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Maryland Teen With Autism Works to Improve Interactions With Police

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | Jun 18, 2020 |
Maryland Teen With Autism Works to Improve Interactions With Police

While tensions between police and the African-American community are currently at an all-time high, the struggles experienced by individuals with autism in engaging with police might go overlooked. Jake Lynn,…

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Minnesota Man With Autism Creates Stunning, Vibrant Artwork

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | Jun 17, 2020 |
Minnesota Man With Autism Creates Stunning, Vibrant Artwork

Jimmy Reagan, a resident of Mendota Heights, Minnesota, has confronted many hurdles throughout his life. As a toddler, he was diagnosed with autism, losing his language and social skills. At…

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11 Year Old Boy With Autism Moves Teachers With Poem Describing His Experiences On the Spectrum

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | Jun 16, 2020 |
11 Year Old Boy With Autism Moves Teachers With Poem Describing His Experiences On the Spectrum

In April of 2019, Kenzi Jupp, a young boy with autism from Chesterfield, England, was out of school due to being under the weather. Kenzi had been hoping to find…

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Governor Andrew Cuomo Greenlights In-Person Special Education Classes for the Summer

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | Jun 15, 2020 |
Governor Andrew Cuomo Greenlights In-Person Special Education Classes for the Summer

Adapting to “distance learning” has been a challenge for both educators and students, particularly those with autism and other special needs. Some relief arrived on Friday, June 05, when New…

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9-Year-Old Boy With Autism, Cerebral Palsy Completes Marathon, Raises Over $100,000 for Charity

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | Jun 12, 2020 |
Tobias Weller, a 9-year-old boy with autism from England, completed a 26 mile marathon last month, raising more than $100,000 for charity.

Tobias Weller, a 9-year-old boy from England with autism and cerebral palsy, completed the final leg of a 26.2 mile marathon on May 31, raising $100,000 for charity. According to…

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Regions Bank Launches Program to Support Nonprofits Serving People With Autism

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | Jun 11, 2020 |
Throughout June, Regions Bank will promote nonprofits serving people with autism through its "What a Difference a Day Makes" program.

Throughout June, Regions Bank will support nonprofits serving people with autism with its “What a Difference a Day Makes” program. According to a report by Businesswire.com, the initiative allows the communities Region…

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New Animated Children’s Series Features Young Hero With Autism

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | Jun 10, 2020 |
"Hero Elementary," a new animated children's series on PBS Kids, features a group of students with superpowers, one of whom is on the autism spectrum.

2017 marked a breakthrough for the representation of characters with autism in media through the debut of Julia, a 4-year-old Sesame Street Muppet with autism. This month, PBS Kids has…

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During Coronavirus, Mother of Son With Autism Receives Outpouring of Support

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | Jun 9, 2020 |
In an article this month for Yahoo Life, the mother of a child with autism described the huge outpouring of kindness and support she has received during the Coronavirus quarantine.

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues, small acts of everyday kindness have more value than ever. In an article this month for Yahoo Life, one mother, Cathy B., described the kindness…

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Author Heidi Rome Shares Inspiring Message for Parents of Children With Autism in New Book

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | Jun 8, 2020 |
Heidi Rome, an author and mother of two sons with autism, shares an inspirational message for parents of children on the spectrum in her new book, “You Just Have to Love Me: Mothering Instructions from My Autistic Child."

Heidi Rome, MBA, is the mother of two sons with autism and an expert on the autism journey for mothers. In her new book, “You Just Have to Love Me:…

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