May Executive Director’s Message

Surfing in High Waves….. As we move on from “Autism Awareness Month” in April (or as we prefer to refer to it, “Autism Acceptance Month”), our challenge is to continue to make sure that everyone is aware of the needs of different subsets of our populations, and of the the services that are available to serve those needs. Also, what should be available but isn’t. To aid in public awareness, we have been assisted by a rising tide of films,…
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Political FACTs – Will There Be A New American Health Care Act?

In March 2017, Congress introduced its long-awaited plan to replace the Affordable Care Act with the American Health Care Act. Its introduction went under extensive analysis and was not well received to the point where it was pulled from a vote weeks after its introduction. In spite of its initial defeat, the White House and House Republicans have been working behind the scenes as early as April 3rd to revamp the bill to gain more votes in Congress. It is unclear what…
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Do Autistic Girls Go Under The Radar? – Via Child Mind Institute

One of the most common autism statistics is that only one in five autism diagnoses goes towards girls. Within recent years a growing amount of research has centered on why this disparity exists, and the Child Mind Institute speculates how autistic girls may not fit into common autism stereotypes. Read more of their thoughts here!

What Can Sesame Street Do for Autism? (Via

There is no doubt that entertainment is a huge force in shaping people’s worlds. And from Rain Man to The Big Bang Theory, more people are being exposed to the autism spectrum. Sesame Street’s newest character Julia, is the newest autistic character to grace the television scene with a huge child audience. While there are many critics on how autism is portrayed in entertainment, autistic writer Sarah Kurchak talks about how entertainment shaped her understanding of the world and what…
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April Executive Director Message

As we come out of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we enter Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month in April. This is a special opportunity to reach out to friends and family and encourage education and awareness of Autism in our communities. While there are many opinions on the month from various quarters (I encourage everyone to read Zoey Giesberg’s blog post for her very interesting take on the month) any time we can raise awareness we should take the opportunity. If you would…
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I Don’t Hate Autism Awareness Month

A blog of personal opinion from Zoey Giesberg: The month of April has always held a special place in my heart. Spring is fresh in the air, it’s still early in the year but not too much so, and the weather is pretty cooperative in the not-too-hot-but-not-too-cold way. But it’s most likely due to the fact that it’s my birth month, as I was born on the eighth. In fact, April holds a lot of birthdays of people I love…
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March message from the Executive Director

Awareness As many of you may know, March has been designated as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month by The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN). The goal for this month is to create awareness about developmental disabilities, tell stories of people who live with a disability and show their lives. As with all the other “awareness months” throughout the year, it gives us an…
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Political FACTs – The Future of the Affordable Care Act

In recent months, the 115th United States Congress has made repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) part of its agenda. The current Congress plans to repeal the act in stages through diminishing funding through the federal budget, then instructing various House and Senate committees during the budget resolution process and having them vote on it before the Full House and Senate branches vote. They currently say they will replace the ACA after repealing it but it is not certain what…
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FACT Welcomes Sonni Bendetson!

FACT is pleased to formally introduce Sonni Bendetson as the new Director of Adult and Transition Programs! Sonni brings to FACT her passion for creating innovative services that empower young adults with special needs to pursue their personal, academic, and employment goals. Sonni earned her B.A. in Child Studies and Human Development at Tufts University, and her M.A. in Special Education at Vanderbilt University, where she focused on transition and employment for adults with special needs. Sonni has helped adults with…
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Those Overwhelming Feels of Being Autistic

By Zoey Giesberg, MSW If one of the biggest characteristics of being human is having many emotional states, there seems to be this weird idea that autistic people have an innate inability to understand or express emotions. This would in turn lead autistic people to become hard to connect to, let alone engage with other people. It’s kinda like Spock from the original Star Trek series – a purely logical creature who has to constantly ask his crew-mates why human…
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