Autism On The Seas Launches Non-Profit Foundation To Help Financially Strapped Special Needs Families Vacation

Autism on the Seas (AotS), the leading travel organization catering to vacationers with autism and other developmental disabilities, recently announced the launch of the company’s non-profit arm, Autism on the Seas Foundation. The foundation is designed to financially assist families wishing to vacation on an Autism on the Seas’ staff-supported cruise. As part of the launch, AotS Foundation is partnering with Fat Brain Toys, to offer a special Holiday “Fun”draiser, which will give Special Needs […]

Ten Things To Tell A Special Needs Mom

BY KIMBERLEE RUTAN McCAFFERTY Eleven years ago my husband and I entered a developmental pediatrician’s office with our then-17-month-old son, Justin. We were both nervous and resigned, anticipating, and in some ways welcoming, the autism diagnosis we were sure our boy would merit. Four years later we would retrace our steps in a different state with our second son, Zach. On this occasion we were much less scared, even eager to get a diagnosis to […]

Healthcare Transition Challenges Faced by Young Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY & THERAPEUTICS T Hall1, D Kriz1, S Duvall1, M Nguyen-Driver1 and T Duffield1 COMMENTARY Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts communicative interactions, with patterns of repetitive and restricted behaviors, interests, and cognitive rigidity. Recent incidence rate estimates for ASD are 1 in 68, and primarily male (4:1). A major epidemiological issue in ASD is transitioning to independence in adulthood, particularly navigating the healthcare system. This commentary will focus on […]

In Two Worlds

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN I can’t imagine how difficult it is having a sibling on the spectrum. I only know how it feels to parent one, but I have to believe that Hayden’s love for his brother makes him a better person. For every child living with autism, there is a strong chance they have a sibling in their family living through the experience along with them. As parents, we not only need […]


BY KIMBERLEE RUTAN MCCAFFERTY I no longer regret the more traditional trappings of the life I’d envisioned for my son. Over the past few years I’ve begun to see that needing those traditional milestones to achieve happiness is my disability, not his. He nearly stumbled over the stroller, the elderly man with the kind eyes who apologized, then bent down to speak to my son Justin. “Hi there buddy!” he said exuberantly, then put up […]

Lincoln Center Education Announces More Performances of “Up and Away”

Due to high demand and a growing wait list, Lincoln Center Education announces additional performances for the world premiere production of Up and Away, an original, multi-sensory theatrical experience specifically for young audiences on the autism spectrum. The previously announced 32 performances for school groups and the general public, running from September 29-October 25, have sold out.  There will be eight additional public performances for families, October 27–November 1, 2015. Up and Away was commissioned […]

One Size Does Not Fit All

AMERICAN INSTITUTES FOR RESEARCH/AIR The proportion of working-age people with disabilities who are in the labor force fell from 25 percent in 2001 to 16 percent in 2014,  according to a new brief from the American Institutes for Research (AIR). More broadly, among those able to work who are either employed or actively looking for jobs, the data for people with disabilities has remained stagnant, or declined, despite “the array of federal policies, executive orders, […]

New Online Autism Training For Babysitters Available

By Christina Elston All parents want their child’s babysitters to be well prepared – able to keep their child entertained, handle the after-school or bedtime routine and deal with whatever challenges or emergencies might come up. For parents of children on the autism spectrum, there’s a new online tool available to help prepare sitters for the unique challenge of caring for these special kids. Available from the Institute for Behavioral Training (IBT), the package includes […]

50% Of Children With Special Needs Are Bullied At School

B A C K – T O – S C H O O L  S U R V E Y Parents that were recently surveyed by AngelSense revealed the severity of the situation for children with special needs: 50% of parents reported that their special needs child has been bullied at least once on the way to school or at school, and almost 80% of parents of children with special needs, such as autism spectrum […]

Mainstreaming the Education of Children with Disabilities: The Teacher’s Perspective

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD, STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON), AND MISHA GAREY, DDS “Inclusive education is a worldwide phenomenon widely advocated in the recent past. It is a philosophy as well as a principle and/or practice that is based on human rights and social justice. It advocates that children with special needs have to be educated along their normal peers in the regular […]