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    The limited amount of apps designed for adolescents through adults on the spectrum is a strong indicator that this population is often overlooked. From this limited supply of apps designed for teenagers and adults, we have listed below some that are highly rated by users and apps that are proficient, but have yet to earn enough reviews to warrant a rating one way or another. These apps are designed to help increase sociability, independence, and overall life skills in day-to-day situations.

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  3. U.S. Autism Rates Jump 30% From 2012

    One in 68 eight-year-olds in the U.S. is now affected by autism spectrum disorder, according to new CDC data. The prevalence of autism has continued to climb upward, from affecting 1 in every 150 eight-year-olds studied in 2000, to 1 in 88 in 2008

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  4. Autism Talents Sought by Companies

    Major companies are becoming aware to the fact that people with autism may have some extraordinary talents to offer competitive industries. The talents that autism may bring are being sought after by some companies. These companies feel skills unique to autistic people may boost their bottom line.

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The 100th Monkey

A story about social change.


Today, you are monkey number 99.


By Ken Keyes Jr.






The Japanese monkey, Macaca Fuscata, had been observed in the wild for a period of over 30 years.


In 1952, on the island of Koshima, scientists were providing monkeys with sweet potatoes dropped in the sand. The monkey liked the taste of the raw sweet potatoes, but they found the dirt unpleasant.


An 18-month-old female named Imo found she could solve the problem by washing the potatoes in a nearby stream. She taught this trick to her mother. Her playmates also learned this new way and they taught their mothers too.


This cultural innovation was gradually picked up by various monkeys before the eyes of the scientists. Between 1952 and 1958 all the young monkeys learned to wash the sandy sweet potatoes to make them more palatable. Only the adults who imitated their children learned this social improvement. Other adults kept eating the dirty sweet potatoes.


Then something startling took place. In the autumn of 1958, a certain number of Koshima monkeys were washing sweet potatoes -- the exact number is not known. Let us suppose that when the sun rose one morning there were 99 monkeys on Koshima Island who had learned to wash their sweet potatoes. Let's further suppose that later that morning, the hundredth monkey learned to wash potatoes.




By that evening almost everyone in the tribe was washing sweet potatoes before eating them. The added energy of this hundredth monkey somehow created an ideological breakthrough!


But notice: A most surprising thing observed by these scientists was that the habit of washing sweet potatoes then jumped over the sea...Colonies of monkeys on other islands and the mainland troop of monkeys at Takasakiyama began washing their sweet potatoes.


Thus, when a certain critical number achieves an awareness, this new awareness may be communicated from mind to mind.


Although the exact number may vary, this Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon means that when only a limited number of people know of a new way, it may remain the conscious property of these people.


But there is a point at which if only one more person tunes-in to a new awareness, a field is strengthened so that this awareness is picked up by almost everyone!


From the book "The Hundredth Monkey" by Ken Keyes, Jr.    

What's New at Autism Hangout!

Over 500 videos to help us all "thrive with autism!"


It's here! 


And you can get your copy of "Been There. Done That. Try This!" here or here!  Enjoy!  And THRIVE!! :) 




Crack the Books! A new concept in interactive books! 

Today we have a guest returning for an unprecedented 7th time! Kyle Tomson has already made a name for himself with his incredible Sentence Builder, Question Builder, Story Builder, Language Builder and Conversation Builder apps -- But today he's here to tell us about "Crack the Books!" an incredible new concept in interactive tablet books.

And he's got a kickstarter campaign in place to make sure this revolutionary, helpful tool is around for years to come. Autism Hangout, please welcome today's guest, app developer Kyle Tomson.

More info at:


Meet author Robyn Steward

Everyday, more people on the spectrum are proving they can find success in life. The good news is, a lot of it comes down to attitude.

Many of these successes are looking to tell others of their methods for finding that success. These autism mentors can take many forms. Today’s guest is an author looking to help women on the spectrum lead safe lives.

Here to talk to us today about The Independent Woman’s Handbook for Super Safe Living on the Autistic Spectrum is author, Robyn Steward.



Help in locating wandering kids

If you’re the parent of a child on the spectrum, you’re probably already aware of the risk of wandering. Statistics show that ½ of our special kids at some point do stray long enough for concern. Well here’s some good news for getting them found! 

Today’s guests have developed a simple wristband solution capable of delivering a name, address or other relevant message to anyone with a phone that can text message. It’s simple and secure, very fast, updatable and – most important - effective. The company is called Check Point wristbands and with me today are its cofounders, Bill Sharp and Wil Abreu.

