Autism Awareness

April is autism awareness month. The puzzle pattern reflects the complexity of the autism spectrum. The different colors and shapes represent the diversity of the people and families living with the condition. #Support #Care #Understand

News and Articles on Autism

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Meet the Autistic Scientists Redefining Autism Research

Growing ranks of researchers on the spectrum are overcoming barriers—from neurotypical bias to sensory sensitivities—to shape autism science ...
Hector Ramirez outside his home in Chatsworth. Ramirez is autistic, and the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted his daily routine.

Voices from the spectrum: Autistic people deal with the coronavirus

When the coronavirus hit Southern California, Hector Ramirez tried to hang on to some of the guideposts in his usual routine: Waking up at 6 a.m. each day. Making his ...
Childrens Museum of Pittsburgh Museum Lab

MuseumLab designed to enhance the user experience of individuals on the autism spectrum.

MuseumLab at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is a recently completed isUD certified project that provides an inclusive place for visitors of all abilities, especially individuals with autism ...

Meet the Autistic Scientists Redefining Autism Research

Growing ranks of researchers on the spectrum are overcoming barriers—from neurotypical bias to sensory sensitivities—to shape autism science ...

Going Beyond Average With Inclusive Design

Designing workplaces for “the average person” used to be philosophy aimed at satisfying most of the people, most of the time. But that also excluded a lot of people who ...
The Sacramento Zoo is now more accessible to sensory sensitive individuals that live with autism, dementia, PTSD and similar conditions.

New features at Sacramento Zoo welcome visitors with autism, dementia, PTSD and more

For some, going to the zoo can be just too much. That’s why this summer the Sacramento Zoo partnered with a nonprofit and medical professionals to make the space more ...
Jason Rudge,with wife and son in front of Presley's Place

Airport unveils ‘sensory room’ inspired by worker’s son with autism

Jason Rudge, a heavy equipment operator at the Pittsburgh International Airport, wanted a sensory room for his son with autism. This week, his dream became reality ...
Early Birds sensory-friendly morning at the Science Museum (London).

Autism in Museums: a revolution in the making

As we work to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility among museum audiences and in the workplace, we need to attend to the needs of neurodiverse visitors and employees ...
Adam Harris at Inspirefest 2019

How to make your workplace more autism-friendly

AsIAm.ie founder Adam Harris is on a mission to make Ireland the most autism-friendly country in the world. But how do we get there? ...
Small child looking at a large puzzle piece

Strengthen inclusion, participation of people with autism to ‘achieve their full potential’ says UN chief

On World Autism Awareness Day, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres underscored in his message on Tuesday, the importance of technology which helps people living with autism “achieve their full potential”.  ...
Roger Ideishi, an occupational therapy professor, directs a program that makes art spaces accessible to people with disabilities.

Program accommodates people with disabilities in museums, art exhibitions

An occupational therapy professor directs research to improve public experiences for people with autism-spectrum disorder ...
nthony Moffa, a software engineer at Chase, was diagnosed with autism at age 48.

Where Autistic Workers Thrive

Social interaction and communication skills can be a challenge for people with autism spectrum disorder, but companies looking to hire untapped talent for tech-related jobs are discovering that those with ...
Employee at Microsoft, who is also apart of their autism hiring program.

Individuals with Autism can bring untapped talent to every business

At Microsoft, we see disability as a strength. We are committed to diversity and inclusion, including attracting, recruiting, and retaining diverse talent in the tech industry ...
Graphic illustration of various individuals doing various activities

Inclusive Design: Accommodating Sensory Issues in ASD

Today, 1 in 68 people in North America are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder(ASD), which means there is a significant amount of people who could benefit from more thoughtful design solutions ...
protesters for autism advocacy

The Battle For The Future Of Autism Advocacy

The combined third/fourth grade classroom at Seattle’s Academy for Precision Learning (APL) is humming with activity. An inclusion-based private school created in 2007 to meet the needs of autistic children in ...
illustration of autistic people

Beautiful minds, wasted

IN AMERICA in 1970 one child in 14,000 was reckoned to be autistic. The current estimate is one in 68—or one in 42 among boys. Similarly high numbers can be ...
Dillan Barmache using Apple Tablet

Apple shares new short film on autism proves that accessibility features matter

Apple has released a new pair of videos on its YouTube channel highlighting the effect that technology has on people with disabilities. The video, called “Dillan’s Voice,” features a teenager ...
dolls with disabilities

Mum Of Autistic Boys Creates Dolls That Seek To Encourage Acceptance Of Disabilities

A mother of two autistic boys has created empowering dolls to encourage acceptance of children with disabilities. Maria Kentley, from Melbourne, Australia, started the Hope Toys line last year in ...
colorful furniture and carpeting in a room designed for autism

How To Design For Autism

Problem: many autistic kids are super sensitive to the sight, sound, and feel of their environment. So when New York-Presbyterian decided to build an early intervention center for autistic children, ...
At Home with Autism

