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  1. Google North America Travel and Conference Grants: Bringing a Diversity of Perspectives to Tech Conferences

    At Google, we believe a diversity of attributes, experiences, and perspectives are needed to build tools that can change the world. Everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue a career in computer science and technology, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, disability or military service. To help break down the barriers that prevent underrepresented groups in computer science from attending leading tech conferences, we're excited to offer Google Travel and Conference Grants for selected conferences in Computer Science and related fields. Grants are available in North America for all traditionally underrepresented groups in technology (including, but not limited to, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, persons with disabilities, women and veterans) and in Europe for women in technology.

    Posted on 7/23/2014 6:36:55 AM

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  2. Males and females with autism show an extreme of the typical male mind

    The largest ever psychological study of sex differences in adults with autism has found that both males and females with autism on average show an extreme of the typical male mind, where systemising (the drive to look for underlying rules in a system) is stronger than empathising (the ability to recognize the thoughts and feelings of others and to respond to these with appropriate emotions).

    Posted on 7/17/2014 7:26:49 AM

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  3. Scientists Discover Genetic Link to Autism in New Study

    "We finally got a clear cut case of an autism specific gene," said Raphael Bernier, one of the researchers.

    Posted on 7/7/2014 6:27:08 AM

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  4. Dan Aykroyd discusses his Asperger's

    When Dan Aykroyd was a young boy, he was diagnosed with Tourette’s and Asperger’s. Nowadays, both are controllable and manageable, and he has been able to channel them creatively. In fact, he says that getting absorbed in things as a kid, like making faces in the mirror, may have directly fed his imagination.

    Posted on 7/2/2014 4:54:00 AM

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Spring: The Season of Promise!
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Spring: The Season of Promise!

Whatever your faith, springtime reminds us of new life and fresh opportunities.  And Autism Hangout is bursting with promises of fuller, richer lives for our special kids!


New This Month at Autism Hangout

There's so much to talk about!  Just like the tulips in our flower bed, we've beautiful new buds popping up all over!


First:  The latest "Ask Dr. Tony" segment is up!!  Dr. Tony Attwood has answered your February and March questions in his usual, upbeat, comprehensive and encouraging manner.  Don't miss this wisdom-packed discussion.



Second:  Meet Cindy Golden, Autism Hangout's newest reporter!  Cindy is a Special Education Supervisor in a public school system where she supervises Autism and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders programs. Cindy is excited to offer her experiences in how best to reach and teach students with Autism.

In "Structuring Environments for Students with Autism", the first report of her ongoing series, Cindy presents 5 key things to keep in mind. Welcome, Cindy!



Fresh Thoughts and Key Learnings from Today's Autism Thought Leaders!

Many autism experts joined Autism Hangout's growing library of "Key Learnings" this month.  New on our site are:


Karen Simmons.  Karen is doing all she can to bring news about autism to the world. As the author of 4 books and 2 CDs on the subject, Karen is also founder and CEO of Autism Today, autism's premier magazine.

In this very candid Podcast, Karen's passion and compassion show as she talks about her love of special needs kids and their families. She also shares 5 very-thought-out Key Learnings about autism.




We got a "double-header" interview with our next guest!

Autism Advocate Joanne Lara talks with Craig Evans about her philosophies on autism. From her early roots as a dancer, experiencing autism first in college, Joanne has become one of the country's leading experts in the use of music and dance to facilitate the development of communication skills and cognitive awareness. Joanne's "aut-erobics DVD" is winning accolades from experts and parents alike. In this "Key Learnings" interview, hear Joanne talk about her passion for these kids and how her special skills as a dancer have helped them flourish.

Joanne Lara then spent a few more minutes in a second Podcast discussing the message she is bringing to America; "we need to monitor how our tax and research dollars are spent."

Autism costs America $35B a year (that $3.2M a person). We need to spend our tax dollars to deal with it wisely... that not only includes those families needing funds to assist with ABA therapies, but to bring art, music and other supplemental/educational classes to help our special kids develop their gifts.


A short week later, we landed another "two-fer" interview with the amazingly positive film-maker, Keri Bowers.

It seems like EVERY TIME I get a chance to interview the current roster of Autism Thought Leaders, I end up being even MORE impressed (and humbled). What wonderful, thoughtful people there are out there dealing with autism!

The latest Autism Advocate I've interviewed in the Key Learnings series is film-maker (author, and former rock 'n roll paralegal) Keri Bowers. Most of you may know her through her work with her son Taylor in the development of the seminal autism film, "Normal People Scare Me."

Don't miss this lively, enlightening and encouraging conversation with autism's own (self-proclaimed) Energizer Bunny!

In Keri's Podcast #2, she talks about "Finding Taylor a Group Home."  Keri's son Taylor (also the star of "Normal People") has now turned 20 and is moving on to independent living. Hear Keri talk about some of the opportunities, challenges and advice all of us should consider when our kids reach this age.


Donna Williams is quite delightful. She's an artist, composer, musician, screenwriter and autism advocate. She's also on the spectrum.

Donna tells her story, beginning with her as a "feral" child, unable to comprehend or interpret the world outside of her patterns of sound and color.

As she grew, and the diagnosis and prognosis of her condition became more grim, Donna describes the "Helen Keller" moments of understanding that at first intrigued, then drew her into a foreign world - the real world - to live, prosper and contribute.

Donna is nothing short of remarkable. Of all the interviews I've conducted with Autism Thought Leaders, this is the one that gives me the most hope for our kids. Wow. I love my job. I meet the most remarkable people!


April is Autism Awareness Month

Autism is here and its numbers are growing. You can help by getting involved. In this report, Autism Hangout reporter Mark Wirbel tells how.





 Don't Worry, Be Happy!

And if you're looking for some HAPPY music to celebrate the change of seasons, or somethiing just to lift you up if you've had a difficult day, pick up your own copy of "Frailin with Friends."  We had a real nice review come in, so stop by the store and see how you can add some more joy to your day... and listen to a couple samples of the tunes. 

All proceeds from the album’s sale benefit Autism Hangout.

Thanks to you, Autism Hangout is also experiencing the growth of the season!! 




Happy Spring, everyone!  Let's all embrace the promise of the season!

Craig Evans
Founder - Autism Hangout

Autism Hangout
14585 Cameo Ave. W.
Rosemount, MN 55068
Phone: (952) 221-1800



Special Reports

New items (and fun) at the Autism Shop!

I stopped in to see Cheri Saltzman at the Autism Shop today. Wow! Was introduced to new, helpful, encouraging products everywhere! Among the most fun: Indoor swings, extra cuddly weighted blankets, fancy chewies and fidgets, "Sands Alive", Security Stickers (and wristbands) and more! Great products and encouragement to help us all thrive with autism! More at:

Posted on 5/2/2014 1:43:33 PM

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