What's New Archive
2022 Vermont Arts Awards: Congratulations, Larry Bissonnette!
Artist and Author, Larry Bissonnette, is a recipient of the 2022 Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. Larry is also a disability rights advocate and has exhibited his art and ideas all over the world for the last 25 years. Many congratulations to Larry!
An inclusive communication board was installed at Willow Park park in South Plainfield, NJ. The communication board, which is meant to provide support to those who are nonspeaking or struggle with verbal communication, was donated by South Plainfield Public Library. Read more here.
A new book for kids available on Amazon!
What better than a young reader authored and illustrated by an autistic middle school teacher? “See ME: The Invisible Autistic Boy” is a recreated true tale about an autistic boy who felt invisible. A peer’s acknowledgement then changed everything, inside and out! This inspirational and entertaining tale by David Petrovic enlightens children about a power they all possess: the power to make a difference. It also encourages embracement of differences—in others AND self—while simultaneously educating about autism. A bonus section of puzzles and activities reinforces important concepts. This book is important for all children, special needs or not.
New book release!
For caregivers who are looking for uplifting stories and useful tools to navigate the journey through parenthood with a neurodivergent child, read Our Neurodivergent Journey: A Child Like Mine by Beatrice Moise. Buy your copy here.
If you plan to travel by plane this summer, check out The Arc’s Wings for Autism®/Wings for All® (Wings) program. It offers information, education, and support for individuals, families, and aviation professionals regarding disability and air travel.
There may be an upcoming event near you.
Airports and airplanes can cause anxiety for people with autism.
If you have questions about whether or not the internet is a safe place for autistics, read Internet Safety Guide for People With Autism Spectrum Disorder, developed by WizCase, a provider of tech advice. Check it out here.
Have you ever experienced a Social Hangover?
If the answer is yes, you are not alone! Read The Social Hangover: Autism and Social Events by Catherine Londero on The Art of Autism to learn how to manage, and possibly avoid, a social hangover.
Could virtual reality be the future for working on social skills for children with autism?
Check out this article in The New York Times that discusses the possibility that we will see this sooner than we thought.
For the young adult on the spectrum who's interested in a career in animation, visual effects, 3D gaming, or other digital arts:
Check out Summer Workshops by Exceptional Minds. Session 1 starts June 20 so look at the course descriptions now!
July is Disability Pride Month
Learn more about the history of Disability Pride Month and discover how you can celebrate it this year.
AANE College Panels with College Professionals and Autistic College Grads
July 13, 2022, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm ET: College Consultants and Directors of Student Services Explain What Autistic Individuals Need to Know About College
July 20, 2022, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm ET: Autistic College Graduates Share Their Journey and Secrets for Success
Coming of Age Across the Spectrum
(US Autism Association Summit)
Saturday, July 9, 2022, 10:00 am-10:00 pm ET
Learn from world-renowned experts how to support your autistic teen or young adult as they prepare for post-high school transitions. Learn more here.
Do you or someone you know need visual support understanding the war between Russia and Ukraine?
Download these free resources from Autism Society: Understanding the Russia/Ukraine War & Anxiety Around the Russia/Ukraine War.
Do you feel love in the air?
Netflix's "Love on the Spectrum U.S." has debuted! And contributing author, Dr. Kerry Magro, is one of the show's autism consultants.
New book release!
Want to learn how to become a social ninja? Check out Jeffrey Jessum's newest book: Social Detective Academy: How to Become a Social Detective and Solve Social Mysteries Like a Pro. Get your copy here.
Celebrate Pride Month and Summer!
Check out Autism Society's June resource list. You'll find links to LGTBQ+ resources and autism-friendly summer activities.
Driving with Autism - Five Things Your Driving School Won’t Teach You
June 21, 2022, 7:00-8:30pm ET, $25
Get more information and register here.
June 18th is Autistic Pride Day
Celebrate neurodiversity around the world with others in the autism community.
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Spring Activities for Children With Disabilities by Birth Injury Justice Center. Read about fun activities to do outside with your kiddos, and why it's so important.
Live Event: Friday 10th June, 2022
Professor Tony Attwood and Dr. Michelle Garnett will be presenting a webinar on “Understanding and Supporting Nonverbal Autism.” Register here.
Author and national speaker, Kerry Magro, just published Autistics on Autism: Stories You Need to Hear About What Helped Them While Growing Up and Pursuing Their Dreams.
This best seller is now available here.
Upcoming Event: International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) 2022 Annual Meeting, May 11 - 14, Austin, Texas, USA.
INSAR 2022 is a hybrid event, held both virtually and in-person. Online registration opens May 9. Click here for more information.
Vanessa Gill, CEO of Social Cipher, announced their collaboration with #calmstrips, sensory stickers. The Social Cipher Collection includes a 5 Calm Strips Pack of Ava’s Constellation AND a free BONUS Calm Strip of Ava + Mup! Check it out here!
From artist and AA, Sydney Edmond: "My Zelensky painting is now available in my little RedBubble store. You can get a Zelensky pin or shirt and wear it to show your support for Ukraine. Or a scarf. I am eager to put on my Zelensky shirt. Glory to Ukraine!"
Check out Sydney's art here.
We hope you enjoyed OCALICON 2022 as much as we did!
Our session, Autism Moving Forward: Unexpected Lessons From a Weird Year, went great! It's always an exciting experience to present at a prestigious conference like OCALICON.
In case you missed it, you can download our presentation slides and our handout here: