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Take Nothing for Granted. My Son with Severe Autism Just Watched an Entire Movie at the Theater

My son, Jaron, has autism. If he's not interested in something, he's quick to move on to the next thing. Even his most favorite TV shows only keep his interest for a few minutes. He'll rarely get through half an hour of anything, let along a full-length feature film.

Then you have to add that we're in a strange places surrounded by strangers. Thanks to Children's Village and the Yakima Theaters, my son was able to see a movie for the first time -- and he sat down the entire time!

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I Was Prescribed to Go Out to Eat Once a Week. Where Should I Go?

My son Jaron, who has severe autism, goes to Children's Village a few times a week to learn several things. One thing we're currently working on is how to act in public, especially at a restaurant. The folks at Children's Village advised my family and I to go out to eat once a week to Jaron used to a restaurant setting. Where, in Yakima, should we go?

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My Son Graduated Kindergarten and I Couldn’t Be More Proud

Raising a son with autism, you have to cheerlead every step of the way. From going potty to saying, "thank you," to having him ask for what he's wanting without just making a struggling sound because he's not getting what he needs, every day is different. Thanks to the great teachers at Gilbert and helpful staff at Children's Village, I'm one proud papa to say that my son just graduated Kindergarten.

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Autism Awareness Night at Gymnastics Plus was a Blast!

Every year Gymnastics Plus and Kids Castle open their doors to kids with autism to let them roam free, play on the equipment and be amongst their friends. This day is one of the highlights of my son's year. I can't thank Gymnastics Plus for doing this.

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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
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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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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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