In-Home Support Lacking for Parents of Sick Children

It’s all over the news that a Massachusetts woman has been charged with attempted murder, child endangerment and assault and battery for withholding cancer treatment from her son who also suffered from autism. She admitted that she did not give him in-home chemotherapy prescriptions for five months because the side effects made her son so [...]

UN Secretary-General Addresses Autism

On April 6 in New York City, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued these remarks to a panel discussion on “Solving the Autism Public Health Puzzle: Regional and International Collaboration:" "I am honored to be here today with all of you.  My wife and I both feel strongly that autism is a matter of international concern [...]

Study Confirms Enhanced Visual Abilities for Individuals with Autism

Researchers lead by Laurent Mottron at the University of Montreal have confirmed scientifically what has been an anecdotal truth – people with autism enjoy unrivaled visual expertise. On a neurological level, they concentrate more brain resources in the areas associated with visual detection and identification and less in the areas used to plan and control [...]

James Durbin Delivers Emotional Performance During Hall of Fame Week

Known for his aggressive and upbeat rock performances, James Durbin shifted gears Wednesday night on American Idol, performing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by George Harrison of The Beatles. The song was chosen as part of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Week, where each ‘Idol’ contestant was able to select a tune from the [...]

Autism Wandering Remains a Deadly Problem

The recent case of Adam Benhamma continues to highlight the ongoing issue of wandering by those with autism. In fact, drowning has been cited as the leading cause of death for children and adults with autism, with a large majority of these incidents occurring during wandering episodes. Exposure to elements has also been responsible for [...]

Canadian Authorities Continue Search for Boy with Autism

A potentially heartbreaking story has emerged from Canada in Laval, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal. Three-year-old Adam Benhamma, who has autism and is both non-verbal and deaf, has been missing since Sunday afternoon after playing outside with his sister. The youngster disappeared during a game of hide-and-seek while his father briefly went inside the house [...]

Autism Awareness Event Recreates Sensory Challenges

A wonderful story has been reported out of Kentucky where a mother of twins with autism created an event for neurotypical children at her sons’ school to experience what it’s like to have autism. During Cumberland Trace Elementary School’s Autism Awareness Day, organizers manned five different sensory stations designed to let children experience first-hand the [...]

Autism Speaks Announces the Ten Best Cities for Autism

As part of Autism Awareness Month, Autism Speaks has released its findings from an online survey identifying the most livable cities for autism. These cities were recognized by respondents for best availability of services and resources, including educational, recreational and medical offerings. The cities, in no particular order are New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland, [...]

The Dangers and Pitfalls of Defining Autism

April is host to Autism Awareness Month as well as the fourth annual Autism Awareness Day (April 2nd). It is a time when concentrated efforts are made by both the media and individuals around the world to educate and help people to understand the statistics and the disorder itself. Under the surface, there is debate [...]

James Durbin Upsets Jackson Family with Pepsi Comment

A seemingly harmless and unscripted exchange between American Idol contestant James Durbin and host Ryan Seacrest has touched off a controversy involving Michael Jackson’s family.  According to TMZ, the Jackson family, including Michael’s father Joe, is upset at Durbin’s off-the-cuff remark on Wednesday evening when he stated, “I have a lot of hairspray in my [...]

 
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  • * In 1970, Autism affected 1 out of 10,000 children
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  • * Autism affects 1 in 54 boys
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