10 Questions You Always Wanted to Ask a Person with Autism

“I just don’t know how to pretend to find a bad joke funny.” This article originally appeared on VICE Austria.  For a long time, 33-year-old Marlies Hübner couldn’t understand why she was constantly having difficult conversations with people—often offending loved ones without intending to. Frustrated, she decided to search for an answer. In her mid 20s, after several meetings with specialists, …

This Theme Park Is the First to Be Designated as a Certified Autism Center

As autism awareness increases around the globe, more and more public spaces are putting in the extra effort to become autism-friendly. Cafes, restaurants, grocery stores, movie theaters, cruise lines, amusement parks, and even entire communities are pulling out all the stops to be accommodating to their visitors on the autism spectrum. And now there’s even a theme park that’s hopping on the bandwagon in honor of autism awareness …

How music can help children with autism connect

Over the past decade, our understanding of the brain mechanisms involved in autism has deepened. This has enabled the development of better diagnostic tools and opportunities for earlier interventions. Yet, despite the growing prevalence of autism worldwide – up to 1 in 36 children may have it – available pharmacological and behavioural interventions can only diminish some of the disruptive behaviours associated …