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Latest success stories, news and information concerning Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Neurodiverse Community

Puberty, Pandemic and Perseverance

By Ula Tinsley | Jul 16, 2020 |
Ula's Blog

What a year, huh?! We all had grand plans and visions for 2020… This was to be THE year – the year of change, progress, and new beginnings. Hmm… There…

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Colgate teams up with Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices, for the ‘Bright Smiles, Bright Futures’ program

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | Jul 9, 2020 |
Bright Futures Bright Smiles Program at Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices with Colgate

In an effort to encourage our students to learn about oral health and practice good oral hygiene, we introduced the Colgate-Palmolive ‘Bright Smiles, Bright Futures’ program initiative to encourage long-term…

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How Remote Learning Has Influenced My Autistic Child: “I Didn’t Like Second Grade…I Only Like Mom School”

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | Jul 9, 2020 |
Mother and Daughter Working Through School on Computer

Since the start of the Coronavirus quarantine several months ago, remote learning has proven to be extremely challenging for many children with autism and their parents who have been deprived…

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Autism And Synesthesia. Can You Hear Colors And Taste Certain Music Too?

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | Jul 2, 2020 |
Autism And Synesthesia. Can You Hear Colors And Taste Certain Music Too?

Synesthesia, a sensory processing disorder that results in mixed sensory perceptions (i.e. “seeing” colors or “tasting” music), affects up to 20% of people with autism, according to a report this…

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The “New Normal” After Lockdown

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | Jun 25, 2020 |
What will things look like after the quarantine is lifted

After months of being quarantined due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many people are itching to escape from their homes and resume their pre-Corona routines. But, there are other people on…

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Student From Flushing Wins A $2,500 Prize For Essay On Inclusion And Diversity In Annual Competition

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | Jun 25, 2020 |
Student writing in notepad

Isabella Sicilian, a 10th grade student at Townsend Harris High School in Flushing, Queens described fighting against bullying in her essay “How Can I Lead My School and Community to…

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Teen with Autism Describes Challenges Of Communicating With Parents

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | Jun 24, 2020 |
The challenges of communicating with parents when a child has autism

For some teens and young adults with autism, communicating their thoughts and feelings to their parents can be a challenge. One of those young adults is Isabell Quinn. In an…

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Nicole Sigler, Mother Of 5-Year-Old with Autism, Publishes First Children’s Book

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | Jun 23, 2020 |

At 2-years-old, Nicole Sigler’s daughter, Isabella Rose, was diagnosed with autism. Three years later, Sigler has published a children’s book, “Hi, I’m Rosie!”, designed to help children understand what autism…

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Illinois Deputies Hold Surprise Birthday Celebration for 18-Year-Old With Autism

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | Jun 19, 2020 |
This month, Sheriff's deputies in Illinois surprised an 18-year-old year old with autism for his birthday.

In our troubled times, simple acts of kindness should be valued more than ever. That kindness was on display this month in Illinois, when nine deputies with the McLean County…

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