Caregiver Accused of Molesting Young Boy with Autism

In what appears to be an alarming and disturbing trend, another incident has been reported involving sexual misconduct between a caregiver and a child with autism. This time, a case has emerged from the Los Angeles area, where an in-home caregiver has been arrested and charged with 11 felony counts of committing a lewd act [...]

Bill Seeks to Eliminate Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

On April 6, 2011, U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA) introduced The Keeping All Students Safe Act, legislation designed to prevent school children from being abused as a result of inappropriate uses of restraint and seclusion. Government investigations have found that these abusive practices are used disproportionately against children with disabilities such as autism and most [...]

Update on Wrongful Death of Los Angeles Man with Autism

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that a federal jury has awarded $1.7 million dollars to the parents of an autistic man killed by a Los Angeles police officer. Mohammed Usman Chaudhry was a Pakistani-American with high functioning autism whose keen interest in how people survive on the streets led to an encounter with Officer [...]

Finding the Best States for Autism Services

Thanks in large part to the Autism Votes initiative, there has been a near domino-effect of states pushing for autism insurance reform. Missouri, California, Oregon and Virginia are the most recent states that have made headlines in the past few weeks related to this issue. In light of the current legislative efforts to have autism-related [...]

Law Enforcement Officials Still Unequipped to Handle Autism

A wrongful death suit against the Los Angeles Police Department highlights the need for police to be properly trained in recognizing and interacting with children with autism.Mohammad Chaudhry, a twenty-eight year old Pakistani-American was fascinated with how people survive brutal conditions and made it a habit to sleep outdoors. The account of what happened, according [...]

West Coast States Begin 2011 with Insurance Legislation

Every parent of a child with autism knows the financial and emotional burdens of the disorder, the long waiting lists for services, the exorbitant costs of services, all the while the clock ticks on vital early intervention.  Historically, lack of insurance coverage for autism has left many in dire straits. Fortunately, progress is being made [...]

 
 
 

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  • * In 1970, Autism affected 1 out of 10,000 children
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