Video Games Used to Enhance Skills of Those with Autism

An eleven-year-old autistic boy in Edgewood, Washington with a keen interest for X-Box games, was recently labeled a ¨Cheater¨ by Microsoft for allegedly tampering with his account to boost his gaming scores.  This comes from a boy who didn’t play basketball because he believed taking the ball was stealing, so seeing the word ¨Cheater¨ beside [...]

Therapist Charged With Sexually Assaulting Autistic Child

A disturbing case that will get the blood boiling has emerged from South Carolina today, which involves a male therapist who has allegedly sexually assaulted an autistic child under the age of 11. Details are sketchy at this point, but a couple things we do know.  The alleged assailant is 27-year-old Bradford Smith of Sumter, [...]

Poll Suggests Autism-Vaccine Debate Divides More Than Ever

In what is probably the best indicator yet of just how divided the nation is on the autism-vaccine controversy, a new Harris Interactive/Healthday poll released today shows that fifty-two percent of Americans think that vaccines do not cause autism.  The survey comes nearly one month after the Dr. Wakefield MMR scandal broke and was taken [...]

When a Child with Autism is Unwelcome at Church

Here is an audio excerpt from a recent broadcast of Wretched Radio, where host Todd Friel describes an unfortunate situation involving a woman who’s son was turned away from several churches because of his autism.  In the clip, Friel laments at how the woman and her child are treated by places where people expect to [...]

Former Big Brother Winner Faces Heavy Prison Term

Former "Big Brother 9" contestant Adam Jasinski will be sentenced this week for attempting to sell 2,000 pills of oxycodone to a DEA informant, as well as his failure to file a tax return for 2008, the same year he won $500,000 for his part in the hit reality series.  Jasinski is expected to draw [...]

Claire Danes Wins Deserving Award for Role in Temple Grandin

Amid the insults and mean-spirited humor from host Ricky Gervais, there were some bright spots during last night’s 68th Annual Golden Globes Awards ceremony.  One of which included actress Claire Danes taking home an award for her portrayal of Temple Grandin in the made-for-HBO movie with the same name.  Danes’ award was for best performance [...]

Autism Bullying Reaches New Low in St. Paul Incident

In what can only be described as a sickening case of extreme bullying, five individuals (3 adults and 2 juveniles) have been charged with felony kidnapping and aggravated robbery after they lured a 16-year-old autistic teenager into a neighborhood area and attacked him after initially indicating they wanted to "hang out" and be his friend.  [...]

Special Needs Student Roughed Up in Avoidable Incident

A Sarasota police officer has been fired for roughing up a special needs student on a school bus following an incident back in December.  The video tape, which can be viewed below, shows Deputy Mark Perrin violently yanking a 17-year-old special needs student out of her seat and handcuffing her while she is still screaming.  [...]

Dan Marino Looks to Sack Autism

It’s always beneficial when a well-known public figure can use their celebrity status to raise awareness and funding for autism.  But when that celebrity also has a child with autism, there is a “credibility” factor and an instant connection is made with the autism community. As a result, great things are typically accomplished. Such is [...]

Wakefield Case Prematurely Shuts Door on Autism-Vaccine Debate

After investigative reporter Brian Deer found that Andrew Wakefield falsified a study linking autism to the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine, stories have inundated the newswires on a daily basis with headlines such as, "Autism/vaccine link: Another nail in the coffin," "New finding disproves link between vaccines and autism," and "Busting the autism/vaccine myth." [...]

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