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A Film of Courage, A Headline of Fear

While April is National Autism Awareness Month—there were two significant headlines. First was the release of the documentary, Weediatrics. After three years of filming and writing and another year of the film’s distribution being met with resistance from various TV and Digital Executives…the broader public was able to see firsthand the pain, struggle, and darkness […]

Music Falls Flat: An Autism Mother’s Review

Movies are a way to escape.  That escapism can happen through humor, dialogue, character development, and dramatic plot lines. Movies are also a tool to tell stories about real life in a more dramatic, engaging way—and of course, in approximately and an hour and 45 minutes. But when art imitates life, especially when it comes […]

HOPE BEYOND AUTISM: Black History Month

My journey over the past five years has been, let’s say, colorful. For the first ten years of my son Leo’s life, I fought for survival, both his and my own. My dark-haired, chestnut-eyed firstborn started his battle when he was just 21 months old. It was a war raging inside his body and his […]

TikTok Creators Like Paige Layle Are Redefining Narratives About Autism

Creators like Paige Layle and Hedy Dolan are using TikTok to change perceptions of ADHD, autism, and other diagnoses. BY OLIVIA TUCKER JANUARY 20, 2021 Chloé Hayden realizes that she isn’t the stereotypical face of autism — but the Australian singer and actor is intent on changing public perceptions of what it means to be […]

How Having a Child With Autism Helps Me Ride Out the Pandemic

By Liane Kupferberg Carter Published Dec. 21, 2020Updated Dec. 22, 2020 My life has been filled with uncertainty for a long time, but my son has helped me stay flexible, adjust expectations and persevere. It feels like forever since we took up residence in the United States of Anxiety. As the months drag on, that […]

Small Study Links Biomarkers in Sperm to Child’s Autism Status With 90% Accuracy

DAVID NIELD 15 JANUARY 2021 Scientists have identified a series of human sperm biomarkers that can accurately predict the chances of the offspring having autism spectrum disorder (ASD) – a potentially important finding for better understanding and managing the condition. Although the study involved a small sample size of only 26 fathers, the strong correlation […]

Families Report Benefits Of Cats For Kids With Autism

SHARE THIS ARTICLE Facebook Twitter Email You are free to share this article under the Attribution 4.0 International license. UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI Cats may help increase empathy and decrease separation anxiety for children with autism, research finds. The findings could be useful for families considering adopting a companion animal for their child. “Previous research […]

Dating With Autism

By Annie Lane January 15, 2021 4 Min Read A- A+ Dear Annie: I am a 36-year-old man living with my father. I also have autism, and because of this, I have had difficulty in dating women. For a few years, I was on the dating website called I Love Your Accent (I had been […]

It’s Reefer Madness as Cannabis Stocks Jump on Election News

By Connor Smith Marijuana stocks surged on Wednesday as Democrats claimed control of both houses of Congress. That could pave the way to an expansion of legal marijuana sales. The Associated Press declaredGeorgia’s Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff winners in their respective elections, cementing a 50-50 Senate, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris tilting the scale […]


Reflect on a time when you were sick……. regardless of its severity, what was it that your mind/body wanted to achieve? It’s a relief of some type that you seek,  right? When we are sick our mind/body tells us that we need relief.  When we feel pain our mission is to seek relief. Cannabinoid medicine […]


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