Autistic Teen Defies Odds at Graduation

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This spring, Rhyan Coleman addressed thousands of people in a crowd filled with students, faculty, family and friends. In the speech he shared his journey growing up with ASD and thanked all of those who have supported him in his academic career. Continue reading

Jobs for people with Autism!

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The D’Eri family did exceptional research in starting a business that not only put their employees to work and gave them financial stability, but they also chose a business that would challenge and teach their employees physically and cognitively. Continue reading

“Happy Birthday!” means “Hallelujah!” for Parents of Autistic Girl

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After years of silence, 5 year old Ave unexpectedly wished her 19 year-old brother a “Happy Birthday!” while the family was celebrating. They are the first words she has spoken since she was two. Since then, she’s begun singing along to TV shows, and her speech therapists have had greater success in reciprocally communicating with her. Continue reading

Staffing Organization for Autistics Expands Offices

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A nonprofit which places adults on the autism spectrum in jobs has now expanded to the Midwest, opening a third office in Fargo, North Dakota. The organization Specialisterne, which has been working for years to place autistic individuals into detail-oriented … Continue reading

Shema Kolainu Presents Guest Speaker Advocating for “Success with Autism” at United Nations

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Due to demand, the Shema Kolainu Autism workshops, which have continued to draw larger crowds of people, have relocated presentations to the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City.                                          On Thursday, December 11, Shema Kolainu presented speaker Dr. Stephen Shore, a professor at Adelphi University. … Continue reading

Dog Helps Girl with Autism Surf

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Gina Gill, a 9-year-old girl with autism from San Diego, has struggled with socializing and self-confidence for most of her life. Fortunately, Gina has been able to boost her self esteem by learning how to surf: her teacher being a 5-year-old golden retriever name Ricochet. Continue reading

Court Allows Boy with Autism to Keep Therapeutic Chickens

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The DeBary City Council is letting J.J. Hart, a three-year-old boy from Florida, keep his therapeutic chickens. Continue reading

Temple Grandin Is At It Again

At a conference Wednesday in Montreal, Temple Grandin, known for her knowledge on autism and animal welfare and behavior, stood in front of the audience with a monumental presentation.

According to Grandin, who is now 66, she feels blessed to have been diagnosed with autism when she was 2 ½ years old. Furthermore, she alluded to figures such as Albert Einstein and Apple’s Steve Jobs, who perhaps would also be diagnosed with autism. “You wouldn’t have all these electronics and technology if it weren’t for all these geeks with mild autism,” Grandin suggested.[i]

Temple Grandin has been known for her advocacy of early intervention programs for young children diagnosed with autism. The earlier a child is diagnosed, the sooner he or she can begin therapy. Grandin believes in bringing out the exceptional skills children with autism possess, and to help them succeed. Instead of concentrating on what autistic kids struggle with, parents and therapists should encourage their strengths.

When a young girl presented Grandin with honey and a painting, she accepted it graciously and said, “Let me tell you, you’re professional grade. I’m serious. You’re very talented and you could turn this into a career. I’m all about careers.”

Let’s take Temple Grandin’s advice: realize the importance of early intervention for children diagnosed with autism, and try to bring out everything they could possibly offer to succeed.


[i] “The Gazette” Let autistic kids take a turn, author advises. 07 Nov 2013. Web. < http://www.montrealgazette.com/touch/story.html?id=9134398>