The Reason for the Autism-Vaccine Injury Press Conference

Earlier today, the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy (EBCALA) held a press conference on the steps of the US Court of Federal Claims and presented the findings of an investigation of the “Vaccine Court” settlements paid out to families that had experienced vaccine injuries. The peer-reviewed study looked at cases of vaccine-injured [...]

New Technology May Alter Autism-Vaccine Debate

After six years of effort, a Tufts University team of scientists, doctors and researchers led by Abraham Sonenshein and Saul Tzipori, have created a needleless vaccine that does not require refrigeration. This represents a huge advancement as most vaccines require refrigeration, making their transport complicated, expensive and nearly impossible to deliver to remote parts of [...]

Fire Safety for Children on the Autism Spectrum

Lately, much attention has been given to the problems of autism wandering and the risky interaction between autistic individuals and the police. A less discussed and equally important issue that combines elements of the other two is fire safety for children on the autism spectrum. Children with autism (CWA) are at a higher risk in [...]

Another Child with Autism Wanders and Drowns

In what has seemingly become a regular occurrence, another child has tragically died in a wandering and drowning-related incident, this time near Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Four-year-old Blake Murrell, who had autism and was non-verbal, was found deceased in a duck pond yesterday afternoon just a short distance from his home. Murrell was reported missing at around [...]

Martial Arts Proven Beneficial for Individuals with Autism

A recent and growing trend that has provided many benefits for children on the autism spectrum involves their engagement in karate and other martial arts.  A 2010 research project conducted by the University of Wisconsin physical therapy department confirmed what parents were already reporting — in the course of learning martial arts, children with autism [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Autism Registries Needed for Local Law Enforcement

The Windsor Star reports a great idea coming from our neighbors to the north in having local police departments create a voluntary online registry of citizens with autism in their community. A successful pilot project exists in Ottawa, where last year, police teamed with the their local autism chapter to give officers quick access to [...]

 
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