At Home with Autism: Designing Housing for the Spectrum

The University of Bristol, the Chicago University Press, has published a landmark book on designing homes for people on the Autism Spectrum, At Home with Autism.  The authors, Kim Steele and ...
dr hans asperger sitting down with children

The Early History of Autism in America

A surprising new historical analysis suggests that a pioneering doctor was examining people with autism before the Civil War ...
Julia sesame street's first character with autism

For ‘Sesame Street,’ Character On The Spectrum Years In The Making

Meet Julia. As you might have heard, she’s Sesame Street’s newest muppet. She has bright orange hair, big green eyes and sometimes takes a long time to answer questions. She’s has ...
google glass

Stanford researchers using Google Glass to help children with autism

Google Glass’ software learns to identify people’s faces and their emotional expressions — what project founder Catalin Voss calls “action units” —  and then classifies them with specific words. This ...
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The children who leave autism behind

Autism is usually thought to be a lifelong condition, but a small number of children lose the core symptoms and shed the diagnosis. Some researchers are beginning to explore how ...
Andrew Richard / BuzzFeed / Courtesy of Oliver Sacks

How Oliver Sacks Helped Introduce The World To Autism

Autism and its many forms may be widely discussed today, but it wasn’t until the famed neurologist and writer told the story of identical twins George and Charles Fin in ...
young man standing in sea kicking up water

Kids With Autism Can Read Emotions Through Body Language

People with autism face a host of difficulties in a society that doesn’t always accommodate them and stereotypes that even undermine experts’ views on the disorder. Due to the social ...
smart watch

Smartwatches and apps can make life easier for children with autism or ADHD

Researchers believe that children with autism or Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can benefit from technologies originally developed for older people. Welfare technology has long been associated with helping older people ...
the word autism with its letters written with chalk of different colors

Opening the Classroom Door for Children with Autism

We can all probably remember how we were taught to swim. Some of us had parents who took us to swimming lessons in a safely constructed pool at the local ...
exterior view of playground at Australia’s Northern School for Autism

‘Design empathy’ builds inclusive spaces for people with autism

Fluorescent lights. A wall painted bright yellow. A smoke detector that keeps beeping through a meeting. These are things that you might encounter in an office or a classroom without ...
The Helen Hamlyn Centre’s (HHC) design for the interior of a fully inclusive taxi for London, with Hexagon Studio and vehicle maker Karsan.

Q&A: Jeremy Myerson on the Real Meaning of Inclusive Design

The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at London’s Royal College of Art is one of the world’s premier research centers for inclusive design, focusing on three areas: Age & Ability, ...
smartphone showing the Look at Me app interface

New Samsung app aims to aid social development for children with autism

A new app released by Samsung aims to improve the lives of children suffering from autism by presenting a fun, smartphone or tablet-based developmental aid. Many who have the condition ...
interior view of home with neutral colors

Designer Focuses On Interiors For Those With Autism

This peaceful environment is entirely by design. When you have a child child with autism, calm is a precious commodity — and Paron-Wildes has become an expert at creating it, ...
interior view of kitchen

Course Focuses On Interior Design For Those On The Spectrum

Tara Filegar begged to be in the first-ever Seminole State College class about interior design for people with autism. The topic hits close to home for Filegar. Her 13-year-old son, ...
illustration of features of an inclusive town

The city that could help people with AUTISM: Planner designs urban hub to make transport, jobs and public spaces more inclusive for her brother

Finding your way around a bustling city can be difficult – and it can be even trickier if you suffer from autism. The condition affects people in a variety of ...
exterior view of Advance Special Needs Education Center in Cairo

Designing Buildings for Children With Autism

Can we design a building that makes life easier for people with autism? A place where autistic children can learn more easily and develop with less stress? According to architect ...
The word AUTISM spelled out over blank puzzle pieces.

Autism Friendly Environments

Dimensions, a non-profit group providing services that support people with autism and learning disabilities, recently conducted an online poll asking the public what type of business they most wanted to ...
Left: "New Struan Centre for Autism Right: Main street at the Morris-Union Jointure Commission’s (MUJC) Developmental Learning Center (DLC)

An Interview with Magda Mostafa: Pioneer in Autism Design

In 2002, Magda Mostafa, a then-PhD student at Cairo University, was given an exciting project: to design Egypt's first educational centre for autism. The young architect set herself down to ...
chart showing a bunch of people clustered on the left (without a disability), and progressively fewer people who are more disabled or at least more divergent

Deep Accessibility and Autistic Space

Blog post on WordPress by Ian Ford Sept 3, 2013 Accessibility has historically been focused on creating more inclusive products and spaces for people with mobility disabilities. However in recent ...
Left: River Street School Right: Sunfield's Rowan and Oak House

Designing for Autism: Spatial Considerations

Last week we looked at the different sensory sensitive approaches to lighting design for autism.  We saw how contradictory recommendations have arisen from a lack of reliable research specific to ...
person walking in a hallway with others siting the background
Recreation: A younger gentleman walking with an older man in the park
Public Buildings: aerial view of city buildings
Streets: people crossing an intersection
Housing: exterior view of a suburban house
Transportation: close up of dangling handles on a bus