Respite Care Vital to Autism Families

During Autism Awareness Month and the other eleven months of the year, I am aware of the toll that autism takes on families.  A key to alleviating this stress is respite care.  The value of respite care is now being substantiated by researchers from Brigham Young University and Wasatch Mental Health who have conducted a [...]

Autism, Adulthood and Transitional Challenges

The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut shines a light on the need for exceptional care of autism spectrum students as they transition out of public schools and into adulthood. We see this phenomenon come into play as Adam Lanza is said to have spent two years living in isolation in his basement, largely playing violent video games [...]

Luggage Forwarding Services Help Autism Families

As the holiday travel season comes to a close, many parents of children with autism are relieved that it’s over. As we’ve documented in the past, traveling with a child with autism can be a major challenge, with airports and airplanes providing a multitude of sensory challenges for those with special needs. Adding to these [...]

New Study Finds IQ Tests Underestimate Autism Intelligence

A new study published at www.plos.org finds that traditional IQ testing likely underestimates the intelligence of individuals on the autism spectrum. The common perception that autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are characterized by uneven intellectual profiles and concomitant impairment can now be ascribed to the bias of the test itself. Researchers administered the standard Wechsler IQ [...]

Apple Expanding Into Disability and Autism Markets

Apple’s invention of the iPad was a happy accident in unleashing a new wave of possibilities for individuals on the autism spectrum. This device with its easy touch screen interface and ever expanding array of apps for increasing communication, is now in the toolbox of useful equipment for autism. An exciting development in this arena [...]

Study Finds Ten Percent of State Hospital Patients Have Autism

The number of diagnosed cases of autism is exploding. Children with autism will grow into adults and society is nowhere near ready to support them. In order to prepare for that eventuality, current adults on the autism spectrum need to be studied, but researchers are having a hard time finding them.  Concerned about the lack [...]

Autism Insurance Breakthroughs Called Into Question

Recent reports from Disability Scoop confirm the old adage, “If something seems too good to be true, it probably is." In early July, California officials announced deals with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California under which the insurers said they would provide coverage for applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy for individuals with autism.  [...]

Military Families Confront Autism

Every family affected by autism experiences stress, but try to imagine the burdens of a military family coping with the disorder. Not only is the father or mother at risk in a foreign land, but military families have to move frequently as they are reassigned to new bases. These disruptions and uncertainties would be a [...]

Advocacy Group Boosts Autism Employment Prospects

Founded by National Council on Disability (NCD) appointee Ari Ne’eman, The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) was approached last May by several large American corporations who wanted to hire individuals with autism for internships and paid positions. These companies wanted to create diversity in the workplace and no doubt have been influenced by the rise [...]

The Battle for Autism Service Dogs in Schools

At a time when the heartbreak of wandering is ever present in the news, the battle for having autism service dogs in school rages on. Service dogs are known to calm anxious children, disrupt their tantrums, aid in making transitions and keep them safe from traffic and the hazards of wandering. Yet despite the existence [...]

 
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