Dad Serenades Disabled Son, Breaks Down When He Sees His Little Boy’s Smile

Some parenting moments are so bittersweet, it’s amazing anybody could get through them without shedding a few tears. Shauna Mitchell, of Lumberton, North Carolina captured that tender moment as it transpired between her boyfriend, Zach Oxendine, and his baby boy, Judah. Now, the video is going viral because it displays the perfect love between a father and his special needs son, …

Women with Autism Finally Represented in Movie Starring Dakota Fanning

In 2017, we got a great deal of media coverage of autism. The Power Rangers movie featured a character on the spectrum, and TV shows like Netflix’s Atypical and ABC’s The Good Doctor also premiered in the fall. But one arguable problem with these shows and movie was that all the autistic characters were male. And though men and boys tend to be diagnosed with autism more frequently …

How a High School Musical Gave My Autistic Son a Stage

This was the toddler who could not wear hats or mittens and who struggled with the change of seasons because that meant wearing different or new clothes. The little boy who wore the same doctor’s costume (shirt only) for three Halloweens in a row because costumes and change were terrifying. This was the elementary student who sat alone at lunch …

A Promise to My Son on the Autism Spectrum

To my beautiful son, I need to explain to you why there might be times you think, feel, see and hear differently than others. You see, son, you have something called autism. Sometimes this might affect your experience of certain places, textures, foods, lights, sounds and clothing. At times these things may be very overwhelming for you. Your senses are …