• Dad shames friends for excluding his autistic son from parties
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    Danielle Fowler

    Dad shames friends for excluding his autistic son from parties

    Parents across the country readily invited the six-year-old to their children's birthday parties.

  • Photo of Quebec barber lying on floor to cut autistic boy's hair goes viral
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    Yahoo Canada Style

    Photo of Quebec barber lying on floor to cut autistic boy's hair goes viral

    Quebec barber Franz Jakob has gone viral after a mom snapped a photo of him lying down to finish cutting her autistic son's hair.

  • Mom of son with autism pleas for help finding his discontinued sippy cups
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    Nisean Lorde

    Mom of son with autism pleas for help finding his discontinued sippy cups

    An Ontario mother of three young boys with autism is appealing to the public to help find discontinued sippy cups for her eldest son.

  • Hairdresser Helps Client With Severe Autism by Giving Him a Haircut in the Car
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    Rachel Grumman Bender

    Hairdresser Helps Client With Severe Autism by Giving Him a Haircut in the Car

    Evan O’Dwyer, 16, who has severe autism, has gotten his hair cut by a barber named Donncha O’Connell at the Baldy Barber in Blackpool, Ireland, for 14 years.

  • Autistic Wedding Guest Was Served Bacon, and It Meant So Much to His Mom
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    Sabrina Rojas Weiss

    Autistic Wedding Guest Was Served Bacon, and It Meant So Much to His Mom

    A boy with autism who loves bacon got his favorite food at a family wedding. The matter is even more delicate for parents of children on the autism spectrum, as well as adults on the spectrum themselves. “Our wedding RSVP included: 1- beef entree, 2- chicken entrees, 1- bacon entree,” wrote Jo-Ann Turning on the Facebook page of her family’s blog, Bacon and Juiceboxes: Our Life With Autism.

  • Meet Julia, Elmo and Big Bird’s New Muppet Pal With Autism on ‘Sesame Street’
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    Alex Logan

    Meet Julia, Elmo and Big Bird’s New Muppet Pal With Autism on ‘Sesame Street’

    Elmo and Big Bird are getting a new neighbor on Sesame Street: Julia, a muppet with autism. The character was introduced in 2015 in an online-only digital storybook, and she continues with the show’s social-impact program, Sesame Street and Autism. Now Julia will make her debut on the show — live and in the felt — beginning in April.

  • After an Autistic Student Was Turned Away From School Dance, Community Rallies Around Him
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    Elise Solé

    After an Autistic Student Was Turned Away From School Dance, Community Rallies Around Him

    Max Bedard, an 8th grader who has autism, was turned away at a school dance. An autistic boy who was turned away from a school dance because of his “inappropriate” outfit inspired a social media movement called #MaxItMonday. Max Bedard is a 14-year-old autistic boy with a sensory processing disorder.

  • Twitter is falling in love with this cute special needs couple
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    Erica Rae Chong

    Twitter is falling in love with this cute special needs couple

    While people are fawning over the will-they-won’t-they relationship between The Weeknd and Selena Gomez, allow us to introduce you to another adorable couple.

  • Hair stylist goes above and beyond to help boy with autism
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    Jessica Ankomah

    Hair stylist goes above and beyond to help boy with autism

    A West Virginian mom is thanking the hairdresser who went beyond her usual duties to comfort her autistic son. Isaiah, 4, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder last February. Barker, 28, has been a hairdresser for almost 10 years.

  • Woman changes flight to help autistic man get home for Christmas
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    Erica Rae Chong

    Woman changes flight to help autistic man get home for Christmas

    Flight changes are often an unpleasant, stressful and ultimately a costly experience, but one woman shared a very different encounter on Facebook that has since gone viral. Shaina Murry was catching a flight at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport when she came across a man, known only as Will K., lying on the floor in distress. Unsure of what was wrong, Murry called for medical assistance but after Will repeatedly expressed concern over missing his flight while waiting for the airport’s medical team to arrive, it dawned on Murry that Will was autistic.

  • Autism Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency During Pregnancy
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    Korin Miller

    Autism Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency During Pregnancy

    Researchers in Australia have found a link between vitamin D deficiencies in pregnant women and autism.

  • Desperate plea to find little blue cup for autistic boy goes viral
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    Jessica Ankomah

    Desperate plea to find little blue cup for autistic boy goes viral

    A father has Twitter rallying in the search of a little blue cup, after a plea for his son who has autism was shared widely online. Marc Carter needs replacement Tommee Tippee cups for Ben, 14, who refuses to drink from anything else. The baby-bottle line has stopped manufacturing the boy’s favourite cup, and his current feeder has begun disintegrating. “People say he will drink when he’s thirsty but two emergency trips to A&E with severe dehydration say otherwise,” writes the petitioning dad. See the open letter here:

  • 'You can't see autism like you can see chicken pox,' says mom who was criticized in grocery store
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    Simone Olivero

    'You can't see autism like you can see chicken pox,' says mom who was criticized in grocery store

    Bringing the kids to the grocery store can be challenging for any parent — those impulse aisles at the cash register were practically designed for a tantrum — but for a parent of a child with autism, the struggle can be next level. Just ask Australian mom, Katie Maree, who recently shared a recent unfortunate experience while shopping at a Coles supermarket. According to the post, both of Maree’s kids are on the autism spectrum and happened to be having a particularly bad day.