Hear the interview here:



Introducing Possum Tails: Nolan Parks comic strip

Nolan, like his mom, is quite the artist.  And like his mom, he also has a quirky sense of humor.  Meet Spot the lungfish.  He's one of many interesting characters in his recently launched comic blog, Possum Tails.

Nolan posts a new strip every Friday.  Enjoy!  (Oh, Nolan is my stepson with Asperger's).  


Introducing Innervoice - An AAC app using Video Self Modeling to teach speech and behaviors.

You know, some people are just given an extra helping of compassion along with the ability to serve others in multiple ways. Today’s guest is a speech and language pathologist.  She is also the host of Autism Today TV.  She’s an expert on apps with a book on the subject - Apps for Autism, Jessica Kingsley Publisher. And she’s back today to discuss her newest AAC app, Innervoice. Autism Hangout, please welcome today’s guest, all-round wonderful human being, Lois Brady. 

More on innervoice at:


"Ask Dr. Tony" - 11/13 - Four parts of answers to your questions!  

Yes it's true!  Dr. Tony and I chatted for an hour last night across a very glitchy Skype.  But we persevered and have four programs of answers to 14 questions for your review. 

- Transexuals and ASD
- Sexuality and ASD
- Expressing Anger as an Adult
- Transexuals and ASD
- Sexuality and ASD
- Expressing Anger as an Adult

In Part 1, Dr. Tony Attwood addresses questions on:  
- Transexuals and ASD
- Sexuality and ASD
- Expressing Anger as an Adult



In Part 2, Dr. Tony Attwood addresses questions on:  
- Fear of Pregnancy Appearance
- The Need for a Diagnosis
- Asperger's and Geneology
- Meltdowns and Sensory Overload


In Part 3, Dr. Tony Attwood addresses questions on:  
- Can Aspies Make Good Managers?
- Additions to your "Complete Aspie Guide"
- Helping One to Move On to the Next Level
- Successful Group Home Models


In Part 4, Dr. Tony Attwood addresses questions on:  
- ASD and Foreign Languages
- Protecting Vulnerable Adults
- Depression and Asperger's


Thanks Dr. T!


"Lets Choose!" Engaging fun for home and school, teaching life skills and more!

We all know the times they are a changin’ and NOW is a terrific time to raise a child with ASD.  Everyday there are more resources available that work with our kid’s abilities to successfully teach them basic social and life skills.  If you’re a parent, caregiver of teacher of someone on the spectrum, assisting them in learning about choices and consequences has never been easier.  

Here today to talk about “Let’s Choose” products, Autism Hangout please welcome Stacey Buck and Lisa Maylee. 

For more information:

Here today to talk about “Let’s Choose” products, Autism Hangout please welcome Stacey Buck and Lisa Maylee. 


TWO New Donna Williams Educational Programs!  

I'm always thrilled when Donna puts together something helpful.  And here are two more entrees for our Educational Library.  Here's what she says about...

Autism and medical interventions - my personal experiences:  

"I have lived with significant ongoing health issues all my life. As a person with autism this meant I had a certain way of adjusting to these things.  In this video I talk a bit about the experiences and strategies I've used to handle a wide range of medical treatments."

And here are her comments on...

Social Opportunities on the Autism Spectrum

"As a person diagnosed with autism and living with my own autism 'fruit salad', I also had my own introduction to social challenges when being on the autism spectrum. I've also been a professional autism consultant since 1996, was one of the founders of Autism Network International, one of the founders of, have run a writer's group, a choir, a band (all involving those on the autism spectrum) and, together with my husband Chris, hosted walking groups, dinner clubs and other social activities for adults on the autism spectrum. Autism is a 'fruit salad' and so there are a multitude of reasons why someone with autism will struggle with pursuing, initiating or attending social opportunities. Yet every one of those reasons is addressable and social opportunities are essential to helping people with autism develop and enjoy their lives. In this video I explore the obstacles to socialising, tips for overcoming those obstacles and the how-to of advocating for, seeking out, or setting up face to face social opportunities for people on the autism spectrum regardless of level of disabilities or geographical isolation."

As with the rest of Donna's programs, she's only asking enough to help cover some of her costs .  It's $5 for the Autism and medical interventions and $10 for Social Opportunities on the Autism Spectrum.  Here's the link to the Education Library.  Thank you, Donna!!


Jessica Kingsley to publish "Been There. Done That. Try This!"

Jessica Kingsley Publishing has offered to publish a book of Aspie Wisdom.  "Been There. Done That. Try This!" is a compliation of insightful, helpful essays and stories submitted by "Aspie Mentors." ... older people with Asperger's/HFA that have gained their understanding from first-hand experience.  

