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NonPareil Provides Tech Training for Adults with Autism

Parents of children with autism often experience life as a matter of making it through each day. But no matter where we are in our journey with our child’s autism, we wonder what lies ahead for them as adults. Reports of children aging out of their special education programs and support systems at school with [...]

Vaccines, Autism and the Squelching of the Non-Believers

A couple of interesting news reports on vaccines and autism were recently juxtaposed.  The Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy (EBCALA) has conducted extensive research on the vaccine compensation program as it relates to incidents of autism. In the face of overwhelming and concerted opposition, HDNet’s World Report and its Emmy-award winning journalist [...]

Cheerleading Squad Benefits Individuals with Autism

Disability Scoop brings an uplifting story of a teenager named Sarah Cronk of Bettendorf, Iowa, who started the nation’s first school-based cheerleading squad including students both with and without disabilities. Sarah was inspired to do this after her brother with autism was befriended by the school swim team captain and she witnessed how much that [...]

Study Finds Ten Percent of State Hospital Patients Have Autism

The number of diagnosed cases of autism is exploding. Children with autism will grow into adults and society is nowhere near ready to support them. In order to prepare for that eventuality, current adults on the autism spectrum need to be studied, but researchers are having a hard time finding them.  Concerned about the lack [...]

New Batman Comic Features Autism

My sons with autism have always loved comics. Now teenagers, they still gravitate towards graphic novels. Having a story broken down into small illustrated segments is inherently appealing to individuals with autism.  A comic book writer in New Jersey named Joe Caramagna tumbled into this affinity by reading comic book message boards. Inspired by the [...]

Trains and Autism

Many children with autism have a well-documented interest in trains, enthralled by their motion and predictable patterns. They tend to prefer trains to planes because of their back-and-forth motion, in contrast to the variability of flight patterns. With their complex schedules and maps, trains have a great deal of information for those with autism to [...]

Tragic Autism Police Encounter Demands Attention

A tragic situation we previously reported on involving a police encounter with a teen on the autism spectrum deserves immediate attention. On the morning of May 24, 2010, 19 year-old Reginald “Neli” Latson sat in the grass outside the local library in Stafford, Virginia waiting for it to open. Unbeknownst to him, a nearby school [...]

Improvisation for Autism

One thing I’ve learned over the last fifteen years of raising my twins with autism is the power of being oblique. After one son bombed out of a series of social skills classes, I felt like I may as well make a little pile of money and burn it. Even worse, the experiences made him [...]

Entrepreneur Creates Opportunites for those with Autism

Entrepreneur Thorkil Sonne has discovered that individuals with autism make exceptional employees in the IT sector. As a father whose son was found to be on the autism spectrum, Sonne was initially in despair over the diagnosis until he quickly realized autism has its advantages. People with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) possess the ability to [...]

Neuroscientist Links Autism with Internet Use

Neuroscientist Baroness Greenfield of Oxford University has created a firestorm of controversy by correlating autism with increased computer use amongst children. She contends that the use of social networking Web sites is altering children’s brains, creating shorter attention spans, an expectation of instant gratification and a lack of empathy (i.e. “autistic-like traits").  She proceeds to [...]

 
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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
  • * 4 out of 5 autistic children are boys

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