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World Braille Day

Did you know that January 4th was World Braille Day? As I researched Braille Day, I learned some new, interesting facts. Braille is not actually a language, but a code used by blind people A blind Frenchman, Louis Braille, in … Continue reading

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Top Ten Research Stories of 2014

Recently, a favorite organization of mine, Autism Speaks, posted an article that reviewed 2014’s “Top Ten” stories in autism research. These stories are so encouraging that I think it is important to share with my community as well, and to … Continue reading

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Would You Consider Participating in a Research Study?

I frequently see requests from graduate students, hospitals and universities asking family members, children and adults with autism to consider participating in a research study. Too often the studies are being conducted in settings a distance from Erie in large … Continue reading

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Autism Research Embraces Technology

Autism Speaks recently announced that they are collaborating with Google to transform genomic research on ASD. This is a very complicated, scientific concept so I have been researching it further to ensure that I understand what this means.  What I’ve … Continue reading

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Recognizing Three Ground Breaking Developments in Autism Research on World Autism Day

I wrote an op-ed piece for the Erie News Times and I wanted to share it with you. As communities around the globe prepare to celebrate World Autism Day, we look back on a year that has been unprecedented in … Continue reading

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200 and Counting!

My 200th blog!  I have been read by 11,821 visitors from over 113 countries.  Some of the topics that I have written on include: My Journey I Have Autism: Ryan’s View Is Your Child Being Bullied? Overcoming Communication Barriers with … Continue reading

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11 Exciting Achievements in 2013

As I look to the start of another year, I find that it is not the end nor a beginning but an opportunity to continue to expand the knowledge and experience that we have gained over the last 365 days. … Continue reading

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The 7 Minute Difference

Did you know that over the next decade, more than 500,000 persons with autism will become adults? And, did you know that 80% of adults with autism younger than 30 years of age reside at home? Talk to any parent/caregiver … Continue reading

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Autism & The DSM-5: Doorstop or Diagnostic Tool?

The definition of autism has evolved over the years. I remember teaching (many years ago) when children who are now considered on the spectrum were diagnosed as “mentally retarded with autistic tendencies”. Then DSM-IV was published in 1994, and we … Continue reading

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Transition Services: Moving to Multiply

The stories on research, education and support related to children with autism seem to appear daily. Awareness is growing, and so are the children. Approximately 50,000 individuals with ASD turn 18 each year in the United States. What happens when … Continue reading

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