Taking On the Boston Marathon



This is definitely one of those ‘watch what you can do when you put your mind to it!’…Jason “J-Mac” McElwain took on last week’s Boston Marathon, running it in less than three hours. It was the very first time that Jason, who has autism, ran the Boston Marathon, and was only his third marathon ever. And to make it even more incredible, he trained for the marathon in one of the worst/coldest winters ever (as anyone living on the upper east coast can attest!) while also juggling his multiple jobs.

And Jason is no stranger to amazing feats. If his name looks familiar to you, you may have heard about him because he made national news a few years back when he scored 20 points in just over four minutes while playing in his only varsity basketball game at his high school (he was the team’s manager before being put in the game). Check out the video below from that game:

There seems to be no stopping Jason – we can’t wait to hear what he does next! Congrats, Jason!

Lynsey, Community Manager


What Parents Want You To Know

Autism IsIn honor of Autism Awareness Month, Huffington Post asked its Parents community on Facebook to tell them what autism is—and what it is not—in their unique experiences. And their answers (68 of them shared) are touching and heartfelt…here’s a sample of responses:

Autism is the greatest lesson in discovering how strong I am as a woman, and a mother.
Autism is not something that makes my child less of a person. — Amanda Nelson-Van Wagenen

Autism is an infectious laugh, feeling and giving everything to emotions, confusion.
Autism is not friendless, dull, what you fear it will be. — Denise Henry

Autism is showing that brilliant minds think differently and we need to open up our eyes and see what they see to truly understand that.
Autism is not a cookie cutter diagnosis, its called a spectrum for a reason. — Laura Shrestha

Autism is a different way of relating to the world around you. It is a different set of experiences.
Autism is not what I would wish for my son, but it is not a monster or evil. We just have to learn a different perspective for our lives. — Amanda Orgel Ferguson

Autism is tickles, laughs, sleepless nights, kisses, self-injury, beauty, frustration, joy, sadness, love.
Autism is not an end. — Barbara Bickel Hafer

Read the rest of their answers here.

Lynsey, Community Manager


Raun Kaufman’s book is available!

Autism BreakthroughAs most of you know, we ran a treatment program for 4 years called “Son-Rise” to help Kyle recover from Autism.  Now you can read all about Son-Rise from the original Son-Rise “son!”  Raun K. Kaufman just recently published his own book, Autism Breakthrough, and it’s available through Amazon.com.

This is more than just a story of Raun’s recovery from Autism, because that is told in the book written by his father, Barry Neil Kaufman, called Son-Rise, the Miracle Continues (also available on Amazon.com).  It’s more an in-depth look at the program and why it works so well!  This is the go-to book if you want to understand the principles of Son-Rise and begin working with your child now!

I encourage you to order your copy today!  And if you’d like to see Raun interviewed on Fox News, you can check it out here:

Today Kyle is 21, attending a University, living on his own, making friends and doing his own thing!  We owe all this and so much more to the Son-Rise program.  Just take a look and see if the Son-Rise principles don’t help you help your child.  What have you got to lose!



Autism Develops in Womb (New Study)

Nejm_logo2011According to new research findings reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, autism begins when certain brain cells fail to properly mature within the womb. The researchers looked at post-mortem brain tissue taken from those with and without autism, and found that those diagnosed with autism missed key genetic markets for brain cells that are supposed to develop before birth.

The benefit of these findings is that doctors may be able to one day provide a way to diagnose autism earlier, and therefore allowing for earlier treatment and therapy. Still unknown, though, is what triggers these brain-cell disruptions—although it could be factors such as genetics and/or environment.

Read more about this study here on Bloomberg.

Lynsey, Community Manager