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Why JetBlue Started an Autism Travel Program

Christina Mendez and her 16-year-old son Damian drove to John F. Kennedy Airport in Queens, New York on Saturday afternoon. But they didn't go anywhere. Mendez was helping Damian, who has autism, get acquainted with flying. He's never been on an airplane.<p>Damian and his mother practiced checking in, …

Autism

Daryl Hannah: I've battled autism since childhood - TODAY.com

Angela Weiss / Today<p>Daryl Hannah was diagnosed with autism at a time when the disorder was not well-understood.<p>You may know her as Madison the mermaid in "Splash," or for her roles in "Blade Runner" or "Steel Magnolias." But actress Daryl Hannah, 52, has fought a private battle with autism for …

Autism

Kids With Autism May Have Poorer Sleep

Kids with autism may sleep less each night due to disturbed sleep than children without the condition, according to a new study.<p>Researchers from the U.K. and Canada found that starting at around age 2 until 11, kids with autism tended to sleep 17 to 43 fewer minutes each night than their peers …

Spencer Timme Shows You What It's Like To Have A Brother With Autism

Spencer Timme created a video to let everyone know what it is like for him to have an older brother with autism – a question he receives a lot.<p>For …

Gov. Brown extends insurance coverage for autism treatment

SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown has approved a 2 1/2-year extension of a program that requires insurance coverage for early autism treatment.<p>Since its creation in 2011, the program has helped more than 12,500 Californians, according to Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), the author of …

WATCH: A Jaw-dropping Performance From a Blind Musical Genius With Autism

<i>Read the blog post below for a music teacher's account of the contradictions of autism, and watch the video above for an incredible performance by a blind student with autism.</i><p>'Why's he doing that?' Freddie's father sounded more than usually puzzled by the antics of his son.<p>After months of …

Autism

High Psychotropic Medication Rates For Children With Autism, Study Shows

Roughly two-thirds of children in the U.S. who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have been prescribed at least one psychotropic medication, according to new estimates published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday.<p>In addition, 35 percent of the children were simultaneously …

Embryo Sex Selection To Select Against Autism?

Health authorities in Western Australia have reportedly given the go-ahead to a fertility clinic to perform sex-selection of embryos for families at a “high risk” of having an autistic child. According to The West Australian:<p>There are no genetic tests for autism, so instead of looking for a gene …

Everyone Benefits When Mommy Takes a Vacation

Two weeks ago, I went on a trip to my home state of New Mexico. By myself. As in, without kids.<p>I was gone from Thursday morning until Sunday night, and my husband took care of our girls (ages 4.5 and 3) back home in Massachusetts. This was only the third time in nearly five years of parenting that …

Parenting

4 Ways Parents Can Improve Their Child's Education

There's a tricky balance involved in raising children: encouraging them to do the right thing without laying it on too thick while discouraging them from doing the wrong thing without making it sound appealing. Raising a child to value education, particularly a teenager looking for a little …

Watch this guy misspell 'father' at a spelling bee for a beautiful reason.

Powerful, right?<p>If you don't have time for the video, but still want to hear Marshal Davis Jones' stunning words, he also provided a text version of …

Spelling Bees

Chocolate & Autism

Chocolate & Autism

All About Me!<p>Artist. Photographer. One mother. Five kids. Multiple learning disabilities. Chocolate lover. Autism Advocate. Proud mom to transgender …

Married, But Not Exclusive

Kyle didn’t like the idea of watching his wife have sex with<br>another man. While he wasn’t the jealous type—he could watch his wife<br>flirt with another …

Relationships

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