Category: Autism

Why I Am a Passionate Advocate for My Son on the Autism Spectrum

By : Michelle Foreman I am an autism mama — proudly, unabashedly and passionately. I am passionate because when my son was 5 years old, eleven schools refused his admission with no explanation other than a half-hearted “we’re not sure he’s ready.” The same child who was talking in full sentences at 14 months, knew his alphabet at 16 months and could …

The Courage I See Every Day in My Son on the Autism Spectrum

I see my son with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) struggle with something new, whether it’s surprise thunderstorms, dreaded fire drills or broccoli, every day. What might seem minor to someone else can become a big deal for him. It can take courage to confront the unknown or the uncomfortable. It can take courage to power through it like a boss. What is …

9 College Scholarships for Students With Learning Disabilities

More than 6 million young Americans—about 13% of students—have been diagnosed with some sort of learning challenge that makes school more of a struggle for them. Yet many of these students can succeed in college. And luckily, there are a growing number of scholarships to encourage them. Here are some, and a resource for finding more: Ranked by size of …

Autism Mom Worries About How Her Son Eats Lunch Alone. That’s Why This Picture Made Her Cry

On August 30, 2016, a football player from Florida State University (FSU) was visiting a Tallahassee middle school with his teammates when he saw an 11-year-old sitting and eating lunch at an otherwise vacant table. The college junior, Travis Rudolph walked over to the boy and asked to sit with him. “Sure, why not?” the kid responded. He introduced himself as Bo, …

7 Ways to Help a Child with Autism Deal with Death

Death is a natural part of life. It is something that none of us are immune to and all of us are guaranteed to experience. But for a child experiencing this type of permanent loss for the first time, it can be confusing and difficult to grasp. Whether it’s a beloved pet who is crossing the rainbow bridge, a grandparent, …

New Baltimore Kroger employee with autism quits job due to bullying

23-year-old says other employees bullied him during work NEW BALTIMORE, Mich. – Kroger is investigating after an employee with autism at the New Baltimore store said he was being bulled and quit his job. “The thing is, if you don’t have anything nice to say about someone, don’t say it,” Giovanni Trapani said. “Point blank.” Trapani, 23, said what happened to him at his …