Autism Documentary Seeks Additional Funding for Release

With the launch of this month’s critically acclaimed autism documentary, "Wretches and Jabberers," another autism film that has yet-to-be-released is quietly creating a buzz online and in the blogosphere.  "The United States of Autism" is a documentary from director Richard Everts that involves a quest across America in just 40 days involving 11,000 miles and [...]

James Durbin Delivers Emotional Performance During Hall of Fame Week

Known for his aggressive and upbeat rock performances, James Durbin shifted gears Wednesday night on American Idol, performing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by George Harrison of The Beatles. The song was chosen as part of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Week, where each ‘Idol’ contestant was able to select a tune from the [...]

Former Anthrax Guitarist Becomes Autism Advocate

As the lead guitarist for the thrash-metal band Anthrax, Dan Spitz has played many sold-out shows over the course of his music career. Spitz was a member of the legendary band from 1983 to 1995, and then again from 2005-2007. However, his most important roles have come after his illustrious music career, as a husband, [...]

James Durbin Upsets Jackson Family with Pepsi Comment

A seemingly harmless and unscripted exchange between American Idol contestant James Durbin and host Ryan Seacrest has touched off a controversy involving Michael Jackson’s family.  According to TMZ, the Jackson family, including Michael’s father Joe, is upset at Durbin’s off-the-cuff remark on Wednesday evening when he stated, “I have a lot of hairspray in my [...]

American Idol Contestant James Durbin Mocked on YouTube

An upsetting video has been discovered on YouTube, mocking James Durbin and his Tourette’s Syndrome. The video, which was uploaded on March 24, 2011 by an individual using the handle "jordans704," shows a 54-second clip from this past Thursday’s American Idol results show in which James Durbin can be seen making unusual facial expressions during [...]

Hulk Hogan Welcomes James Durbin into the American Idol Top 10

In a tense moment on American Idol Thursday night, James Durbin, along with Paul McDonald, were both on stage awaiting their fates from Ryan Seacrest. The American Idol host delivered the news that neither Durbin nor McDonald were safe, temporarily stunning the audience in attendance and millions at home. However, in a strange and bizarre [...]

Bully Victim Casey Heynes Speaks Out, Describes Years of Abuse

Last week, we wrote about a popular video clip involving Casey Heynes, an Australian student who retaliated after being bullied by 12-year-old Ritchard Gale. The video struck a chord with many across the globe and went viral, being viewed by millions in the process. We covered the story on our site because of the inordinate [...]

Tsunamis, Wars and Nuclear Meltdowns: Dealing with Anxiety in a Child with Autism

A global financial crisis. Unrest in the Middle East. Earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan. Nuclear radiation fallout. Bombings in Libya. A cursory glance at these recent headlines would give any neurotypical person reason for concern at our world’s current state of affairs. However, for those on the autism spectrum, these events can create unneeded anxiety [...]

Bullying of Special Needs Students Remains Problematic

The topic of bullying has been front-and-center this past month, including an anti-bullying conference held last week with President Barack Obama, along with First Lady Michelle Obama. The conference addressed the administration’s anti-bullying campaign and plans to hold school districts accountable if they don’t adequately protect bullied students. Then a video went viral this week [...]

Snapple Discontinues Autism Awareness Drink

Last year, Holly Robinson Peete appeared on the hit reality show, Celebrity Apprentice, where she competed against 13 other contestants in hopes of benefiting the charity founded by her and her husband. Peete eventually placed second in the competition, losing to Poison front man and "Rock of Love" star Bret Michaels.  As part of their [...]

 
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