Special Education: An Overlooked Factor to the Newtown Tragedy

Something has been tugging at my heart in the wake of the unfathomable tragedy in Newtown, CT.  The obvious broken systems have been laid bare.  Gun control issues must be wrestled away from special interests and mental health must be recognized as an urgent public health issue.  But there’s another broken system in America that [...]

Autism Tattoos: A Growing Trend for Awareness and Support

With autism now affecting 1 in 110 children (with a much higher unofficial rate), you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who is not directly or indirectly affected by the disorder. Because of these high numbers and the growing popularity of tattoos in recent years, many tattoo shops across the country are seeing a large spike [...]

James Durbin Readies for Launch of Music Career

Since being voted off of American Idol back in May, James Durbin has been busy ramping up his professional music career, which officially launches this month. With an album debut scheduled for November 21st entitled, "Memories of a Beautiful Disaster," Durbin will be releasing the video for "Love Me Bad" on VEVO November 16th. The [...]

Entrepreneur Creates Opportunites for those with Autism

Entrepreneur Thorkil Sonne has discovered that individuals with autism make exceptional employees in the IT sector. As a father whose son was found to be on the autism spectrum, Sonne was initially in despair over the diagnosis until he quickly realized autism has its advantages. People with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) possess the ability to [...]

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 [...]

The Stress of Recess for Children with Autism

Parents of children with autism are painfully aware that recess time can be the worst part of their child’s school day. The piercing sound of the bell signals a time of loud, chaotic activity that is in and of itself difficult, but the inability to interact and play with their peers makes it a time [...]

Autism Changes the Role of Grandparents

A groundbreaking survey from the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) paints a picture of grandparents assuming a larger role in the lives of their grandchildren with autism. They are often the first to suspect that a child may have autism and once diagnosed, they have their own struggles in coming to terms with it. Some are [...]

Church Inclusion Increases for Autism Families

Many autism families would like to be able to attend church, but have given up on that possibility due to the obvious stress and strain of their child having to sit still for an hour (or more) or properly behave in a children’s ministry. Missing not only the worship aspect, but the support of a [...]

Autism Conference to Bring Hope and Help to Families

Beginning Wednesday, May, 25, 2011, the AutismOne/Generation Rescue Conference will begin at The Westin Hotel in the Chicago suburb of Lombard. The five-day event concludes on Sunday, May 29 and will contain a vast amount of information and resources, as well as give parents and caregivers the opportunity to reach out to each other and [...]

Travel Help for Autism Families

Summer is upon us and we all long for a vacation, but any autism family who’s attempted to fly knows what an ordeal it can be. Increasingly, airports are providing special trial runs for autism families to put them at ease prior to undertaking a journey. Logan Airport in Boston recently offered training to dozens [...]

 
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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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