Tito Mukhopadhyay: The Rosetta Stone of Autism

Much attention has been given to the accomplishments of individuals on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum. We hear of gifted savants such as Daniel Tammet or Kim Peek who defy imagination with uncanny visual, mathematical or historical recollections and abilities. However, in a category all his own is Tito Mukhopadhyay, a native of [...]

James Durbin Discusses Family, Adam Lambert Comparisons

We recently received a comment by someone who noticed the excessive coverage of American Idol’s James Durbin on our site. My response was that we have not covered him nearly enough.  James Durbin is currently shattering many misconceptions and stereotypes about what individuals with special needs are capable of and is raising a tremendous amount [...]

James Durbin Voted into the Top 13 on American Idol

In a tense moment Thursday evening on live television, James Durbin was placed on stage in front of millions of viewers, pitted against his Hollywood roommate, Stefano Langone, for a spot in American Idol’s "Top 13." Host Ryan Seacrest eventually delivered the news to Durbin, that he earned a position in the elite group that [...]

20,000 Turn Out for Autism Walk in Miami

Yesterday, the Miami-Dade Chapter of Autism Speaks held its annual autism walk at JC Bermudez Park in the City of Doral, a suburb of Miami, Florida. The event, which was originally planned for Key Biscayne’s Crandon Park, was moved after Doral officials granted event organizers a special permit to hold the walk.  “The turnout was [...]

Fighting the Wrong Autism Battles Can Prove Costly

The US Supreme Court’s decision earlier this week protecting vaccine manufacturers from lawsuits highlights an even larger problem for many children with autism spectrum disorders and their families.  Well-intended parents are out campaigning and spending precious time, money and resources, all while home therapies needed to treat their child’s autism are being neglected. However meaningful [...]

Disney World Addresses Autism Bullying Incident

Last week, we reported about an incident involving blogger Amanda Broadfoot while she was on vacation with her family at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. While eating at a restaurant on New Year’s Eve, Broadfoot’s 4-year-old son with autism was harassed and bullied by a group of teens, causing the youngster to become visibly upset and [...]

Shocking Study Links Brain Erosion to Antipsychotics

This month, a shocking claim was made by the former chief of the American Journal of Psychiatry, Nancy Andreasen, when she published her findings that antipsychotic drugs, such as Risperadone, actually shrink the brain over time. Ms. Andreasen began a long-running study in 1991 on schizophrenia patients taking antipsychotics, periodically measuring their brain volumes with [...]

James Durbin Advances to Vegas on American Idol

Last night, viewers didn’t get to see much of James Durbin, other than a quick glimpse of him emotionally celebrating in Room One, where he, along with a few dozen other American Idol contestants, learned they would be advancing to the next round, which will take place in Las Vegas.  Durbin’s performance was not aired, [...]

Child With Autism Bullied at Disney World

An upsetting incident has been reported by Amanda Broadfoot over at Life is a Spectrum. According to her blog, an incident occurred this past New Year’s Eve while on a trip to Orlando, Florida when her and her family were dining at the ABC Commissary restaurant in Hollywood Studios (part of the Walt Disney World [...]

School Punishes Student for Exhibiting Autism Symptoms

The New York Daily News reports that Brandon Strong, a ten-year-old student with autism and ADHD, has been systematically punished at a New York charter school for exhibiting symptoms of his conditions. He has reportedly been detained during lunch and after school for behavior that includes talking to himself, failing to look teachers in the [...]

 
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