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Today, April 2, is National Autism Awareness Day

Although April is reserved for Autism Awareness Month (which I still think should be Autism Acceptance Month) April 2nd is considered the day for Autism Awareness Day. It's hard to describe Autism without exaggerating or downplaying any of the symptoms.

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Can We Change ‘Autism Awareness Month’ to ‘Autism Acceptance Month’?

The month of April is Autism Awareness Month. It's something very dear to me as I have two children who have both been diagnosed with ASD (autism spectrum disorder). What bugs me is that I'd rather have an acceptance of autism than an awareness.

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Xolie Morra Needs Your Help in Funding a Documentary on Having Autism in the Music Industry

One of my favorite new artists, Xolie Morra, from the Seattle band The Strange Kind, is not only a very talented musician but also has a form of autism which is a subject that hits very close to home for me. She's doing a fundraiser to show what it's like to live a day in the life of working in the music industry while being 'on the spectrum' and needs your support.

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Jaron enjoying his first day back with Pegasus Project / Photo: Michele Riggs
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My Son Enjoys His First Day Back with Horse Therapy in Adorable Photo

My son Jaron, as you may or may not know, has autism. Last year we went through a horse therapy course at Pegasus Project and he absolutely loved it. We started back up this week and, as you can tell by this picture, he was more than overjoyed to be back!

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Photo Credit: Heather Houston via ABC
Photo Credit: Heather Houston via ABC
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Mom Turns Down $86,000 Offer to Pull Her Autistic Son from School

A mom, whose son with autism attends a public school in California, turned down $86,000 to have her son pulled from school.

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‘Light It Up Blue’ – April is Autism Awareness Month

The month of April is National Autism Awareness Month. This hits home to me as I have a son with autism.

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Photo: John Riggs
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My Autistic Son Spends a Magical Moment with Santa

Our local Children's Village hosts a Christmas-type party every year that features arts and crafts, games and Santa is there with gifts for everyone. My autistic son, who doesn't like to be around strangers or like to be held, found something about Santa that made him pull up a seat right by his side.

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Katy Perry Sings ‘Firework’ With Autistic Girl on ‘Night of Too Many Stars’

I completely understand that Comedy Central's 'Night of Too Many stars' hasn't aired yet, but here's a clip I had to share. Jodi DiPiazza is a girl who was diagnosed with autism, which is what the Night of Too Many Stars brings awareness to. Here she is singing 'Firework' with Katy Perry.

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Hero of the Day: Man Catches Seven-Year-Old Girl As She Jumps From Third Story Window [VIDEO]

Meet Steven St Bernard. He's 52 and happen to be passing by when other kids were pointing out there was a little girl on an air conditioner. She squeezed out between the window and AC so it appeared that jumping was the only way down.

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Controversy Erupts After Father Secretly Tapes Teachers Verbally Abusing Autistic Son [VIDEO]

Confused by reports that his autistic son had suddenly become violent at school, New Jersey dad Stuart Chaifetz made the child wear a recording device in an attempt get to the bottom of things. Shockingly, he discovered that a teacher and a teacher’s aide were verbally abusing learning-disabled children at Horace Mann Elementary School in the town of Cherry Hill.

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Today Is World Autism Awareness Day – Meet My Son Jaron

Today, April 2nd, is National Autism Awareness Day and I couldn't be more aware as my 3 year old son has autism.

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Kid Rock Donates to Northwest Autism Center And Second Harvest Food Bank

On the final stop of the 12 city “CARE” tour Kid Rock announced the local recipients of a portion of the more than $400,000 dollars to be donated. Kid Rock has assembled a team of Detroit titans to show support for other cities in need, and to show that Detroit, while experiencing its own difficulties still has the power to unite to help others around the country. Kid Rock, in association with this powerhouse group of local Detroit business people, will donate money to local charities, causes and individuals via the Kid Rock Foundation, all along every stop of his underplay club tour. Radio station partners in each tour market will help determine those individuals and organizations in need.

Spokane’s recipients are: Northwest Autism Center and Second Harvest Food Bank.

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