  • Autistic 8-year-old pens heartfelt letter asking if autistic fairies exist
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    Erica Rae Chong

    Autistic 8-year-old pens heartfelt letter asking if autistic fairies exist

    If some people have autism, do some fairies have autism too? That’s what 8-year-old Cadence pondered on in a heartfelt letter shared on her blog, I am Cadence. “Dear Fairies, I want to know please, is there an autism fairy?” Cadence writes. “What is her job in fairyland? Can she visit me? I am autism too.” “I will be very gentle and I promise I’m a kind girl and won’t put her in a jar,” she adds. In answer to the young girl’s plea, the ‘Queen Fairy’ penned her own response, which was also shared in the blog post. In it, she explains that there are no autistic fairies. ...

  • Mom will take the squished bread if it means giving someone with autism a job
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    Simone Olivero

    Mom will take the squished bread if it means giving someone with autism a job

    Emma Shawcross had an interesting experience on a recent trip to her local Tesco. As a mother to an autistic child, Shawcross was thrilled to see this cashier at work — even if the checkout process didn’t go a smoothly as possible. Recognizing the autistic traits of the cashier, thanks to her own 12-year-old, Shawcross wasn’t even bothered when he squished her bread and recounted her change… twice.

  • Mom petitions for autism-friendly checkouts... and gets them
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    Simone Olivero

    Mom petitions for autism-friendly checkouts... and gets them

    This week was a big win for Pennsylvania mother of three, Kristin Jackowski. While shopping at her local ShopRite, she noticed something different at the checkout lines: sensory checkouts. Earlier this month, Jackowski started a petition on Change.org, asking stores for sensory-friendly checkout lanes.

  • Clarks salesman provides unforgettable shopping experience for autistic child
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    Krista Thurrott

    Clarks salesman provides unforgettable shopping experience for autistic child

    One mother and her autistic son understand this better than most – and were absolutely overwhelmed by the kindness displayed by a sales associate at their local Clarks shoe store. Gem Salter, mom to River Salter, posted to the Clark Shoes Facebook page that around this time of year, shopping malls are particularly stressful for her 6-year-old son. Salter mentioned this on her recent shopping trip with River when she was met by Aaran Daniel, a salesperson at Clarks.

  • Mom's viral post about random act of kindness reaches stranger
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    Simone Olivero

    Mom's viral post about random act of kindness reaches stranger

    On July 23, Skaggs shared the story of two kids in the water park who let her daughter Baylee skip in front of them in line for the water slide when they noticed her getting agitated. The 5 year old is autistic, and while Skaggs was trying to teach her the importance of waiting in line, when other kids started breaking the rules, she could feel Baylee growing frustrated. Not what she will do but what other people will,” Skaggs explains in the post.

  • This autistic boy is learning to socialize thanks to Pokémon Go
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    Simone Olivero

    This autistic boy is learning to socialize thanks to Pokémon Go

    “Thanks to the suggestion of my fellow-autism-mama friend and fellow body painter Ren Allen, I finally introduced Ralphie to Pokemon Go tonight,” Lenore Koppelman writes in a Facebook post. “Hyperlexia is an unusually early ability to read,” Ralph’s father Steve Koppelman tells Buzzfeed.

  • 13-year-old’s inspiring letter about autism goes viral
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    Hilary Hagerman

    13-year-old’s inspiring letter about autism goes viral

    In the article, Hiatt writes about the varying degrees of autism, and what it feels like to deal with sensory overload. It may come as a bit of a surprise to you, as the only autism you may know of being exposed to have is the low-functioning, severe, non-verbal kind. There’s a whole spectrum of autism, (that’s why its full name is autism spectrum disorder) and no two people with autism are the same.

  • Women with polycystic ovary syndrome may be more likely to have children with autism
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    Simone Olivero

    Women with polycystic ovary syndrome may be more likely to have children with autism

    A new link between a common medical condition in women and the prevalence of autism in children may come as news to many, but for some mothers, it helps bring some understanding to their everyday reality. Rebecca, who has requested her last name not be used to protect her privacy, was 22 when she first found out she had PCOS. According to the Canadian Women’s Health Network, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) effects six to ten per cent of Canadian women.

  • 'Sesame Street' Announces New Character With Autism, Julia
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    Lindsay Powers

    'Sesame Street' Announces New Character With Autism, Julia

    There’s a new girl moving to Sesame Street: Julia, who has autism. Julia will be featured online playing alongside characters like Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and Grover, Sesame Workshop announced Wednesday. As part of the effort to destigmatize autism, which affects 1 in 68 children in America, Sesame Workshop has also unveiled an interactive website called Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children, along with resources for families, teachers, and caregivers. “Children with autism are five times more likely to get bullied,” Sesame Workshop’s senior vice president of U.S. social impact, Jeanette Betancourt, EdD, tells People.

  • Child With Autism Makes Cards Explaining His Condition To Stop Strangers Judging Him
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    Alison Coldridge

    Child With Autism Makes Cards Explaining His Condition To Stop Strangers Judging Him

    Daniel Booth’s conditions mean that he struggles to cope with changes in his routine and his behavior often causes people to stop and stare at him when he’s out and about with his parents.   The schoolboy didn’t want that to be the case, so he decided to create cards explaining his diagnosis and why he acts the way he does. My name is Dan and I am Autistic and I have ADHD.