April is autism month or World Autism Day on April 2nd according to the United Nations. This month our Special Needs News issue is dedicated to autism resources to help you at home, school and the community.

These days it's hard to find someone that hasn't heard of autism. However, their understanding varies or is guided by the one chiid with autism they met.  Here are some helpful resources on explaining autism to family, autism disability awareness and an overview of autism spectrum disorder.

So many questions about handling autism behaviors at home.  Hope we can point you in the right direction.  Here are resources on autism parenting, newly diagnosed and looking for direction, autism toilet training, autism and travel and visual systems.

Here are many articles and support on autism school issues, classroom accommodations, bullying, autism teacher resources, explaining autism to teachers, understanding school rules and social skills in the classroom.

Our children need extra support when going out in the community.  Here are visuals, articles and strategies for going on an airplane, going on an elevator, going to a funeral, going to a restaurant, going to the dentist, going to the doctor, going for a haircut and using a public restroom.

We are poking fun at and highlighting the greater issue of the upcoming revision to the DSM. The new criteria plans to get rid of Asperger syndrome and PDD-Nos and creates stricter guidelines for diagnosing autism spectrum disorder.

Critics point out that by looking at previous diagnoses under this new criteria, up to 80% of children with asperger's, PDD-Nos and high functioning autism would not be diagnosed as having an ASD. Newly diagnosed children under DSM-5 may not receive the same school and insurance services under the proposed social communication disorder as they would under autism spectrum disorder. 

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Your quote of the month:
"I feel sorry for the neurotypicals. They're so...normal"

Warmest wishes to you and your family,
Dawn Villarreal