Awareness of High Functioning Autism Lacking in Schools

The seemingly endless reports of unethical and opportunistic individuals related to autism seem to be occurring on a regular basis and where there’s money to be made, there will always be those who are willing to take advantage of the misfortunes of others. I myself received a rude entry into the world of autism and [...]

Disney World Addresses Autism Bullying Incident

Last week, we reported about an incident involving blogger Amanda Broadfoot while she was on vacation with her family at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. While eating at a restaurant on New Year’s Eve, Broadfoot’s 4-year-old son with autism was harassed and bullied by a group of teens, causing the youngster to become visibly upset and [...]

Neurodiversity vs Disorder: The Other Great Divide of Autism

With all of the attention the autism-vaccine debate has received, often overlooked is another source of infighting within the autism community that involves neurodiversity vs. disorder. Neurodiversity is a movement commonly seen among those with high functioning autism and adheres to the notion that people with autism experience the world differently, not pathologically. As such, [...]

Autism and IEPs: When Knowledge is Power

It’s that time of year again when parents will meet with their school districts and write their Individualized Education Programs or IEPs. These are mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and outline the individual educational needs for each child with special needs. My close friend, who has her Masters in Education once [...]

Successful Careers and Marriages Likely for Many with Autism

The Autism Society of Minnesota recently hosted an "Autism and Employment" conference in which managers from 3M, Cargill and Best Buy took to the stage in praise of their employees with autism, counting them "among their very best."   With a looming shortage of workers due to the retirement of baby boomers, more companies are [...]

The Silver Lining of an Autism Diagnosis

Despite greater awareness and a better understanding of the disorder, autism rates continue to climb at an alarming rate, with more parents than ever before receiving the devastating news of an autism diagnosis. However, while the maze of a loved one’s diagnosis can be quite overwhelming, there is some potentially great news. As the first [...]

Child With Autism Bullied at Disney World

An upsetting incident has been reported by Amanda Broadfoot over at Life is a Spectrum. According to her blog, an incident occurred this past New Year’s Eve while on a trip to Orlando, Florida when her and her family were dining at the ABC Commissary restaurant in Hollywood Studios (part of the Walt Disney World [...]

Autism Advocates Tap Social Media Sites to Promote Awareness

With the meteoric rise of social media Web sites such as Facebook and Twitter, many individuals and groups now have the opportunity to reach large numbers of people to promote awareness, advocacy and attention for their causes. Such is the case with autism, where a dramatic spike in prevalence over the last 10 years has [...]

Son of Jenny McCarthy Suffers Seizure, Sent to Emergency Room

It is estimated that between 25%-30% of those diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder will suffer at least one seizure before the onset of puberty. Varying in degree and intensity, these incidents can be incredibly traumatic for parents to witness, particularly if it’s a first-time episode.  Unfortunately, on Sunday night, Jenny McCarthy’s son suffered one, [...]

Autism Registries Needed for Local Law Enforcement

The Windsor Star reports a great idea coming from our neighbors to the north in having local police departments create a voluntary online registry of citizens with autism in their community. A successful pilot project exists in Ottawa, where last year, police teamed with the their local autism chapter to give officers quick access to [...]

 
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  • * 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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