Based on reserach of the most stressful issues faced by someone with Asperger's.


Sensory Overload (Interacting with Autism Project) 

I just noticed this wonderful animation on Vimeo. It's for NT's to help them appreciate just how overwhelming everyday, common sensory stimulation can be.

This beautiful film was done by Miguel Jiron.


"Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world."


"If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place."  

Margaret Mead


One of my favorite people.  


Dr. Tony on "Aspie Mentors" and "Been there. Done that. Try this!"

Dr. Tony Attwood and Craig Evans discuss their forthcoming book with Anita Lesko: "Been there. Done that. Try this! An Aspinaut's Guide to Life on Planet Earth." The book compiles stories and insights from valuable "Aspie Mentor" experiences addressing the 17 most pressing and stressing issues facing younger Aspergians. 

"We want to take this Aspie Mentor concept and really make a contribution. So younger people with Asperger's don't have to suffer some of the trials their older peers did." - Craig Evans

The research survey is online now. If you have Asperger's, please give us your input:


"The advice from our book is not just for people formally diagnosed with Asperger's.  There are tens if not hundreds of thousands of individuals now living with similar social  challenges.  These people are making their way in life but have always felt there is something a little different about them.  I'm a perfect example of that.  I was diagnosed in my 50's.  But understanding more about my condition has freed me to be the unique individual I am!  
Our goal in writing this book is to share wisdom and insights to help people live rich, full lives… and to be the best individuals they can be!" - Author Anita Lesko

New Vendors in the Autism Hangout "Farmer's Market!"

Listen to an Invitation to businesses offering autism-related products and services... and see who's already coming!  

See ALL our vendors here.  


Meet Rachel Arntson and her Kids Express Train teaching tools!

While I was at the Autism Shop's Grand Opening, I ran into Rachel Arntson, a Speech and Learning Pathologist thats developed an incredible line of teaching tools!

In this video, Rachel demonstrates the how they work... and why they're so successful.

More at: or order at


For a complete listing of all Autism Hangout Farmer's Market vendors, go here


"Frailin with Friends!"  Happy music to brighten your day!

Autism Hangout founder Craig Evans talks about his recently released "Frailin' with Friends" CD. "This CD of happy music was assembled as a day-brightener for those living with the daily challenges of autism. I'm also using all the proceeds from sales to fund Autism Hangout."

Sample cuts from "Frailin' with Friends" can be heard at: Orders can be placed at the same URL.


* Autism Hangout is looking for writers and video producers of positive, helpful messages about autism. Contact Craig Evans.

Click here for a welcome message from Autism Hangout founder, Craig Evans.


ATTEN: Autism thought-leaders!

Post your work here for the autism community to see! Please feel free to use the Discussion Forum or create your own Home Page (complete with pics, blogs and videos). Welcome!

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Dr. Stephen Shore & Donna Williams: Autism as Strengths

Meet "Raising a Sensory Smart Child" Author Lindsey Biel
Meet "Raising a Sensory Smart Child" Author Lindsey Biel

The Power of Music and Autism
The Power of Music and Autism

"Movin' Out!" Specialized Housing Consultant George Braddock on Homes for People w/ Autism
"Movin' Out!" Specialized Housing Consultant George Braddock on Homes for People w/ Autism

Rachel Rosenman from ALUT talks about autism in Israel
Rachel Rosenman from ALUT talks about autism in Israel

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"Ask Dr. Tony" 11/13 - Part 4

World-renowned Fraser introduces new housing option for Minnesota-based people on the spectrum
World-renowned Fraser introduces new housing option for Minnesota-based people on the spectrum

5 Minutes with Dr. Stephen Shore at the Advancing with Autism Conference - 12/14/12
5 Minutes with Dr. Stephen Shore at the Advancing with Autism Conference - 12/14/12

Kyle Tomson introduces Tense Builder - More "apps for autism"
Kyle Tomson introduces Tense Builder - More "apps for autism"

"Autism in the Workplace. job Success!" - Chef Tom Dickinson returns
"Autism in the Workplace. job Success!" - Chef Tom Dickinson returns

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Crack the Books! A new concept in interactive books!

Meet author Robyn Steward
Meet author Robyn Steward

Help in locating wandering kids.
Help in locating wandering kids.

Introducing Innervoice - An AAC app using Video Self Modeling to teach speech and behaviors
Introducing Innervoice - An AAC app using Video Self Modeling to teach speech and behaviors

"Lets Choose!" Engaging fun for home and school, teaching life skills and more!
"Lets Choose!" Engaging fun for home and school, teaching life skills and more!


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