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Shelter dog helps boy with autism hug, kiss his mom for first time


EDITOR’S NOTE: The Society for Features Journalism honored this story in its 2016 Excellence-in-Features Awards contest. The story placed third in the Short Feature category for large publications with a circulation of 200,000 and up. All moms worry about their sons. Amanda Granados worried more. The Los Angeles mother watched …

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Aspiring Teen Model Proves That Autism Won’t Hold Him Back


When RJ Peete was diagnosed with autism at age 3, doctors told his parents, Holly and RJ, that their son likely wouldn’t achieve much. Back then, RJ wasn’t expected to communicate, have friends, mainstream in school, play team sports or even say, “I love you” unprompted. Today, not only has …

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Autism: a carpet made my son feel as if he was drowning – video


  John-Paul Horsley, or J-Rock, is a founding member of hip-hop collective Big Brovaz. His son Richard-Michael is autistic and communicates using signs and symbols. He says that without language, it’s sometimes difficult to know what’s upsetting his son – like the time when, as a toddler, Richard Michael appeared …

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