Posts Tagged ‘families’

Stronger Than We Think: The Advantages of Neurodiversity in the Face of Adversity

COVID-19 presents huge challenges and added layers of vulnerability for children and adults with autism and other special needs and their families. Some experience more adversity than others because of race and social class. However, it is my belief that neurodiversity has some built-in advantages...

A Practice Run for Air Travel

Britney Lopez would not let go of her tablet before going through security at Newark Liberty International Airport as part of AHRC New York City’s Wings for All® event. Maria Aviles, Britney’s mother, expected this would be as far as her daughter would go during a dress rehearsal for air...

Steps to Empower Families to Access Early Intervention

In my six years as Autism Resource Specialist in the Center for Children with Special Needs at Floating Hospital for Children in Tufts Medical Center in Boston, I have met with hundreds of families in the moments after their young child receives an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis. Although...

Autism Speaks Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit

In March 2010, Autism Speaks, North America's largest autism science and advocacy organization, launched the Autism Speaks Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit (AS/HFA Tool Kit). The AS/HFA Tool Kit was created specifically to assist families in getting the critical information...