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Kim Stagliano

Kim Stagliano is a nationally recognized autism advocate and lively speaker. She has three daughters with autism, ages 21, 19 and 15. She is author of the memoir All I Can Handle I’m Not Mother Teresa: A Life Raising Three Daughters with Autism, the novel House of Cards and co-author of 101 Tips for Parents of Girls with Autism.

She serves as Managing Editor of www.ageofautism.com, the nation’s first daily web newspaper about the autism epidemic. She writes for The Huffington Post, and The Autism File Magazine. She speaks at national autism conferences and has appeared on Good Morning America, ABC News, Fox News, in The Chicago Tribune, The National Catholic Register, and on blogs around the world.

A former sales and marketing executive, Stagliano lives in Connecticut with her family.

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  1. I have a 20 year old son with autism. I agree with Kim 100! With all of the therapies, biomed, diet, genetic testing, supplements based on his SNPs, he has gone from a severe autism dx to getting a high school diploma with all A’s in a college prep curricula. However, he still has an occasional rage. I can’t see him driving because of how he might interact with a police officer. He still has anxiety from sensory issues. How can he hold a job? What will happen with these kids as they age up?

  2. Oh My God, I so agree with her. I have been told so many things abt my son at the time of diagnosis. I was told to teach him sign language as he will never speak. Now within 5 years, he is very much verbal. Almost close to his peers. So I say to that physician, stick it.. With anger, she is so so true..

  3. Once again Kim paints a very true and important picture of the areas of that are still greatly impacted in the Autism community and the need to redirect our focus. As a mother to a young man with severe Autism I agree wholeheartedly that as a whole we are not prepared for Adults with Autism. It is a dangerous direction we are taking in seeking to normalize “Autism”, even in milder forms. These individuals are now being sued, harassed and even arrested for behavior that is part and parcel to having and Autism diagnosis. We cannot have it both ways. We cannot claim to want our children fully accepted as “Normal” and then expect as pass as we believe the situation calls for it. Its time to branch our focus. Our adults with Autism need us.

  4. I can completely identify with everything that Kim has said as well as her sense of urgency and anger about the current situation facing our kids, especially as they reach adulthood. We need resources and services and not just in the cities and more populated areas. For some of us, we don’t have the resources or ability (for whatever reason) to travel to the best doctors and therapists. More work needs to be done to get insurance companies, mainstream doctors, schools, and universities involved to help provide care and programs for our kids and our families who are struggling everyday to keep our heads above water! Our kids deserve the chance to develop to their fullest potential!! Why does society continue to ignore this epidemic??

  5. Kim thank you for the information and the positive thoughts for our young adults..thank you to Autism Intensive for doing a story on our young adults with autism. As a mom of an 18 year old facing these challenges and many more I am scared to death. We do have to push for a future for our children because they have worked so hard to get where they are and we need to have more on this information and where there future will go from here.

  6. Thanks for leading the way in the thinking parent’s movement. You inspire me. All good thoughts and energy directed to you.

  7. I am so glad to see you in this video. I applaud your persistence. I agree with whatever you say 100%. I wished I lived closer to where you live so I could talk to you in person. I live in the SF Bay Area.

  8. I am an adult with Asperger’s. I’m sure I’m not the only ASD adult watching this summit. I want to say that not all of us are unable to function in society, and while it would be nice to be sure that I’m understanding social cues correctly or not feel anxiety when I’m surrounded by people I don’t know, I don’t want to be “cured”. I’m not even sure what that would mean. Cured of what? Being myself? Now, being cured of digestive ills common among people with ASD is different, as is helping someone learn to communicate better or manage living in society better, but that’s not the same as claiming autism is a disease to be cured. For example, I’m sensitive to loud noises and dislike having to interact with many people I don’t know. Will I go to a nightclub? No, of course not. I don’t need to do that to live a fulfilling life. But many “normal” people do like to go to nightclubs, or rock concerts, or etc. “Curing” me so I do want to do those things is foolish even though it might me seem more “normal”. I’m sure my parents worry about how I will end up in my life, but I know I don’t need to be just like them to be happy. Also, I know it was just an offhand comment of yours, but in regard to dating, I know it may be a newsflash, but not everyone is interested in dating or would be devastated without a boyfriend/girlfriend. I know I would be happiest in life having good friends who love and care about me and the idea of dating makes me cringe. Romance is overrated in my opinion. Of course many people do desire a romantic partner, but please don’t make it out to be universal. Don’t pity me or others for not dating. One more thing I want to mention is I think Kim Stagliano doesn’t quite understand what the word “neurodiverse” means. It doesn’t just apply to those with autism, but also dyslexia, dyspraxia, Tourette’s Syndrome, and others. It doesn’t mean these people can’t change their behaviors or learn to overcome difficulties. I’m disappointed because I went into this interview thinking I could learn more about ASD adults and how we live in society, but it wasn’t about that at all. I haven’t listened to every interview, but I hope that if there are more future autism summits, some interviews will focus on adults with autism who do manage to function even though we have unique challenges. We don’t need to be like everyone else to have a fulfilling life.

  9. I have a lot of respect for Kim. She has kept her girls at home and did not dump them in residential care like so many. She also got rid of that a$$hole husband. Couldn’t stand that arrogant idiot.

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