The autistic musician who ‘makes music with his mind’

There is nothing conventional about 17-year-old Michael Fuller’s relationship with music. As someone with high-functioning autism who sees the world through sound, creating melodies from the bustle of the high street or trains on the tracks feels more natural than any social interaction. This hardwired connection to sound has been with him for as long as he can remember. By …

Sleep problems in autism, explained

A good night’s rest isn’t guaranteed for anyone, but it is downright elusive for many people with autism. Individuals on the spectrum often have trouble falling and staying asleep. And that may worsen certain features of their condition, such as repetitive behaviors, which can, in turn, make sleeping even more difficult. Given this disruptive feedback loop, sleep problems are among the most …

Dear Fellow Mom, I Need Your Friendship as I Parent a Child With a Disability

When I became a mom, my life changed in expected and unexpected ways. I never imagined having all boys, coming from a female-heavy family. And I certainly never imagined having a sweet boy with autism.  His extraordinary life has helped transform me in ways I never knew possible. But this journey has also opened floodgates of challenges, leaving me with a new definition …

The Empire State Building will Light It Up Blue on April 2

For the ninth straight year, New York’s most iconic landmark, the Empire State Building, will Light It Up Blue on April 2, 2018 in honor of World Autism Awareness Day. This 102-story skyscraper was constructed in March, 1930 and opened on May 1, 1931. It held the title of World’s Tallest Building for nearly 40 years – the longest run of any tower …