Autism: A Disability or Disorder?

As we all know, the vaccine-autism debate can often be as virulent as the diseases the vaccines are intended to prevent. But equally as rancorous is the debate of whether autism is a disability or a disorder. The question cuts to the heart of issues from allocation of funding to how individuals with autism want [...]

Autism Mothers in Need of More Time for Themselves

I just read a recent article by a psychiatrist proclaiming that a family with an autistic member needs to “reassess its priorities” and consider professional help in organizing their lives. She went on to emphasize the importance of parents and caregivers taking time out for themselves and spending time alone with their partners and other [...]

Autism Awareness Month Still a Work in Progress

Leading up to this year’s Autism Awareness Month, I began with real hope in my heart. I knew that a trailer would be released on April 1st for a new documentary film entitled "The United States of Autism" ( http://usofautism.com ) that my family and I were featured in and we were also celebrating World [...]

Former Anthrax Guitarist Becomes Autism Advocate

As the lead guitarist for the thrash-metal band Anthrax, Dan Spitz has played many sold-out shows over the course of his music career. Spitz was a member of the legendary band from 1983 to 1995, and then again from 2005-2007. However, his most important roles have come after his illustrious music career, as a husband, [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Autism-Vaccine Debate Reaches Toxic Levels

In Sunday’s Doonesbury comic strip, even famed cartoonist Garry Trudeau decided to weigh in on the autism-vaccine debate, taking swipes at Jenny McCarthy in the process. McCarthy, who has become the de facto face of the anti-vaccination movement, has taken a beating in recent months, particularly when charges of fraud surfaced from a 1998 study [...]

Mary Poppins and a Mother’s Welcome Guide to Autism

The “Mary Poppins” approach of teaching through play, while being highly animated and visual  is the KEY to curing a child’s autism. “Cure” in the sense that a functional, happy life, complete with a driver’s license, complex relationships, a career and a family of their own is possible. Will they always be quirky? I do [...]

 
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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
  • * 1.7 million Americans have some form of autism
  • * 4 out of 5 autistic children are boys

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