Autism Awareness = Understanding

Autism Awareness = Understanding

The purpose of this page is to promote awareness and provide disability-related information and resources as they pertain to autism and other disabilities.






You can’t teach children consent and boundaries if you don’t practice honoring their consent and boundaries.

They learn more from our actions than our words.

Posted • If a child learns that their boundaries aren’t going to be respected, why will they bother setting them?⁣

HT Comprehensive Consent


Children with Sensory Processing Disorder tend to not behave and have meltdowns when they are with their parents because their parents are their safe place. A place where they feel more comfortable. A place where they can be themselves.
If you feel like your child is behaving for others and not you, don't think it's you. It is a compliment. It means they feel safe to come to you with anything.
When your child has a great day with someone else but comes back with you and that's when you notice their behaviors and meltdowns, it's because they love you. They hold it all inside until they are safe with you to be themselves.
You are their safe place. It is not your parenting.


We are the greatest teachers of the next generation! Whether you are a parent, work with children or you are just around kids in your every day life…they are watching you!


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Timeline photos 27/05/2022

Stephanie works at a year-round program, which means that summer is an awesome opportunity to try out fun activities. Head to the blog to check out their student-run coffee bar and garden time as a part of Fun Fridays!


Dream BIG!

This is Samantha Gonzalez. She recently graduated with a 3.97 GPA while teaching hip hop classes on campus, competing in dance competitions, working toward her Zumba instructor certificate AND rocking a full course load!!

Don't let anyone tell you: You can't! Prove them wrong every single day ! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Via: Ruby's Rainbow




The YEAH Council presents:

The Ins and Outs of Self-Advocacy for Youth and Families
Featuring Keynote Speaker Dylan Campbell, Parent Trainer/Youth Coordinator at Maine Parent Federation
May 14, 2022 10-12:30 via ZOOM

Register at


"The world needs all kinds of minds" -Temple Grandin


NH event: free Assistive Technology Vendor Expo

NH Assistive Technology Connect AT Vendor Expo

Meet with Assistive Technology companies and specialists to learn more about their products and services.

Focus on tools and services to support individuals with:
Learning Disabilities ୦ Autism ୦ Visual / Hearing Impairments
Physical Impairments ୦ Communication

Connect with & Learn from others interested
in Assistive Technology

Everyone is invited!


Did you know that 50-70% of autistic people and 25-40% of people with ADHD have sleep disorders?

This is a constant struggle for us (basically all but one person in our family has sleep issues). Also, it's 3:30 in the morning right now and I am wide awake 🥴😵😫

Image credit (including study reference):

ADHD reference:


April 21st, 6-7pm

Time for Transition Family Chat

There’s no IEP after High School: 504 Accessibility Services
IEP support ends with high school. If your child has an IEP and is considering higher education join us to learn about what supports and services ARE available under Section 504. Some services include academic coaching, assistive technology and the ability to request for reduced course load. Learn more about what is/is not available, and what a student needs to do to access them. Learn more and have your questions answered by Joanna Ellis Coordinator of Accessibility Services, from the Community College System.



World Down Syndrome Day!

Today is World Down Syndrome Day!

Every year, on March 21, people all around the world come together to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day by wearing brightly colored, mismatched socks. March 21 is symbolic because people with Down syndrome have 3 copies of their 21st chromosome. Socks were chosen because the karyotype of Ds chromosomes actually looks like mismatched socks!

Show us your mismatched socks! We'd love to see your support!


Children do not overreact. They react within their means of coping. So if they are having a big reaction disproportionate to the problem, they are beyond their means of coping, probably because of many factors we can't see and don't know. 💛


NH opportunity available. Please read if you are local.


NH families! Please take a moment to complete this survey!

NHDOE is proud to announce the launch of its 603 Bright Futures Survey, a platform that provides parents, educators and community members a chance to share their perspectives and experiences with their respective schools. Superintendents and heads of private schools have been provided with embargoed links to this survey, which they are welcome to share with their respective school leaders at this time.

There are three categories for the survey, one for parents, another for educators and the third for community members.

>>Survey Links:

•Families in K-12, preschool and private schools: Family-

•Staff in public and private schools: Staff-

•Community members: Community-

The 603 Bright Futures survey will remain open through April 29.


Sensory Processing Disorder does exist. It's real. Our kids are not bad kids. Our kids do not lack discipline. We are not making excuses for behaviors. A meltdown is not a tantrum. Sensory Processing Disorder can cause extreme reactions and anxiety. Children with SPD are not spoiled and they do not do it for attention. SPD does not affect everyone the same way. Please be understanding and supportive. ~Jeanette Loftus

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