Different, Not Defective: Accepting Autism

Journalist and author Steve Silberman opened his recent Family Action Network (FAN) talk with a great dose of enthusiasm: “We’re living in a very exciting time because society is on the brink of a major transformation.” Silberman could be referring to anything from politics to education (and, in the end, he’s kind of talking about both), yet […]

“The Boy Who Saved My Life” Book Signing

In this inspirational page turner, author Earle Martin shares the story of how his autistic grandson, Charlie, profoundly changed his life.   Through describing his walk with Charlie and their experiences together, Martin not only shapes a beautiful story but also helps the reader reflect on a special friend or relationship that has had a […]

Holiday Shortbread Goes a Long Way for Young Adults With Autism

Over 35 percent of young adults with autism have not held a paying job nor enrolled in college after leaving high school, according to a 2012 national study conducted by Dr. Paul Shattuck. Have Dreams, a local autism resource organization with locations in Evanston and Park Ridge, is working to change those statistics. The organization […]

The Benefits of Regular Massage

Getting a massage isn’t just a way to be pampered—it also provides relief to people of all ages. Massage therapy addresses a variety of health conditions, the most prevalent being stress-related tension. Massage has also proven beneficial in treating sleep disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, lower back pain, immunity suppression, spinal cord injury, autism, cancer-related […]

Local Dad Builds a Special Bike for a Special Community

Steven Cohen built a bike for his 11-year-old son Joey, who has autism, and in the process created a tool that brings special needs kids and adults independence and joy. And his JoRide bike (aptly named after his son) is getting lots of attention. Already, local news outlets have praised Cohen for creating a bike […]

Autism Speaks: 100 Day Kit

Autism Speaks’ free 100 Day Kit offers critical information and an action plan for families in the first days after a child’s diagnosis. While countless websites are geared toward some aspect of the disease, the 100 Day Kit compiles the essentials from the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, Autism Speaks. Many parents feel […]

Wretches & Jabberers: Changing Minds About Autism

Two men embarked on a journey to put a new face on autism—one with humor and soul and empathy.   Filmmaker Gerardine Wurzburg went along for the ride. Her new documentary, “Wretches and Jabberers” will be shown in Chicago on Thursday, May 12, as part of a nationwide event: 100 Cities. One Night for Autism. […]