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Felicity House in the New York Times

  On July 14th, the New York Times published an Op Ed: “How to Meet Autistic People Halfway,” which highlighted a common, unfortunate misconception about people on the autism spectrum; that they are not interested in connecting socially with others. Because Felicity House is devoted to the success, creativity and…

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Felicity House at the United Nations

On April 5th, Felicity House community members had the honor of attending World Autism Awareness Day at the United Nations where our Executive Director, Beth Finkelstein, participated as a panel member. The theme for the conference was “Empowering Women and Girls with Autism.”  This topic came about as a direct…

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Japanese Folk Dance

On March 6th, 2018 Felicity House had the pleasure of hosting a performance with The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York. The dances, handed down from generation-to generation, originated from the daily rituals  of people in local Japanese communities. The dances were organized to represent the different seasons, each…

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Deep Dive: Tea Tasting with Linda Villano

  Last month Felicity House hosted a tea-tasting with award-winning tea connoisseur, Linda Villano, the owner of SerendipiTea. When community members arrived they were greeted by small porcelain tasting cups (the material can change the flavor of the tea).  Gathered around the table, the participants were then able to taste…

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Meet Our Self Advocate Advisory Board Member: Liane Holliday-Willey

Liane Holliday Willey, is an author and doctoral professor. Her books, which are often described as, “compelling and witty” include Pretending to be Normal and Safety Skills for Asperger Women. She’s an activist, motivational and educational speaker, and fortunately for us, a member of our Self Advocate Advisory Board. Here…

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Meet Our Self Advocate Advisory Board Member: Sharon daVanport

Meet Sharon daVanport, another influential member of Felicity House’s Self Advocate Advisory Board. Alongside Julia Bascom and Brigid Rankowski, Sharon is an activist working to empower women with autism and other people with disabilities. Bio: Sharon daVanport is the founder and Executive Director of Autism Women’s Network. As an activist for disabled…

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Meet Our Self Advocate Advisory Board Member: Brigid Rankowski

This month we are learning more about our Self Advocate Advisory Board (SAAB) member, Brigid Rankowski. Brigid is a disability advocate, writer, artist, and fire spinner and breather.  Along with seven other women, Brigid joined our SAAB last year and we are thrilled to have her guidance and support. Bio:…

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Meet Our Self Advocate Advisory Board Member: Julia Bascom

Meet Julia Bascom, a Felicity House Self Advocate Advisory Board (SAAB) member. Julia joined the SAAB last year along with seven other autistic women who are all leaders within their communities working on a national level to empower others living with autism. For the next few months we will introduce…

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Women in Comics

Women in Comics was held on Thursday, April 27, 2017 to bring forth three leading women working in the comic industry: Amy Chu, comic writer most notably known for her work with DC Comics and Marvel; Kristina Rogers, Events Manager at Comic Con; and Hope Nicholson, comic book editor, publisher…

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Making Space for Women on the Spectrum

Someone once told me that Asperger’s Syndrome is an exaggerated form of maleness. I don’t remember if this was a psychiatrist, therapist, or some other professional expert on ASD, but it stuck with me for a very long time. As a female-bodied person who has struggled with their gender identity,…

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