Laurel Joss

About Laurel Joss

Laurel Joss is a freelance writer with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She worked as an RDI® Program Certified Consultant and has published articles in Autism Spectrum Quarterly and on her blog She is a mother to two children, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. You can also follow her on and

Homeschooling and Autism

Educating a child with autism is challenging Traditional classroom methods are often unsuccessful, and many schools are ill-equipped to meet the needs of children with learning differences. Most children with autism also suffer from sensory issues, which can be easily triggered in a classroom of 20 to 30 children, with florescent lights, scratchy chalk, and […]

Mencap offers support to UK family members with learning disabilities like autism

  John and Andrew are twins with autism who live in the United Kingdom. They both also suffer from learning difficulties and mental health issues, which make their daily lives challenging. Their father took early retirement to help with their care. When he passed away from cancer, their mother was overwhelmed, until she contacted Mencap. […]

Australian study finds autistic teens feel isolated

Autism Daily Newscast report earlier this month on a study published by Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) that found teens with autism are struggling to cope with school work, bullying, and mental health issues.  The last article focused on the challenges within the school system. This article looks at the broader issues of the study. The study called “We […]

Three plays put the spotlight on Autism

As the rate of autism continues to rise, pop culture is taking notice. Several popular television shows have included characters in recent years who are either formally diagnosed, or who share many characteristics with people who are on the autism spectrum. Movies such as Adam and Dear John also portrayed the challenges of living and […]

Ari Ne’eman, First Autistic Presidential Appointee, on Living with Autism, Finding a Cure, and Neurodiversity

Last December, President Obama appointed Ari Ne’eman to the National Council on Disability (NCD), a panel that advises the President and Congress on ways to reform health care, schools, support services, and employment policy to better the lives of people living with disabilities. His nomination was controversial to many in the autism community, due to […]

“Autistic and Aging Out” – What Happens When Children with Autism Grow Up?

It’s a well-known fact that the rate of autism is rising. The number of diagnosed cases is up from one in 88 to one in 50, and it continues to rise. Much of the current research is focused on finding the cause, and a cure, but in the meantime, there is an even bigger crisis […]

Film Crew Follows Autistic Man with a Passion for Beer

Many 55 year-old men like beer, but not as much as Lance Rice. Lance is an Ohio native whose passion for beer began at a young age. It was Monday, July 8, 1974 when Lance started collecting beer cans at the age of 16. Since then he’s collected literally thousands of beer cans, and he […]

Sweetwater Spectrum Offers Housing, Independence, to Adults with Autism

What happens to children with autism when they grow up? The statistics are not encouraging. People with autism are less likely than those with other disabilities to find and maintain employment. Most live with their parents, or in group homes. Since people with autism have an average lifespan, most will outlive their parents. Given the […]

Architect Creates Autism-Friendly Guidelines for Builders

Dr. Magda Mostafa is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Architectural Engineering at the American University in Cairo who also serves as Deputy Vice-President for Africa in the UNESCO-International Union of Architects’ Education Commission and Validation Council. In 2002, while she was studying for her PhD at the University of Cairo, she was asked […]

Roses for Autism Provides Centerpieces for Sixth Annual World Focus on Autism Event

Autism Daily Newscast recently ran a story on Roses for Autism, a vocational program in Guilford, Connecticut, that trains and employs people with autism. The organization was honored to provide floral centerpieces for the “Sixth Annual World Focus on Autism” in New York City. The event was hosted by Suzanne and Bob Wright, so-founders of […]