Owen uses Lady Gaga’s music as his voice or outlet.Read More
Started in 2011, the museum’s Subway Sleuths program has welcomed 150 kids in second through fifth grade who are on the autism spectrum and have a shared interest in trains.Read More
The Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously raised the bar for the educational benefits owed to millions of children with disabilities in one of the most significant special-education cases to reach the high court in decades.Read More
For the first time in a decade, the classic children's television show Sesame Streetwill introduce a new Muppet on the air.
Her name is Julia. She's a shy and winsome 4-year-old, with striking red hair and green eyes. Julia likes to paint and pick flowers. When Julia speaks, she often echoes what she's just heard her friends Abby and Elmo say. Julia has autism.Read More
African-American children are often diagnosed with autism at older ages than white children, missing years of potential intervention and treatment. Special correspondent John Donvan and producer Karen Zucker meet a black family who struggled to find community and resources for their son with autism, but are now helping others who need answers and support.Read More
Lower courts are divided on the question, meaning that disabled children in some states can expect more from their schools than children in other states. Now the Supreme Court will have an opportunity to decide whether a uniform standard should apply nationally.Read More
More than a million children in America are the autism spectrum. What happens when they come of age?
Many, if not all, of their mothers and fathers are kept awake nights by two worries: How can I give my child a life worth having, and where will she/he live when I'm dead? There is no peace for us till we've settled those questions, not an inch of separation from the gnawing dread that we'll leave them alone and undefended.Read More
The bond between mother and child is said to be unbreakable. But what happens when the child is hard to reach? Alysia Abbott reflects on the challenging journey she has taken with her son—and shares the love lesson she received from a most unexpected source.Read More
"I'm not that good, I'm not that unselfish. How could I measure up to Mimi?" But soon she would discover how her own path would overlap with that of her grandmother. "It was during filming that I started to fear my own son might have autism," Sartain says. " And I wondered if I was just beginning a journey that Mimi had just ended."Read More
I can’t overestimate the value of that smile of recognition offered to us each time we come to the Deluxe Town Diner. The experience of being truly seen, autism and all, and yet still accepted is profound.Read More
As a child, the writer controlled who knew about her gay father’s sexuality. But as an adult, compartmentalizing her identity as the mother of a severely autistic child isn’t as easy.Read More
In their new book, John Donvan and Caren Zucker chart America’s path to recognizing autism as part of the human condition, making a case that the arts as well as advocacy have been central to the process.Read More
The families committed to the project span the country. Through social media, Martin keeps track of each child and his or her support system. “When an image or a story speaks to me, I begin to envision how to represent that family’s experience.”Read More
I’ve embraced Finn’s beauty because it’s one of the few areas where he can truly thrive. He can’t catch a ball, or throw straight; he can’t draw a picture, or sing a song, say my name, or a write a word. I’m quite certain he’ll never be an academic or even a good conversationalist. If I walk him through the house, pulling him forward by the hand if I’m not carefully watching, he’ll knock his head against the door-jams like a pinball.Read More
The A Word starring Christopher Eccleston in a six-part series looking at a family struggling to cope when the youngest son is diagnosed with autism. Described as “a funny and thought-provoking series about parenthood and childhood”, it will tell the story of how the Hugheses learn to communicate properly with each other in order to communicate with their autistic family member.Read More
Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children aims to reduce "the stigma of autism" with the introduction of the first autistic muppet Julia. The initiative includes a free app that uses storybooks, video and other visual media to assist autistic children and their families.Read More
What happens to autistic children when they grow up and leave the educational system where federal law requires they get the services they need? Need to Know's Alison Stewart visits two families struggling to provide a future for their adult sons with autism.Read More
Today I broke out a pencil in preparation for the first painting of the new project I am working on. There is nothing better than a blank canvas and the potential it may hold. For families raising an autistic child their child's "potential" may be an ongoing mystery.Read More
Roughly 500,000 children with autism will become adults over the next 10 years, and as they step through the door of age 21, they’ll find themselves inheritors of a sad paradox. The variety of federally mandated supports and services (under the aegis of the Department of Education) available to them until then will have expired; the source of their funding will switch to the far smaller pie of state-by-state money. These resources, along with Medicaid and Social Security, are more fragmented and difficult for families to navigate. So the financial support — used to train them for jobs, find housing, obtain therapy and counseling — will dwindle at the exact moment in time they need it most."Read More
"...one of the arguments that my book makes is that we think that our society is taking autism seriously and dealing with the challenges that it presents by pouring millions of dollars into it….at least some of that money should be redirected to things like helping autistic adults live more satisfying, healthier and safer lives, or helping families get the services they need or helping families get a quicker diagnosis for their kids."