Update on Child with Autism Removed From Home

An Autism Key reader named Laurie wrote in to update us on a heartbreaking story involving Ayn Van Dyk, a nine-year-old Canadian girl seized by authorities after being safely recovered from an autism wandering episode.  Derek Hoare, Ayn’s father, briefly lost sight of her while she was playing in their backyard, which is surrounded by [...]

Autism Mother Objects to Beauty Pageant Award

Melbourne, Australia brings us a bizarre story about a mother of a little girl with autism who entered her daughter in a child beauty contest with neurotypical fellow contestants and is now protesting its outcome. Leonie Myles was shocked and furious when her nine-year-old daughter, Tahnee, won a prize for best personality, despite her autism. [...]

Nine-Year-Old with Autism Still Being Kept from Father

I’m sorry to have to provide an upsetting update from my previous article, The State vs. Autism Families. Nine-year-old Ayn Van Dyk, who was taken from her home after being safely recovered after a wandering incident, is still in the hands of Canadian authorities. The tragedy began in Abbotsford, British Columbia on June 16th, when [...]

Addressing the Autism Education Crisis

A recent article decrying the fact that Mississippi requires no autism training for its special education teachers struck me as hardly newsworthy. The reality is that special education teacher requirements vary drastically from state-to-state and when it comes to autism, they are abysmal. As far as I could tell from my research (and I would [...]

Stranger Replaces Stolen Autism Therapy Dog

The recent trends in autism news have been dispiriting, to say the least. The persecution of parents with autism, a community rejecting a group home for young adults with autism, the harrowing encounters between individuals with autism and police and rampant wandering cases leave me needing a break from the doom-and-gloom. A story out of [...]

Autism Conference Set to Educate and Unite Attendees

Beginning this Wednesday, July 6, the Autism Society of America Foundation will hold its annual conference in Orlando, Florida. This will mark the organization’s 42nd conference and is one of the largest of its kind in the nation. The three-day event will feature approximately 100 exhibitors and up to 1,800 attendees converging from all around [...]

Florida Mom Jailed for Truancy of Son with Autism

Tampa, Florida brings us an appalling case of a single mother jailed because her child with autism missed too much school. Non-verbal and prone to disrupting class, the son attended half-days at his elementary school. His mother would often sit in the hall during that time waiting to have to take him home after his [...]

UK Mother Set Free After Killing Son with Autism

Following up on a story we reported on in May, Yvonne Freaney, a UK mother who killed her 11-year-old son with severe autism, has been allowed to walk free by Justice Wyn Williams this past week. This comes after initially being cleared of murder and convicted of a lesser charge of manslaughter. In his ruling, [...]

Queens Community Opposed to Group Home for Autism

A truly disheartening story has emerged from Queens, New York where Bellerose residents are saying “not in my backyard” to an Astoria nonprofit’s plan to set up a group home for young adults with autism in their neighborhood. Apparently, another group home exists in the community, so the neighborhood contends that the proposal constitutes oversaturation. [...]

Teen Hacker Diagnosed with Autism

A UK teen who has been implicated in a string of website hacking incidents, has Asperger’s Syndrome, his lawyer said this past week. Ryan Cleary, 19, has been accused of taking down Britain’s Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) website and was arrested at his home this past Monday as part of a joint investigation by [...]

 
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