16 People With Autism Describe Why Eye Contact Can Be Difficult

For some people on the autism spectrum, making eye contact can be a stressful, distracting and sensory-taxing experience. Far too often, though, outsiders view avoiding eye contact as “rude” or “antisocial,” when this isn’t the case at all. In an effort to better understand how this experience feels for many on the spectrum, The Mighty asked our readers with autism who find eye …

Teen with autism honored as manager of basketball team

LAKE ZURICH, Ill. — For as long as he can remember, Andrew Koppel loved basketball. Since freshman year, he never missed a Lake Zurich home game and got as close to the action as he could. “As a mom with a son with special needs, you worry about your child being accepted,” says Courtney Carlson. She knew her son’s autism …

Why Girls on the Autism Spectrum Often Go Undiagnosed

Did you know that the ratio of girls to boys on the spectrum is 1:5? While it’s hard to say for sure exactly how accurate this ratio is, it’s possible that the number of boys with autism is so much higher than the number of girls partially because the symptoms are simply easier to miss in girls. The outward symptoms …