Teen with Autism Sent to Jail for Selling Sugar Packs at School

In another episode of “World Gone Mad," a sixteen-year-old Ohio boy has been jailed for allegedly trying to sell sugar packets at school.  Conceptualized as a practical joke, the teen took sugar packets from the cafeteria and transferred them to a soda straw wrapper, telling classmates it was a “secret sugar rush concoction." Punishment was swift [...]

Special Education: An Overlooked Factor to the Newtown Tragedy

Something has been tugging at my heart in the wake of the unfathomable tragedy in Newtown, CT.  The obvious broken systems have been laid bare.  Gun control issues must be wrestled away from special interests and mental health must be recognized as an urgent public health issue.  But there’s another broken system in America that [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

David Byrne: Another Talented Individual with Autism

One of my favorite bands of all time is Talking Heads, the American New Wave band formed in 1974 in New York City and active until 1991. David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison comprised the band that fused elements of punk, art rock, avant-garde, pop, funk, world music and Americana. Frontman and [...]

Short Film by Autism Advocate Sheds Light on Condition

Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting a number of different people within the autism community at the Autism Society’s 42nd annual conference in Orlando, Florida. We attended as exhibitors to introduce a new line of autism jewelry that will help benefit autism awareness, with a portion of proceeds going towards various autism-related programs [...]

Teen Hacker Diagnosed with Autism

A UK teen who has been implicated in a string of website hacking incidents, has Asperger’s Syndrome, his lawyer said this past week. Ryan Cleary, 19, has been accused of taking down Britain’s Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) website and was arrested at his home this past Monday as part of a joint investigation by [...]

Autism Advocate Talks About Life on the Spectrum

Recently, I interviewed Michael Buckholtz, founder of Aid for Autistic Children Foundation and an individual with Asperger’s Syndrome and OCD. Michael is a songwriter, performer, multi-platinum record producer and among other things, has worked with M.C. Hammer during the course of his music career. He also served our country in the United States Navy. After [...]

Autism and Eating Disorders: A Problematic Connection

In a previous article, I discussed how girls with undiagnosed Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) often manifest eating disorders. Researchers at the Maudsley Hospital in London compared and contrasted autism and anorexia for several years and found that while patients with autism struggle to connect with people in the outside world and anorexics are obsessed with other [...]

James Durbin Voting Complaints Yet to be Addressed

In many seasons since its inception, American Idol has been dogged with accusations of voting irregularities, mainly from disgruntled fans of popular contestants who were upset that their favorites did not advance to the next round. It’s no surprise, then, when James Durbin was eliminated last week, a large number of fans took to Facebook [...]

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