Change is Hard. Change is Scary. Change is Good.

This post originally appeared in the monthly Orange Effect Foundation e-newsletter. It’s February. Here in Cleveland that can often mean a lot of time at home because the weather can be so cold and the skies so gray. For me that means the new year’s resolutions start wearin
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How Many Kids Can We Help on August 3rd?

Announcing the 14th Annual OEF Golf for Autism I remember the day my wife and I walked into the clinic to get the results on our oldest boy. He was two-years-old. He couldn’t talk yet and rarely made eye contact. We were young parents without a clue of what to do. The therapist at the
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Ryan’s Story

I’ve listened enough. It’s time for me to speak, however it may sound. Through an electronic device, my hands, or my mouth. Now it’s your time to listen. Are you ready? Neal Katz, Self-advocate A few weeks ago, Ryan, with his fuzzy PJ pants on, galloped into the kitc
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Early Treatment for Autism Is Critical, New Report Says

Citing 12 years of research and clinical study, the American Academy of Pediatrics as issued a new clinical report on autism that urges early identification and referral for treatment, even if a formal diagnosis has not been confirmed. Although the average age of diagnosis is age four
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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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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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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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For Some Children with Autism, Dance is a Form of Expression

Researchers are studying how movement helps children with special needs improve social communication and motor skills. Learn more in this recent New York Times article.
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Rolling Out the Welcome Mat for Travelers with Autism

Travel just became a bit easier for many families. A growing number of theme parks, hotels and special attractions are introducing autism training and sensory guides, providing resources in times of need, and assuring families they won’t be judged. Learn more in this recent New York T
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Autism and Baseball: Why Baseball Can Be a Great Sport for People on the Autism Spectrum

America’s Favorite Past-Time Autism and baseball are a good fit for a number of reasons, starting with the slower paced team atmosphere, the plethora of numbers and statistics, and the open air setting. Baseball has been known as America’s favorite past-time for decades. As one of the
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