Therapist Charged With Sexually Assaulting Autistic Child

A disturbing case that will get the blood boiling has emerged from South Carolina today, which involves a male therapist who has allegedly sexually assaulted an autistic child under the age of 11. Details are sketchy at this point, but a couple things we do know.  The alleged assailant is 27-year-old Bradford Smith of Sumter, [...]

Poll Suggests Autism-Vaccine Debate Divides More Than Ever

In what is probably the best indicator yet of just how divided the nation is on the autism-vaccine controversy, a new Harris Interactive/Healthday poll released today shows that fifty-two percent of Americans think that vaccines do not cause autism.  The survey comes nearly one month after the Dr. Wakefield MMR scandal broke and was taken [...]

Consequences of Autism Denial Can Be Far Reaching

One of the most harmful things a parent can do when they suspect their child has autism or any other developmental disability is to ignore the problem. Studies and supporting evidence have consistently shown that early intervention is a critical factor in a child’s ability to mainstream themselves into schools and society later in life.  [...]

Special Needs Student Roughed Up in Avoidable Incident

A Sarasota police officer has been fired for roughing up a special needs student on a school bus following an incident back in December.  The video tape, which can be viewed below, shows Deputy Mark Perrin violently yanking a 17-year-old special needs student out of her seat and handcuffing her while she is still screaming.  [...]

Wakefield Case Prematurely Shuts Door on Autism-Vaccine Debate

After investigative reporter Brian Deer found that Andrew Wakefield falsified a study linking autism to the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine, stories have inundated the newswires on a daily basis with headlines such as, "Autism/vaccine link: Another nail in the coffin," "New finding disproves link between vaccines and autism," and "Busting the autism/vaccine myth." [...]

Dr. Andrew Wakefield Accused of Faking Data in MMR Autism Study

Very disheartening to read the story below. Wakefield’s purported actions have hurt the cause of many who are still trying to uncover the truth behind a potential autism-vaccine link. While Wakefield’s story deals specifically with MMR and autism, there is still a lot of inconclusive info in relation to other vaccines and potential environmental triggers.  [...]

Autism Spectrum Quotient Quiz a Viral Hit

The Autism Spectrum Quotient Test or AQ Test for short, is a self diagnostic tool for adults to determine if they are on the autism spectrum or are classified as having Asperger’s Syndrome. The Autism Quotient Test consists of fifty questions, which help individuals evaluate their own autistic traits, if any exist. Questions are geared [...]

Raun Kaufman’s Autism Recovery Story

Below is the audio to an interview we recorded with Raun Kaufman a few years ago.  Raun is the CEO of the Autism Treatment Center of America. Raun’s story is quite remarkable.  At an early age, he was diagnosed with severe autism, along with a tested IQ of 30.  Despite a bleak prognosis, Raun’s parents [...]

New Law in Missouri Provides Autism Insurance to Families

Several years ago, Autism Key published a rather subjective list of states we thought, at the time, provided the best autism resources, support, and services.  Missouri was one of the states that made our list and soon after it was published, we received plenty of negative feedback from residents of the state contesting our choice, [...]

Milk Allergies and the Autism Connection

A good number of children on the autism spectrum also suffer from various allergies and food sensitivities.  One of the more common issues related to allergies and autism can be linked to milk, or more specifically, the casein protein. Casein is naturally produced in the milk of lactose-producing mammals, which include cows, goats and humans. [...]

 
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  • * In 1970, Autism affected 1 out of 10,000 children
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