has the opportunity to build on the progress made for students with disabilities. August 17, 2015 In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Elementary

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Help! Tween with autism obsessed with food

Guidance for parents at their wit’s end from a feeding psychologist with the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network This week’s “Food for Thought” answer is by a child psychologist and feeding expert Robert Dempster, who works within the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN), at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio. Editor’s note: The following information is not meant to diagnose or treat and

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Woman with autism discovers her amazing voice

Annie Titus, 26, of Buffalo, New York, has found her passion — and purpose — in life: singing. July 16, 2015 Annie Titus, 26, of Buffalo, New York, has found her passion — and purpose — in life: singing. Titus has autism, and until two years ago was unsure what her path would be. Always interested in music, her mother enrolled her in weekly

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Camp encourages intensive play and learning for kids with autism

At Adam’s Camp Alaska, kids with autism spend five days learning, playing and growing with intensive therapies that are fun. July 14, 2015 At Adam’s Camp Alaska, kids with autism spend five days learning, playing and growing with intensive therapies that are fun. “They’re usually really excited because camp is really fun,” camp therapist James Weise told KTVA. ”But they don’t necessarily know what to

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Reflecting on ‘Inside Out’: What the movie taught both my son and me

“Because Tate and many with autism are visual thinkers, seeing emotions personified has helped him to understand feelings better than he has in the past…and I began to ponder at that point, what would it look like if I were able to illustrate those five emotions for Tate in the same way they had done in this movie?” The post below is by Lisa

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This Inspiring lawyer with autism will practice special education law

Erik Weber, an adult with autism, is making strides this week. After giving an oath of professional conduct before a panel of judges, he announced he would focus on special education law to help other people like him. June 10, 2015   Erik Weber, an adult with autism, is making strides this week. After giving an oath of professional conduct before a panel of

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