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Icelandic boy creates large Titanic replica with Legos. How it helps with his autism ?

A huge replica of the Titanic went on display Monday at a Tennessee museum. It’s 26 feet long and 5 feet tall – and made of Legos. The creator: A 10-year-old boy from Iceland. Brynjar Karl Birgisson built the model over an 11-month span using about 56,000 of the toy pieces, according to a Q&A session he…
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7-year-old Chinese boy with autism becomes country’s youngest yoga teacher; earns $15,900

A seven-year-old Chinese boy who suffered from autism has emerged as the country’s youngest yoga teacher, earning over $15,900 by teaching the ancient Indian practice to more than 100 students. Sun Chuyang, or Mike, from Taizhou city in Zhejiang province learned yoga for three years and received a certificate for yoga teaching a year ago.…
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Austin Riley, Canada’s first autistic race car driver, pursues his dream in new video

    Nissan today released a new short documentary highlighting the career path of one of Canada’s most ambitious young racecar drivers, Austin Riley. When the fourth annual Nissan Micra Cup gets underway in May, a long list of drivers will be vying for victory. However, for Riley – the spirited 18-year-old from Uxbridge, Ontario…
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How Museums Are Becoming More Sensory-Friendly For Those With Autism

  It’s a Sunday morning and things are little quieter than usual at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. There are 63 families in the entire musem and they have free range of every floor. The lights are dimmed in some exhibitions, and in others, the sound is turned to a…
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University Place providing ‘Quiet Santa’ for children with sensory issues

His face is adorned with a long white beard, rosy cheeks, expressive eyes, and his laugh is a soft ho, ho, ho. For Tre Galbraith, 5, of Provo, he is the perfect “Quiet Santa.” For the first time, University Place is offering a special Christmas present to children who have sensory issues, anxiety, autism, Attention…
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Eric Rosen, living and succeeding with autism

  Though Asperger’s creates many challenges in life, Eric Rosen is a magna cum laude college graduate, a practicing actor, a TV sportscaster and a licensed driver. (Photo courtesy of Eric Rosen) STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Eric Rosen is a self-proclaimed realist in many ways. Though he knows he is living with a condition about…
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20-Year-Old With Autism And His Mother Open Bakery To Employ Others On Spectrum

Six weeks ago, Jacob Wittman’s mother, Shelly Henley, had to bribe her autistic son to make it down the stairs by 10:30 am. The other morning, she found him in the kitchen at 7:10 am making a shopping list, upset that Costco did not open until 10. The difference? Thanks to co-founding No Label at the Table Food Company, a bakery…
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The world needs all kinds of minds!

Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works — sharing her ability to “think in pictures,” which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of…
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Touching, tender documentary about couple with autism

Here is a sweet, tender documentary study, showing a middle-aged man and woman, Dina and Scott, preparing to get married. They both have autism. It is a beautifully shot, coolly composed movie, in which the principals emerge as intensely likable and intelligent. The film avoids obvious cliches taken from, say, Diane Arbus or Grey Gardens, although the…
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Have you been inspired by autistic people?

Autistic children are unique. They have unique views, thoughts, their own world. They inspire us to be better. To learn new things. To create masterpieces. To make the world better. Inspired by twin brother with autism, 14-Year-Old boy scout builds ‘Sensory Room’ at North Carolina Middle School! 15-year-old Melissa performs an original song “”Puzzle Piece”…
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