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Weekly Whirl – World Autism Awareness Day is 1 Month Away!

March 2, 2012 2 comments

If anyone knows how hectic life can get – WE DO! That’s why we have created the Autism Speaks Weekly Whirl to fill you in on all of the highlights of the week! The last thing we want is for you to be left out of the loop! Please share with friends and family to spread the word about all of the exciting things going on in the autism community. Keep in mind, these updates aren’t limited to Autism Speaks — we will be featuring news from across the community.

Can you believe that one month today marks World Autism Awareness Day! On April 2, 2012 we will again kick off our global initiative, Light It Up Blue, to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day. Our goal is to light the whole world blue – city by city, town by town – by taking action to raise autism awareness in our communities. Please email LIUB@autismspeaks.org for more information and tools!

Autism Speaks would like to thank all the buildings, communities, schools and families that participated in 2011 Light It Up Blue. Prominent buildings across North America and the world – including the Empire State Building in New York City and the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada turned their lights blue to raise autism awareness and to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. Click on the images above to see all the buildings that were a part of the fourth annual World Autism Awareness Day celebration in 2011.

Here are some of our favorite shots from 2011!

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Weekly Whirl – Autism Swag!

February 17, 2012 3 comments

If anyone knows how hectic life can get – WE DO! That’s why we have created the Autism Speaks Weekly Whirl to fill you in on all of the highlights of the week! The last thing we want is for you to be left out of the loop! Please share with friends and family to spread the word about all of the exciting things going on in the autism community. Keep in mind, these updates aren’t limited to Autism Speaks — we will be featuring news from across the community.

This week we wanted to focus on autism swag! We all know that awareness is key and these awesome people show us how they do it! 

Tracy R

Ruth Ann Luna

Nicole Persaud Settles

Julie McDonald Gilmore

Jenny March

The Autism Speaks Puzzle Piece Appeared on ABC’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy!’

February 10, 2012 9 comments

Last night we couldn’t believe our eyes! The Autism Speaks Puzzle Piece appeared on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy! There was no autism storyline, just our poster! Thanks so much ABC for helping to spread autism awareness!

You can watch full the episode here!

PS: We are on the 24th minute!

Weekly Whirl – Gearing Up for Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2012 1 comment

If anyone knows how hectic life can get – WE DO! That’s why we have created the Autism Speaks Weekly Whirl to fill you in on all of the highlights of the week! The last thing we want is for you to be left out of the loop! Please share with friends and family to spread the word about all of the exciting things going on in the autism community. Keep in mind, these updates aren’t limited to Autism Speaks — we will be featuring news from across the community.

“A man is not where he lives, but where he loves.”  -Latin Proverb

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Yes, we know that some people absolutely despise this holiday, but then there are those romantics who love it! Check out what our community thinks about this holiday and what their plans are! 

Anita Luke Will be celebrating my autistic sons 13th bday! I was blessed on valentines day, have my own valentine ♥ I call him my Love baby & he smiles at me. I will submit a photo of him on a different post waiting for his bus this morning for school. Thanks for letting me share.

Whitney Rose Walker A 30 minute deep tissue massage @ a local parlor for my guy…then dinner, drinks & hopefully a nice movie! Hope he likes his gift!

Beverly Meile i already started celebrating, my boyfriend took me out clothes shopping & yesterday we went jewlery shopping. hE’S THE BEST…

Rhonda Sheppard Lane I bought myself new clothes and will go out to a quiz night with some friends Valentine’s night. May be talked into a glass of vino or two!

Bonnie Oswalt Marvin The kids and I will be doing cards and will probably just hang out with hubby at home. :) That is my favorite thing to do! :)

Aubree Rankin Bowling I am making my kids “cozy kits” for Valentine’s presents–we got them beanbag chairs, kid-sized snuggies, a soft stuffed animal, and a pile of books each!

