Autism Wandering Remains a Deadly Problem

The recent case of Adam Benhamma continues to highlight the ongoing issue of wandering by those with autism. In fact, drowning has been cited as the leading cause of death for children and adults with autism, with a large majority of these incidents occurring during wandering episodes. Exposure to elements has also been responsible for [...]

Autism Awareness Event Recreates Sensory Challenges

A wonderful story has been reported out of Kentucky where a mother of twins with autism created an event for neurotypical children at her sons’ school to experience what it’s like to have autism. During Cumberland Trace Elementary School’s Autism Awareness Day, organizers manned five different sensory stations designed to let children experience first-hand the [...]

The Dangers and Pitfalls of Defining Autism

April is host to Autism Awareness Month as well as the fourth annual Autism Awareness Day (April 2nd). It is a time when concentrated efforts are made by both the media and individuals around the world to educate and help people to understand the statistics and the disorder itself. Under the surface, there is debate [...]

Light It Up Blue Kicks Off Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month and an ambitious effort has been launched by Autism Speaks for a second straight year through its ‘Light It Up Blue’ campaign. On April 1st and 2nd, buildings and well-known landmarks in over 120 cities across the United States and around the world will shine blue lights at night to [...]

Making Autism Awareness Month Count

On April 1 and 2, blue lights will be shining in cities all around the world to help promote autism awareness. In Seattle, The Children’s Museum will be open early exclusively to children with autism, who will be charged a reduced admission fee. People will walk, run, and attend banquets in honor of Autism Awareness [...]

Facebook Proves Helpful for Teens with Autism

Facebook has become the cyberspace version of another era’s malt shop – the place where teens hang out after school and socialize. But lately, there’s been a great deal of media attention about its dangers.  In addition to those concerns, there are other pitfalls as well, including teens without many friends feeling depressed, suffering from [...]

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 [...]

Law Enforcement Woes Associated with Autism Continue

A recent Virginia case in which an teenager with Asperger’s was sentenced by jury to ten-and-a-half years in prison for assaulting a police officer is a horrible tragedy for all concerned.  News accounts reported that the teen went to the library, but finding it closed, sat down outside on the grass. It was pointed out [...]

Autism, Divorce and Putting Children First

Recently, a study was conducted by Brian Freedman of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, dispelling the popular notion that the divorce rate among autism families was near 80%. The study found that despite high stress among families facing autism, 64 percent of children with an autism spectrum [...]

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