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Google Launches Program To Hire More People With Autism

Google Launches Program To Hire More People With Autism by Shaun Heasley | August 9, 2021 Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. (Kristoffer Tripplaar/Sipa USA/TNS) Google is teaming up with Stanford University in an effort to make its workforce more neurodiverse. The technology giant said recently that it is launching a new program aimed at […]

‘Go big or go home’ — longtime family autism advocate and young mom work for all-inclusive playground

Margaret Reist Aug 29, 2021 Updated 9 hrs ago  Six-year-old Beckett Olson meets his father Cameron at the bottom of the slide while playing at Antelope Park recently. EAKIN HOWARD, Journal Star Cathy Martinez (left) and BriAnna Olson are shown in front of the playground at Antelope Park. Martinez, longtime president of the Autism Family […]

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 […]


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