Valerie Rodriguez My son is autistic so I will be helping him write v-day cards to his class mates at school~

Joseph-Kristine Alvarez We are planning a “Love at Play site” playdate for the kiddos. So far no one RSVP yet lol =) But we will try =)

Samantha Lee Valentine’s Day is also my 9 year Anniversary..So this weekend my husband and I are going to spend a romantic weekend together this weekend…On Valentine’s Day/Our Anniversary we are going to do something special with our 3 precious children :)

Andi Wells My friend made reservations at a restaurant and we’re each taking our kiddos to an early dinner. Then back home for a movie. Hopefully if we go early enough we’ll beat the crowds and avoid meltdowns in the restaurant.

Check out our Valentine’s Day Market! You can shop for a cause!

Weekly Whirl – Superbowl Fever!

February 3, 2012 1 comment

If anyone knows how hectic life can get – WE DO! That’s why we have created the Autism Speaks Weekly Whirl to fill you in on all of the highlights of the week! The last thing we want is for you to be left out of the loop! Please share with friends and family to spread the word about all of the exciting things going on in the autism community. Keep in mind, these updates aren’t limited to Autism Speaks — we will be featuring news from across the community.

Sunday February 5th marks the date of football’s biggest night – the National Football League’s 46th Superbowl! The New York Giants face off against the New England Patriots in a rematch of the 2010 Superbowl! Last time the Giants came out on top! Can they do it again? Only time will tell!

Sebree Baltimore – “I don’t know who made this, but found it and thought it to be a great way to add to the celebration.”

Kacie Lynne Campbell: “Last year’s Superbowl. My daughter is draped in our Packers towel because she didn’t have a jersey. My son, who has austism, is a big Clay Matthews fan. It was an awesome day in the Campbell/Esparza household!”

Richie Maldonado: “Little G-Man…Let’s GO Giants! :)”

Jamie Milward: “This was taken in October of 2008, supporting our teams for Halloween! It wasn’t SuperBowl but we ended up wearing the same thing during the Superbowl game that season! lol”

Kelly Rodriguez Andrus: “Go Patriots! (This is our son Bradley’s war cry face!)”

Weekly Whirl – Our Favorite Tweets!

January 27, 2012 3 comments

If anyone knows how hectic life can get – WE DO! That’s why we have created the Autism Speaks Weekly Whirl to fill you in on all of the highlights of the week! The last thing we want is for you to be left out of the loop! Please share with friends and family to spread the word about all of the exciting things going on in the autism community. Keep in mind, these updates aren’t limited to Autism Speaks — we will be featuring news from across the community.

Are you on Twitter? If you aren’t, you should be! Hop on and follow us at @AutismSpeaks! We picked out some of our favorite tweets of the week – enjoy!

@Kristiwright3: @autismspeaks here is our shirt this year with TEAM CLAYTON on the back with sponsor names :) pic.twitter.com/y8sftZqN

@DaiseeDukes3: @autismspeaks I wear an autism ribbon for my brother!!! <3 Hudson <3pic.twitter.com/KgRvKiOg

@DiaryofaMom: @autismspeaks thank YOU for your support of our #military families with #autism!#cmkaa @MrsSGMKenyon

@KristianPRGirl: 66 ppl on Team Jacob for 1st annual Walk Now for Autism event in Indy! Still time to join us. @autismspeaks

@PeterSRooney: Join @autismspeaks and 110 celebrity puzzlebuilders in raising funds for #autism. Check out #puzzlebuilderbit.ly/a69ydx

@briamduhamel: @autismspeaks same!:) most of my friends are aware of my Autism. My new motto is: “Autistic and Proud!”

@BrielleMissNJ: Meeting went awesome today! Proud to announce I’m your new 2012 Publicity Chair for Central NJ @autismspeaks :-) #autism

@MrsSGMKenyon: @autismspeaks THANK YOU for highlighting struggles our #military families face w/accessing #AUTISM therapies!blog.autismspeaks.org/2012/01/26/tro…#CMKAA

Weekly Whirl – Focus on Sevenly!

