Aspies in the City: Building a More Inclusive Community, One Person at a Time

Since I was very young, I had a fascination with people who had Autism. Although in some ways they seemed different than me, in others there were a lot of similarities. Later as an adult, it was suggested that I might have a lot in common with people who have Asperger’s Syndrome. So, one...

Bringing Autism Insurance Mandates into Compliance with the Affordable Care Act

When care isn’t taken, grave problems can arise when a state’s autism insurance mandate is brought into compliance with the ACA. Starting in 2014, “dollar value” limits for essential health benefits are not allowed per the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more frequently called...

To Be or Not to Be (Autistic) – The New Generation of Kids Who Are Almost Autistic, But Not Quite

Parents of children diagnosed on the high functioning side of the Spectrum confront the quandary of whether concealing their kids’ diagnoses in avoidance of discrimination, or disclosing them to educate others on the many layers of the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). There is, however, a...

Two Sides to the Safety Equation: Bridging the Gap Between Police and Individuals with ASD

Given the heightened risk that individuals with autism face when they have contact with the police, this article highlights two valuable safety programs that bridge the gap between police and those with autism to build mutual understanding and improve outcomes in a police encounter. Media...