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Kelli Stapleton: County Jail Has Been Better Than the 'Jail of Autism'

Originally posted 09/12/2014 08:30AM

Play testcaption testcredit Share on Facebook Tweet Pin on Pinterest Share on Tumblr Kelli Stapleton, the mother accused of attempting to kill her teenage daughter with autism, has spoken out about the crime for the first time since her arrest.

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Mom Who Tried to Kill Daughter with Autism Pleads Guilty to Child Abuse

Kelli Stapleton Averts Murder Trial by Pleading Guilty to Abuse of Daughter with Autism

Originally posted 09/03/2014 09:30AM

On the eve of her trial for attempted murder, Kelli Stapleton – the Michigan mom and former blogger on autism issues who stood accused of trying to kill her autistic teen daughter – pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of first-degree child abuse.

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Dad on Wife Who Allegedly Tried to Kill Autistic Daughter: 'I'll Never Forgive Her'

Matt Stapleton on Wife Kelli: 'I Still Love Her, but I'll Never Forgive Her'

Originally posted 07/01/2014 04:00PM

As his wife heads to trial for the attempted murder of their daughter with autism, Matt Stapleton is steeling himself for a verdict and what might follow.

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Nick Lachey Opens Up About Brother with Asperger Syndrome

Nick Lachey Opens Up About Brother with Asperger Syndrome

Originally posted 04/04/2014 08:45AM

Nick Lachey once exposed his life for the reality-show cameras, but there was one topic that was kept off limits: his brother with Asperger syndrome.

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Filed Under: Autism, Health, Nick Lachey
Meet the Benjamin Brothers – They'll Change Your Idea of People with Autism

True Life's Brothers with Autism: 'We Have the Same Problems As Other People'

Originally posted 04/02/2014 09:00AM

Think you don't have anything in common with people who have autism?

MTV wants you to think again.

In observance of World Autism Awareness Month, the network is featuring a pair of brothers diagnosed with the disorder in a True Life documentary special.

Brad and Kenny Benjamin live with their parents in Bowie, Md., and are taking steps towards greater independence – they're learning to shop for groceries and cook their own meals, preparing to get their driver's licenses and increasing their social interaction by throwing a dinner party.

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Filed Under: MTV, Autism, Health

VIDEO: Boy with Autism Gets a Special Gift from Sanitation Worker

Originally posted 02/17/2014 10:55AM

Daniel Mulligan of Ojai, Calif., 5, looks forward to his neighborhood's weekly trash pick-up, watching in fascination as the garbage is picked up by sanitation workers. But his usual Monday routine had a welcome surprise, captured on video, when he got to meet one of his heroes – and got a truck of his own.

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Filed Under: Autism, ABC News
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Indiana Teens with Autism Crowned Homecoming King and Queen

Indiana Teens with Autism Crowned Homecoming King and Queen

Originally posted 02/14/2014 07:15PM

Their mile-wide grins said it all.

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Autistic Contestant Vies for Miss America Crown

Miss America Contestant Alexis Wineman Talks About Growing Up with Autism

Originally posted 01/12/2013 03:00PM

Seven years ago, a bubbly and emotional Montana girl received news that her brain functioned differently than others: She was diagnosed with autism. On Saturday, that same girl could be crowed the new Miss America.

Alexis Wineman, 18, is the youngest of the 53 women vying for the title of Miss America in Las Vegas on Saturday. But Wineman hasn't always lived a life of glamour, having been diagnosed with PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified) at 11 years old. According to the Autism Speaks website, someone with PDD-NOS "has some but not all characteristics of autism or ... has relatively mild symptoms."

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Kelly Preston Speaks Out About Her Late Son's Autism | Kelly Preston

Kelly Preston Opens Up About Her Late Son, Jett Travolta

Originally posted 11/19/2012 04:30PM

Kelly Preston is speaking out about the health conditions that led to her 16-year-old son's death.

Jett Travolta – who died in 2009 after suffering a seizure and hitting his head in a bathtub at the family's vacation home at the Old Bahama Bay Hotel on Grand Bahama Island – suffered from autism, which Preston attributes to a series of contributing factors.

"[Jett] was autistic. He had seizures and when he was very young, he had Kawasaki Syndrome," she says on the Nov. 21 episode of The Doctors (check local listings).

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Jacqueline Laurita: My Son Has Autism | Jacqueline Laurita

The Real Housewives Of New Jersey

Jacqueline Laurita: My Son Has Autism

Originally posted 08/22/2012 09:15AM

Jacqueline Laurita had tried for years to have another baby, so when she finally welcomed son Nicholas three years ago, the proud mom celebrated his every achievement.

But then, at around 18 months old, Nicholas began regressing with his speech and motor skills, then refusing to answer to his name or notice people enter a room.

"We had no idea what was going on," the Real Housewives of New Jersey star, who hid her son's medical issues from the reality cameras as she continued taping season 4 last year, tells PEOPLE exclusively.

After an agonizing wait to see multiple doctors, the Lauritas got a diagnosis: Nicholas is autistic.

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