Light It Up Blue Kicks Off Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month and an ambitious effort has been launched by Autism Speaks for a second straight year through its ‘Light It Up Blue’ campaign. On April 1st and 2nd, buildings and well-known landmarks in over 120 cities across the United States and around the world will shine blue lights at night to [...]

Making Autism Awareness Month Count

On April 1 and 2, blue lights will be shining in cities all around the world to help promote autism awareness. In Seattle, The Children’s Museum will be open early exclusively to children with autism, who will be charged a reduced admission fee. People will walk, run, and attend banquets in honor of Autism Awareness [...]

American Idol Contestant James Durbin Mocked on YouTube

An upsetting video has been discovered on YouTube, mocking James Durbin and his Tourette’s Syndrome. The video, which was uploaded on March 24, 2011 by an individual using the handle "jordans704," shows a 54-second clip from this past Thursday’s American Idol results show in which James Durbin can be seen making unusual facial expressions during [...]

Hulk Hogan Welcomes James Durbin into the American Idol Top 10

In a tense moment on American Idol Thursday night, James Durbin, along with Paul McDonald, were both on stage awaiting their fates from Ryan Seacrest. The American Idol host delivered the news that neither Durbin nor McDonald were safe, temporarily stunning the audience in attendance and millions at home. However, in a strange and bizarre [...]

Bully Victim Casey Heynes Speaks Out, Describes Years of Abuse

Last week, we wrote about a popular video clip involving Casey Heynes, an Australian student who retaliated after being bullied by 12-year-old Ritchard Gale. The video struck a chord with many across the globe and went viral, being viewed by millions in the process. We covered the story on our site because of the inordinate [...]

Tsunamis, Wars and Nuclear Meltdowns: Dealing with Anxiety in a Child with Autism

A global financial crisis. Unrest in the Middle East. Earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan. Nuclear radiation fallout. Bombings in Libya. A cursory glance at these recent headlines would give any neurotypical person reason for concern at our world’s current state of affairs. However, for those on the autism spectrum, these events can create unneeded anxiety [...]

Bullying of Special Needs Students Remains Problematic

The topic of bullying has been front-and-center this past month, including an anti-bullying conference held last week with President Barack Obama, along with First Lady Michelle Obama. The conference addressed the administration’s anti-bullying campaign and plans to hold school districts accountable if they don’t adequately protect bullied students. Then a video went viral this week [...]

New Resources to Help Keep Children with Autism Safe

The National Autism Association is making headlines for advocating the implementation of a diagnostic code on behalf of minors with special needs that have a history of wandering. A serious risk among children with autism is death associated with wandering, including accidental drowning and exposure. A special diagnostic code would increase awareness among physicians about [...]

Bullying Victim Casey Heynes Exacts Revenge, Gets Suspended

The Internet and blogosphere have been buzzing all week about a bullying incident that occurred on Monday in Sydney, Australia. Sixteen-year-old Casey Heynes was the target of repeat bullying by numerous students at Chifley College, Dunheved Campus at North St Mary’s and can be seen in a video once again being tormented by a fellow [...]

Law Enforcement Woes Associated with Autism Continue

A recent Virginia case in which an teenager with Asperger’s was sentenced by jury to ten-and-a-half years in prison for assaulting a police officer is a horrible tragedy for all concerned.  News accounts reported that the teen went to the library, but finding it closed, sat down outside on the grass. It was pointed out [...]

 
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  • * In 1970, Autism affected 1 out of 10,000 children
  • * Autism now affects 1 out of 88 children
  • * Autism affects 1 in 54 boys
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  • * 4 out of 5 autistic children are boys

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