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 [...]

Donald Trump Jumps Into Autism-Vaccine Controversy

Donald Trump is a well-known celebrity entrepreneur who has never been afraid to speak his mind. Earlier this month, he decided to weigh in on the autism-vaccine controversy on Fox & Friends, a weekday morning program on the Fox News Channel.  On Autism Awareness Day, Trump made his weekly appearance and was asked about the [...]

Justice Sought for Autistic Girl Seized by Canadian Government

Today is day 271. This represents the number of days Ayn Van Dyk has been held by Canadian authorities and kept away from her family. It also represents how long one British Columbia father has suffered indescribable pain. We’ve covered this story extensively in the past, but for the benefit of our new readers, here’s [...]

Autism Advocates Seek Return of Snapple Drink

In 2010, actress and talk show host Holly Robinson Peete competed in Donald Trump’s hit reality show Celebrity Apprentice, where she placed second behind Poison lead singer Bret Michaels. As part of the season finale, Michaels and Peete were tasked to create and market a new drink flavor for Snapple. Peete, a mother of a [...]

Review of Touch from an Autism Mom

It has been a long time since I have been profoundly moved by a television show that has left me feeling hopeful regarding the interconnectedness of humanity. For anyone who believes things happen for a reason, this will be your new favorite show. Having previewed their new baby on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, Fox will [...]

Autism Film Hopes to Make Impact in 2012

Last year, we reported about an upcoming autism documentary from producer/director Richard Everts that involved a 40-day cross-country trip and 20 different autism families, speaking 5 different languages. At the time, producers of "The United States of Autism" were seeking funding for post-production expenses and marketing of the film. It now appears they are one [...]

Kiefer Sutherland Touched by Autism in New Series on Fox

In what appears to be an increasing trend in both movies and television, characters with autism (or autistic traits) have become a focal point of interest for both writers and producers. As we mentioned last week, a new Tom Hanks movie is set for release later this month, revolving around the 9/11 attacks and a [...]

New Tom Hanks Film Unearths Autism Discrimination

A new film starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock opens nationwide later this month and addresses several emotional issues, including the 9/11 terrorist attacks and autism. "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," based on the 2006 novel of the same name, tells the story of nine-year-old Oskar Schell who loses his father in the World Trade [...]

Missing Autism Service Dog Found Dead

We have some sad news to share, following up on a previous story we wrote about last week.  According to WCSC in South Carolina, Toby, the autism service dog who had been taken from a family’s front yard, has turned up dead in the same location. Kelly Nolan, the mother of the child who the [...]

James Durbin Readies for Launch of Music Career

Since being voted off of American Idol back in May, James Durbin has been busy ramping up his professional music career, which officially launches this month. With an album debut scheduled for November 21st entitled, "Memories of a Beautiful Disaster," Durbin will be releasing the video for "Love Me Bad" on VEVO November 16th. The [...]

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