Autism Awareness Month

Latest Blog Posts on Autism


Interview: Director Morgan Matthews on "A Brilliant Young Mind"

Date: 09/08/2015

Morgan Matthews made a documentary about brilliant teenagers competing in the Math Olympiad, many of whom were on the autism spectrum, and that inspired his feature film, "A Brilliant Young Mind," with "Ender's Game" and "Hugo" star Asa Butterfield. Sally Hawkins plays his mother and Rafe Spall plays his teacher, once a brilliant young mind himself but now bitter over his struggle with multiple ...

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Tribute: Oliver Sacks

Date: 08/30/2015

We mourn the passing of neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks, who illuminated the workings of the brain and set an example of grace and compassion that extended to the way he shared his thoughts about his terminal diagnosis . I first learned of his work when I read his book, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales , stories about his patients. Those extreme examples ...

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AFI Docs 2015: What I Saw

Date: 06/21/2015

I loved every film I saw at AFI Docs this year, with a wide variety in subject matter and tone. There were intimate, personal stories, and movies about major global figures and forces. And I also saw an eye-popping demonstration of new technology, VIZIO's Ultra HD supporting Dolby Vision. With samples from computer animation to live action, the Reference Series TV, which will be available later ...

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Justice and Mercy

Date: 06/20/2015

As we know, it was God's undeniable sense of justice that demanded that He allow Jesus to be sacrificed on the cross.  However, it was God's mercy that allowed this perfect human to be killed for the sin of all mankind.  While we can do nothing to earn and thereby exact from God forgiveness, we are able to come humbly and ask for forgiveness that can only be given by a merciful Lord. The Messag ...

Related Topics: Mentally Challenged Community, Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Spectrum, Christian, Faith, Justice, Mercy


AFI Docs 2015: The World's Best Documentary Film Festival Begins Tonight in Washington DC

Date: 06/17/2015

AFI Docs (formerly SilverDocs) begins tonight in Washington, D.C. with another spectacular slate of documentary films. The opening night festivities feature "The Best of Enemies," a terrific film about the battle of the upper-class, socially connected, classically educated, hyperverbal writers and sometime candidates for election William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal. They had those qualities in co ...

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Interview: Claire LaZebnik, Author of Wrong About the Guy

Date: 05/20/2015

[caption id="attachment_34709" align="alignright" width="200"] Copyright Harper Teen 2015[/caption] The wonderful Claire LaZebnik has written another terrific YA book.  This one is Wrong About the Guy , the story of Ellie, a high school senior who lives with her mother, her musician stepfather, who has become unexpectedly famous as the judge of a reality music television series, and her lit ...

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Creative ADHD

Date: 04/28/2015

While on the plane heading from Philadelphia to New Orleans for my first ever visit to attend Jazz Fest with friends, I was perusing the in flight mag called American Way- since my carrier is American Airlines. Being a writer, editor and former publisher, I always read the Editor's Note to see what's what in the rest of the publication. This one grabbed me instantly because the human subject was ...

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Essential Oils For Autism

Date: 02/26/2015

My article ‘5 Essential Oils To Fight Fatigue and Open Chakras’ mentions that essential oils can be used for autism to calm the person. I have a dear friend who has an autistic thirteen year old son. So I did some research and here’s what I learned about using essential oils for autism. There are strong testimonials about using essential oils for autism to calm and relax the person. E ...

Related Topics: Depression, Mental Health, Terezia Farkas, Emotional Health, Wellbeing, Dealing With Depression, Mood Disorders, Lived Experience, Autism, Essential Oils

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