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Disney Changes Set to Impact Special Needs Families

Some upsetting news has emerged for families of individuals with autism and other special needs who plan to visit Disney World or Disneyland anytime in the foreseeable future. According to Mice Age, the widely popular Guest Assistance Card (GAC) program, which helped accommodate guests with special needs, is set to discontinue at the beginning of [...]

Minecraft for Children with Autism

If you have a school-aged child, it’s highly likely that you’ve already heard of Minecraft, an interactive, online game that allows players to build and create textured cubes in a 3D, virtual world. Other activities include exploring, gathering, crafting and combat. To date, there are over 11 million players worldwide, with those numbers rapidly increasing [...]

Adam Lanza and Autism: An Unfortunate Connection

While still in shock and disbelief from yesterday’s deadly school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, I was closely following a real-time feed from ABC when the following was posted to its timeline: "Ryan Lanza, 24, brother of gunman Adam Lanza, 20, tells authorities that his younger brother is autistic, or has Asperger syndrome and a “personality [...]

MSNBC Host Suggests Colorado Shooter James Holmes Has Autism

As details continue to emerge about Colorado ‘Dark Knight’ murder suspect James Holmes, many media figures are beginning discuss his background, upbringing, mental health and overall state-of-mind. Unfortunately, this has invariably (and predictively) once again exposed the ignorance associated with autism. Such is the case on yesterday’s "Morning Joe" program, when MSNBC host Joe Scarborough [...]

Autism Conference to Shed Light on Treatment Options

Next week (May 23rd – May 27th), parents, educators, physicians and individuals with autism will be converging on a Chicago-area suburb for a conference aimed at educating attendees about the disorder and its treatment options. The 2012 AutismOne / Generation Rescue Conference will be held at The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center and feature over 130 [...]

Heavy Metal Icons Team Up for Autism Awareness

Dan Spitz and Dave Mustaine, former members of legendary thrash-metal bands Anthrax and Megadeth, respectively, have recently teamed up on a new project entitled Red Lamb. The self-funded collaboration includes the new single "Puzzle Box," a song co-produced and written by Spitz and Mustaine that addresses the complex issues of autism. As we previously reported, [...]

Special Needs Student Assaulted by School Workers

Two employees at St. John’s Elementary in Darlington, South Carolina have been arrested after the release of a disturbing video that shows them yelling at, pushing and striking a ten-year-old special needs student. Tomeka Self and Rosanna Dudley have been charged with assault and battery and are scheduled to appear in court next week.  South [...]

Teen with Autism Uses YouTube to Display Unique Skills

First there was Jason McElwain. Now, another young man with autism has taken to YouTube to show off some unique basketball skills.   In a recently uploaded 48-second video, 17-year-old Karl Garay can be seen spinning a basketball from the palm of his hand and then keeping it going using the same hand.  Garay’s father, who [...]

Study Links Autism to High Fructose Corn Syrup

A new study released this past week has once again linked the consumption of processed foods to health complications, giving food safety advocates even more cause for concern. The April 10th publication of the Clinical Epigenetics Journal reported a link between high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and autism in the United States. According to the [...]

Justice Sought for Autistic Girl Seized by Canadian Government

Today is day 271. This represents the number of days Ayn Van Dyk has been held by Canadian authorities and kept away from her family. It also represents how long one British Columbia father has suffered indescribable pain. We’ve covered this story extensively in the past, but for the benefit of our new readers, here’s [...]

 
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  • * In 1970, Autism affected 1 out of 10,000 children
  • * Autism now affects 1 out of 88 children
  • * Autism affects 1 in 54 boys
  • * 1.7 million Americans have some form of autism
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