January 20, 2012 2 comments

If anyone knows how hectic life can get – WE DO! That’s why we have created the Autism Speaks Weekly Whirl to fill you in on all of the highlights of the week! The last thing we want is for you to be left out of the loop! Please share with friends and family to spread the word about all of the exciting things going on in the autism community. Keep in mind, these updates aren’t limited to Autism Speaks — we will be featuring news from across the community.

This week we have been partnered with Sevenly, an awesome organization whose mission is, “To raise capital and awareness for the world’s greatest causes.” The Autism Speaks campaign set the record for the most funds raised on the first day! We would like to send a big THANK YOU to all of those who made it possible!

Don’t worry though, you still have until Monday, January 23 to get in on the action! Just visit http://sevenly.org/ and grab some swag!

Weekly Whirl – Tattoo Time!

January 13, 2012 22 comments

If anyone knows how hectic life can get – WE DO! That’s why we have created the Autism Speaks Weekly Whirl to fill you in on all of the highlights of the week! The last thing we want is for you to be left out of the loop! Please share with friends and family to spread the word about all of the exciting things going on in the autism community. Keep in mind, these updates aren’t limited to Autism Speaks — we will be featuring news from across the community.

Who says you can’t be creative with spreading autism awareness? These awesome folks submitted photos of their tattoos – yes, you read correctly, TATTOOS for their loved ones who have autism. Have a look, tell us what you think!

Melissa Fuller

“For my son Brayden. Just done yesterday. Done in invisible ink that will glow. The tattoo artist said people wil wonder where the key is, I said we are still searching for it.”

Julie Burke

“♥ :)”

Jennifer Rae Sawyer

“Got this for my middle child, Isaiah, who has autism. He is such a blessing! :)”

 

Korban Trautman

“Got this for my brother a few years ago, just felt like sharing.”


Tim Greninger

“For my God Daughter…..”

 

Weekly Whirl – Community Resolutions for 2012!

January 6, 2012 3 comments

If anyone knows how hectic life can get – WE DO! That’s why we have created the Autism Speaks Weekly Whirl to fill you in on all of the highlights of the week! The last thing we want is for you to be left out of the loop! Please share with friends and family to spread the word about all of the exciting things going on in the autism community. Keep in mind, these updates aren’t limited to Autism Speaks — we will be featuring news from across the community.

Happy New Year from Autism Speaks!

We asked what your resolutions for 2012 were and here are some of our favorites!

Janet Edghill “Get insurance reform passed in Hawaii!”

Moria Chiavonne “Stress less, smile more.”

Kimberley Jean Pretzer “To enjoy all of the experiences of life.”

Donna Nersesian-Mucha “You guys will probably understand mine (I hope.) My son has Aspergers so everyting’s about him in his mind. This year I told him that it’s the year of Mom. I need to teach him how to have empathy for others needs so I may as well start at home.”

Paul Nicholls “Try to understand that i may NOT understand my son.”

Andi Wells “I hope to continue to stay strong for my daughter and make her life as easy as possible. And to work hard to raise even more autism awareness.”

Ashley Pryde “To find a routine that works for both our boys and make a happier household all round”

Noreene Bailey-Treece “Art work for a show. the natural world from the aspergers view, a natural part of the human spectrum.”

Keisha Jamaica “Stop blaming myself and my son’s dad for our son autism. I finally accept it but also stop having anxiety about his future and how people will treat him. Cuz its a scary world out there.”

Natalie Wright “To try and see the world through my sons eyes!”

Lorrie S. LeBeaux “To make more time for mama, and find more things that mama and her big son both enjoy doing!”

Weekly Whirl – Our Favorite Holiday Blogs!

December 23, 2011 2 comments

If anyone knows how hectic life can get – WE DO! That’s why we have created the Autism Speaks Weekly Whirl to fill you in on all of the highlights of the week! The last thing we want is for you to be left out of the loop! Please share with friends and family to spread the word about all of the exciting things going on in the autism community. Keep in mind, these updates aren’t limited to Autism Speaks — we will be featuring news from across the community.

