June 23, 2016

by Dan Coulter

If you have a child on the autism spectrum and a job, the ideal workplace is accommodating and supportive. I've worked in places that were – and some that weren't. That includes a college, a university, a number of radio and television stations, three lar...

November 7, 2014

By Dan Coulter

Looking for a job when you have Asperger Syndrome can be frustrating. I spoke to a young man the other day who said, “I've done everything I'm supposed to do. I assessed my strengths and challenges, I got the right education, I worked on my social skills,...

May 29, 2014

By Dan Coulter

How'd you like to hear a pitch for a movie with a main character who has Asperger Syndrome?

     It's got everything: life and death situations, last minutes rescues, powerboat races, drug running, and glamorous parties. It's got a hero with loads of se...

March 29, 2014

By Dan Coulter

he numbers keep rising.

     I'm looking at an Associated Press news story reporting that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now estimate that 1 in 68 children in the United States is on the autism spectrum. The CDC started using its cu...

July 16, 2013

By Dan Coulter

 "You say it best, when you say nothing at all,"  is a line from a country song by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz.  You may have heard the song in the movie, "Notting Hill."

     While written as part of a love song, the line also applies to oth...

July 2, 2013

By Dan Coulter

 I got an arresting perspective about discrimination at my high school reunion last week. A classmate and I were sitting at a table away from the crowd, catching up on the years since graduation. He talked about raising a niece with a physical disability...

April 12, 2011

By Dan Coulter

How do you motivate a child with Asperger Syndrome or autism?  
   One of the most successful ways parents and teachers have found is using children’s interests as incentives.  Psychologist Jed Baker suggests, for example, giving a child who loves astr...

April 4, 2011

By Dan Coulter

I saw a nice feature in the paper this morning about Autism Awareness Month.  Of course, in our family, every month is Autism Awareness Month.  Every day is Autism Awareness Day.  Every minute is...you get the idea.

   We’ve seen a lot of progres...

December 1, 2010

By Dan Coulter

What’s your child with Asperger Syndrome going to do for a living?

Too early to start thinking about that? Really, it's not. While your ten year old or teenager doesn’t have to immediately choose a career, he’s much more likely to find and keep a job when...

September 7, 2010

By Dan Coulter

It was the dead of winter in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.  In the gathering darkness, Julie and I got off the snow-plowed highway and walked carefully across the icy restaurant parking lot toward our dinner break.

A waiter in his 20s greeted us, “How are you to...

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