Why I Wanted Vaccines to Cause Autism*

*Controversial Blog Post Title On Purpose Last year, yet another study of over 650,000 kids showed no link between vaccines and autism.  This article from Business Insider is thorough in the review of the study and the reason it is so important–mainly because we need to vac
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“Apraxia…What is that?”

Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a challenging and complicated neurological speech disorder which makes speaking difficult. Generally, kids who are diagnosed with CAS have an understanding of language and what they want to say; however, they have difficulty carrying out the comple
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Meet Expressable, An Affordable Alternative for Speech Therapy

Everyone deserves access to amazing speech therapy.  Unfortunately, between insurance coverage denials, ridiculously high out-of-pocket costs for non-covered services, and access issues for rural residents, too many families go without the care they need. At the Orange Effect Fou
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We Spend a Lot of Time Waiting. One Mom’s Thoughts.

I’m starting this post during the holiday season (you’re reading it after). I tried this year to shop small and shop local, so I’ve been standing in a lot of lines. It got me thinking about time and how much waiting one person might do in their lifetime. It could be waiting for a frie
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Leaning into Being Different: How One University Got My Autistic Son’s Attention

My son Joshua recently turned 18 and is now formally applying to colleges and universities. It’s hard to believe. He (and his mother) worked so hard to get him to this point.  I remember when he was diagnosed on the autism spectrum at age two. The doctor said that Joshua would ne
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Highlighting Orange Effect Kids

As 2019 has come to a close we want to share with you just a few of the amazing kids that we have been able to help because of you.   Liam Age 5 His family’s insurance covers less than two speech therapy visits a month, but 2x/weekly sessions were recommended by his therapis
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Orange Effect Foundation 2019 Grants Exceed $130,000

Communication devices and therapy provided for dozens of children across the United States CLEVELAND – Dec. 17, 2019 – PRLog — The Orange Effect Foundation Board of Directors is proud to announce that in 2019, more than $130,000 was awarded t
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My New Year’s Resolution This Year is Simple

This article was featured on the Autism Speaks blog in January 2019. It’s only the first week of January, and I’m already wavering on my “reduce chocolate” resolution. Maybe some things are for the best. Generally I am a person who takes New Year’s Resolutions seriously. The holiday r
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Surrounding Yourself with the Right Stuff (and the Right People) in 2020

The Orange Effect Foundation had an amazing 2019. We added additional board members who brought the group full circle on being able to help with application review, feedback, and fundraising. We had two amazing fundraising events!  Our annual golf outing and a fun night at Platfo
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Don’t Always Listen to the Professionals

When she was about 16 months old, we noticed that our daughter’s language was not developing in the same way that her older sister’s had. We were concerned, but were told not to worry as she was so young at the time. As time passed and her language still was not emerging as one would
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