This week we are bringing you our favorite holiday blogs from across the web! We would like to wish you a wonderful holiday and a happy and healthy new year! 

Autism Christmas: Different but not less*
“Around the world families will be awoken by small children in the wee hours of the morning begging to see what Santa has left them in their stockings and under the tree. Later they will welcome guests or perhaps travel to see extended family for a special Christmas meal with all the fixings.” -Adventures in Extreme Parenthood

Nate’s Hanukkah list
“Nate isn’t one for surprises. He likes what he likes and that’s that. So when it comes time for his birthday, or Hanukkah, he types up a list of what he wants and we order it. The package gets delivered, he files his new stuff away with little to no fanfare and it’s over almost before it begins.” - Jeff Katz from Autism Support Network

About the Tree
But the past couple years she has decided to ignore the Christmas tree completely. Like… Meh. I am not going to pay any attention to these crazy people putting a treein a  house. Rearranging my living room and oohhing and ahhing and carrying on and putting stuff under it that nobody can play with and stuff on it that’s not even fruit. If I can’t climb it, jump on it, hide under it, spin it, or eat it, it’s of no use to me. Tree, shmree. Whatever people.” -Rhema’s Hope

Christmas 2010
“I’m remembering a day that worked. A day in which every member of the family participated in the celebration of the holiday in his or her own way. A day upon which compromises were struck and expectations were sent out to sea. A day in which any unnecessary demands were dispatched. A day when small prizes were treasured and time was valued above all else. A day that never would have been possible just a few short years ago.”
-Diary of a Mom 

I HAVE A LITTLE DREIDEL (FOR AN SPD HANUKKAH)
“Any holiday can disrupt a family’s routine. One that is eight nights long can really change things up. My son, with all of his sensory issues, can’t sit through an organized Temple Tots celebration or anything like that. So for a successful holiday, we’ll be doing all our celebrating at home, just like I did when I was a kid. And this year, we’ll be making our Hanukkah sensory friendly.” – Alysia from The SPD Blogger Network

Christmas Magic
“Life as a special needs child is tough.  When she role-plays, I’m at once elated that she is developing her pretend play skills, and dismayed that her doll is “going to therapy” day after day. Childhood should be about wonder and magic, not mundane, routine therapy. So at this time of year, I find it even more important to put the wonder back into her life.” – Spectrummy Mummy from Hopeful Parents

A Season of Difference
“Schuyler understands how tribes are formed, I think, at least on some visceral level.  And rather than feeling overwhelmed at how we are spiritually out-of-sync with most of those around us, she is encouraged by our little pod of difference.  In her own way, Schuyler understands the concept of family better than most.” -Robert Hummul-Hudson from Support for Special Needs

Early Hanukkah
“Jacob actually yelled “Happy Hanukkah!” to everyone this year instead of “Merry Christmas!” which he used to be wont to do, as there is so much more of that in the world around him to catch his echolalic attention.”  – The Squashed Bologna

Autism’s Season of Hope
“It dawned on me that this could only mean one thing:  perhaps the experts had it wrong.  Perhaps it was actually his profound attachment to me that made him believe I was all-powerful, responsible for the lights and everything else around him. Perhaps it meant that Nat – though profoundly autistic – was deeply connected to me, after all.”
– Susan Senator with a forward from Lisa Belkin

Wonderful Christmas Time
“Last year, a few of my friends from my support group were talking about getting their kids’ pictures taken with Santa at the mall.  Or rather, not getting them.  The lines, the looks, the sensory overload…it was all too much for their kids.”  – Try Defying Gravity

The Spectrumville Christmas Letter
“It’s that time of year again to share with you our adventures in this journey we call life. 2011 has been another year of magic and wonder…” – Erica from Laughing Through Tears 

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