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So much is happening in the world of autism—from news reports, to new scientific developments and information on the latest research studies—that sometimes it’s hard to keep up. The Autism Consortium eNewsletter will keep you informed and up-to-date on important news, events and studies.

November 4, 2014
With Gratitude for Kindness

By Julie Cumming
 

Every year around Thanksgiving, people always start to ask you what you’re thankful for. For most, it’s the obvious; shelter, food and having your family and friends in good health. For others, it may be the more material things in life.

For me, it’s never been about the iPod or if I own a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes.... Read More

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October 7, 2014
How I Made Halloween Fun for My Family

By Susan Senator
 

When I was a kid, I would obsessively count the days until Halloween. I couldn't wait. The excitement of Halloween was second only to my birthday, which also falls in October. Back then, fall was just one big Me Fest! I remember once getting a really great costume together, a gypsy fortune teller. I had on all kinds of... Read More

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June 3, 2014
A Father’s Role in Autism

by Jeremy Young
 

I am the father of four beautiful children, all of whom have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Our oldest boys are ages six and five, and the twins are two. Our oldest is going into second grade in the Fall and our second son is entering kindergarten.  They are in near full inclusion classes. Our twins... Read More

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December 9, 2013
Families Moving into New Collaborations


Engaging more families in autism research has been a priority of the Autism Consortium since we began in 2007.  Last month, one family in particular, took engagement to the next level.  Kate and Chris Supple, who in their words, "know the name of the dog that bit their two sons," connected directly with Stanford researcher and new Nobel... Read More

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September 10, 2013
In Their Own Words: What the Transition to Adulthood is like for one Teen

Kush Bhagat, 18, is a sophomore at UMass Lowell pursuing a career in engineering.  He graduated from Wayland Public Schools in June of 2012. This article is based on an interview conducted over the summer.

 

Can you tell us about what you are doing this summer?

I’m working in Natick for the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development,... Read More

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April 29, 2013
Growing Up With a Sibling on the Spectrum

By Lauren Laifer
 

Growing up with a sibling on the autism spectrum isn’t easy.  When I was younger, I knew that my brother, Alex, was different, but I never really understood why.  I knew he had more temper tantrums than I did, that he got more timeouts, and that therapists came to “play” with him almost every day.  Regardless of... Read More

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September 11, 2012
Technology That Has Worked for Our Family

By Noel and Jeremy Young
 

We have four children on the autism spectrum and we have chosen to invest in iPads for them, along with a variety of apps that encourage learning such as Monkey Preschool Lunchbox, Little Fox Music Box, My Play Home, the Five Little Monkeys books, Build a Train, PCS Memory, and Wood Puzzle. We have also found Angry... Read More

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August 6, 2012
New Year: New Adventure

By Margaret Drugan
 

When you have a child on the autism spectrum, you know first-hand that any change in routine or meeting new people or going to a new place can be stressful. I am the mother of two children with autism spectrum disorders, a 14-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl. My most important advice is that you know your child the... Read More

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