Letter to my parents—a Beautiful Letter by Kerry Magro

Letter to my parents—a Beautiful Letter by Kerry Magro

Here is a remarkable post by Autism Speaks staffer Kerry Magro, a motivational speaker and best-selling author who’s on the autism spectrum. In this post, Kerry addresses a letter to her parents: “Because if you fight for me right now and never give up, not only will I be that speaker, but I’ll have the opportunity to write an Amazon Best Seller, consult for a major motion picture that makes 30 million dollars, and be someone who gives you love every single day. I will grow into an adult who embraces affection.”

Valuable lessons taught by a nonverbal little girl

Valuable lessons taught by a nonverbal little girl

“But living with a nonverbal brother with complex needs taught her something that changed her entire class of children without her saying a word: it doesn’t need words to help people. I still worry. But I know that in all she lives with she is somehow managing to turn ashes to beauty. And I could not be more proud of her.” Here is a beautiful story that you must read to brighten your day

Focus on Community Initiatives: Together We Bake

Focus on Community Initiatives: Together We Bake

Together We Bake’s mission is to provide a comprehensive workforce training and personal development program to help women gain self-confidence, transferable workforce skills, and invaluable hands-on experience which will allow them to find sustainable employment and move toward self-sufficiency. http://wtop.com/food/2016/05/virginia-bakery-gives-women-a-second-chance-at-life-and-career/slide/1/

Santa’s special gift to children with autism

Santa’s special gift to children with autism

A UK Christmas tradition, visiting “Santa’s Grotto” ( a popular version of the US Mall Santa), was recently made more accessible to children with autism. This news clip sheds light on one mother’s success with developing and popularizing an autism-friendly Santa Grotto: http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2016-11-25/santas-special-gift-to-children-with-autism/

Study highlights need to assist children with autism during transition to adulthood

Study highlights need to assist children with autism during transition to adulthood

“The challenges of living independently, gaining employment, attaining postsecondary education and building social relationships are greater for adolescents and young adults with autism,” said Nancy Cheak-Zamora, assistant professor of health sciences in the MU School of Health Professions. “It is vital that professionals are prepared to assist with the transition, and that they have insight

A Target store offers ‘quiet hours’ for its autistic customers

A Target store offers ‘quiet hours’ for its autistic customers

“What does autism feel like? “It feels awful,” says Lori Sealy, who suffers from the disorder and writes about it. “Sight, sound, smell, taste and touch (the five senses that all of the experiences of life must pass through) can be absolutely harrowing and horrifying to a person with autism. Everything that enters the (Autism Spectrum Disorder) body is often accompanied by some semblance of pain or at least by some extremely uncomfortable sensation.”

Whose Line Is It Really?: How Improv Benefits Children With Autism

Whose Line Is It Really?: How Improv Benefits Children With Autism

“Over the course of the seven-week class, Magin is gathering feedback on how children, like Shaw, interpret these things, the modes of communication that are not words. “Children with autism just are not able to read those cues as well,” Magin says. For children with autism, those cues can be like a foreign language. “And they haven’t necessarily learned that language,” Magin says. But languages can be learned. And improv classes can serve as a language immersion program, of sorts”

Getting Students With Autism Through High School, To College And Beyond

Getting Students With Autism Through High School, To College And Beyond

“A key underlying philosophy of the program is that education — the classroom — provides the most effective treatment for autism. The program, run jointly by the city’s Department of Education and NYU Nest Support Project, places students with autism who are capable of doing grade-level work in classrooms with their non-disabled peers.” For the

#FeelGood Story, Dec 2016 edition: Texas Woman Misses Flight to Help Man with Autism Through AirPort

#FeelGood Story, Dec 2016 edition: Texas Woman Misses Flight to Help Man with Autism Through AirPort

“A Texas woman is being celebrated online after posting about a recent encounter with an autistic man while flying through Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.” Read the full story below: http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2016/12/20/texas-woman-misses-flight-to-help-man-with-autism-through-airport.html