Seattle Area Hospital in Hot Water Over Autism Ads

Seattle Children’s Hospital was forced to pull its new ads from King County buses after complaints about its call to eradicate autism. The cherubic face of a young boy gazed out from the side of a bus which read, “Let’s wipe out cancer, diabetes and autism in his lifetime.”  The juxtaposition of autism with tragic [...]

Eight Year Old Girl Arrested, Shackled for Tantrum at School 

In yet another horror story of schools and police criminalizing autism, an eight year old girl at Lovejoy Elementary School in Alton, Ill., was jailed for over two hours by Alton police because of tantrum behavior. The youngster, who suffers from autism, anxiety disorder, and depression threw a fit at school and was screaming and [...]

Autistic Girl Seized by Canadian Government Heading Home

Of all the sad autism stories I have encountered, perhaps none has haunted me more than that of Ayn Van Dyk, the ten year old Canadian girl who was abducted from her school by Canada’s Child Protective Services.  As this site has documented in the past, Ayn had been successfully found safe and sound after [...]

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 [...]

Autism Conference to Shed Light on Treatment Options

Next week (May 23rd – May 27th), parents, educators, physicians and individuals with autism will be converging on a Chicago-area suburb for a conference aimed at educating attendees about the disorder and its treatment options. The 2012 AutismOne / Generation Rescue Conference will be held at The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center and feature over 130 [...]

Special Needs Student Assaulted by School Workers

Two employees at St. John’s Elementary in Darlington, South Carolina have been arrested after the release of a disturbing video that shows them yelling at, pushing and striking a ten-year-old special needs student. Tomeka Self and Rosanna Dudley have been charged with assault and battery and are scheduled to appear in court next week.  South [...]

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 [...]

Child with Autism Taken by Authorities, Remains in Custody

Today is January 31, 2012. For Derek Hoare, this simply means it’s day number 230 — the number of days his 10-year-old daughter with autism has been kept from him by Child Protective Services (MCFD) in Canada. The tragedy began in Abbotsford, British Columbia on June 16, 2011 when Canadian authorities removed Ayn Van Dyk [...]

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 [...]

Autism Bullying Remains a Problematic Issue

Several news stories have emerged in the past few days, underscoring the troubling and persistent issue of bullying regularly endured by those with autism and other special needs. In Kansas, 22-year-old AJ Alexander was attacked outside of a Starbucks, leaving him shaken up and with a black eye. The unprovoked assault occurred as Alexander was listening [...]

 
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