Mayo Clinic Weighs in on Restrictive Diets for Autism

Recently, on a Q&A portion of its website, the Mayo Clinic weighed in on the gluten free, casein free (GFCF) diet for autism. Dr. Jay Hoecker, emeritus consultant for the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, stated that there was "no evidence that special diets are an effective autism treatment" and that "restrictive diets can [...]

Improvement Needed in Autism Inclusion Programs

Last year, autism rights activist Ari Ne’eman was appointed to the National Council on Disability as the first openly autistic presidential appointee in American history. Ne´eman points out that both the law and an overwhelming body of empirical evidence support the notion that children with autism benefit most from an inclusionary model of education: "Research [...]

Temple Grandin: Changing the Face of Autism

Temple Grandin was thrust into the national spotlight nearly one year ago year after the release of HBO’s critically acclaimed movie, Temple Grandin. She then became a near-household name last month after Claire Danes, who portrayed her in the film, took home a Golden Globe award for her performance. However, few are aware that prior [...]

Autism Sunday and Autism Twitter Storm on February 13th

The International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome aka "Autism Sunday," will be observed this Sunday, February 13, 2011. The annual event, which was originally started in 2002 by UK residents Ivan and Charika Corea, has since grown into a worldwide phenomena and is observed on the second Sunday in February. Churches of [...]

Law Enforcement Officials Still Unequipped to Handle Autism

A wrongful death suit against the Los Angeles Police Department highlights the need for police to be properly trained in recognizing and interacting with children with autism.Mohammad Chaudhry, a twenty-eight year old Pakistani-American was fascinated with how people survive brutal conditions and made it a habit to sleep outdoors. The account of what happened, according [...]

Why Parents Should Publicize a Child’s Autism

I have been somewhat criticized for making myself and my child a "walking billboard" for autism. I have listened to and given much thought on this matter, keeping my child’s privacy in mind.  However, my most recent research into the difficulties presented for emergency workers, thanks largely to a number of authors who have written [...]

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