Autism and Academics: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Any parent with a school-aged child knows that both classroom issues and homework can often be overwhelming for students. And no one knows that better than the parents of a child with autism. Not only do autistic students have an academic curriculum, but they have a social curriculum which is every bit as demanding and [...]

West Coast States Begin 2011 with Insurance Legislation

Every parent of a child with autism knows the financial and emotional burdens of the disorder, the long waiting lists for services, the exorbitant costs of services, all the while the clock ticks on vital early intervention.  Historically, lack of insurance coverage for autism has left many in dire straits. Fortunately, progress is being made [...]

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, [...]

Sanctions and Scorn for the Unvaccinated

On January 21, 2011, CNN.com ran an Op-Ed by Dr. Rahul K. Parikh stating that parents of unvaccinated children should pay substantially higher insurance rates than those who are in compliance. He argued that the discrediting of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, once and for all, settled the issue of vaccines and autism. Furthermore, it was suggested [...]

Autism Bullying Reaches New Low in St. Paul Incident

In what can only be described as a sickening case of extreme bullying, five individuals (3 adults and 2 juveniles) have been charged with felony kidnapping and aggravated robbery after they lured a 16-year-old autistic teenager into a neighborhood area and attacked him after initially indicating they wanted to "hang out" and be his friend.  [...]

 
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Did You Know?

  • * 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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