Food Safety and Autism

In my opinion, the search for “the cause” of autism is a misnomer, because in our modern world there is no single cause, but a complex of environmental factors that trigger a genetic predisposition. While our technological advances have aided us, they have also hurt us in terms of the air we breathe, the food [...]

Update on Child with Autism Removed From Home

An Autism Key reader named Laurie wrote in to update us on a heartbreaking story involving Ayn Van Dyk, a nine-year-old Canadian girl seized by authorities after being safely recovered from an autism wandering episode.  Derek Hoare, Ayn’s father, briefly lost sight of her while she was playing in their backyard, which is surrounded by [...]

Autism Mother Objects to Beauty Pageant Award

Melbourne, Australia brings us a bizarre story about a mother of a little girl with autism who entered her daughter in a child beauty contest with neurotypical fellow contestants and is now protesting its outcome. Leonie Myles was shocked and furious when her nine-year-old daughter, Tahnee, won a prize for best personality, despite her autism. [...]

Autism Insurance Breakthroughs Called Into Question

Recent reports from Disability Scoop confirm the old adage, “If something seems too good to be true, it probably is." In early July, California officials announced deals with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California under which the insurers said they would provide coverage for applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy for individuals with autism.  [...]

Military Families Confront Autism

Every family affected by autism experiences stress, but try to imagine the burdens of a military family coping with the disorder. Not only is the father or mother at risk in a foreign land, but military families have to move frequently as they are reassigned to new bases. These disruptions and uncertainties would be a [...]

Psychiatrist Deems Autism “Fashionable”

The DSM-IV is the diagnostic manual that defines all psychiatric disorders. After much controversy, Asperger’s Syndrome is now being included in the DSM-5 (2013 edition) as an autism spectrum disorder, relinquishing its once separate diagnosis. Language delays are no longer among the criteria for the new ASD and questions remain as to how mental challenges [...]

Syracuse University to Host Free Neurodiversity Conference

Neurodiversity is both a concept and a movement that maintains autism to be a variation of human brain wiring rather than something to be eradicated. Proponents seek to improve the quality of life of those with autism and to promote their civil rights as individuals. Syracuse University is hosting a regional symposium on neurodiversity and [...]

Meditation and Autism

Meditation is as old as the hills. Now, some researchers are conducting new studies into its benefits. Richard Davidson, a neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin, has used high-tech imaging tools to examine the brains of Buddhist monks as they practice meditation. He has discovered that meditation stimulates the parts of the brain associated with [...]

Advocacy Group Boosts Autism Employment Prospects

Founded by National Council on Disability (NCD) appointee Ari Ne’eman, The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) was approached last May by several large American corporations who wanted to hire individuals with autism for internships and paid positions. These companies wanted to create diversity in the workplace and no doubt have been influenced by the rise [...]

Back to School Preparation for Children with Autism

July is drawing to a close and for parents of children with autism, it’s a good time to start preparing for a child’s return to school. The more time a child has to adjust to impending changes in his or her routine, the better. Naturally, re-establishing bedtime and waking hours are of the utmost importance [...]

 
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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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