Student with Autism Mistreated, Abused with Spray Bottle

A disturbing story has emerged from Deer Park, Texas, where a teacher has been accused of verbally mocking, taunting and in some cases, abusing children with autism and other special needs. Allegations surfaced back in December at a Deer Park ISD campus, claiming the teacher verbally and physically mistreated her students. Whistleblowers eventually came to [...]

Autism Comes to Hollywood: A Helpful or Hurtful Trend?

The NJ Record and Time Magazine have both published articles in the last few days addressing the latest trend of characters with autism appearing in film and/or television. We’ve touched on this topic in the past and have received mixed feedback from readers on the helpfulness (or lack thereof) of this growing trend. There are [...]

Autism, Siblings and the R-Word Effect

When we, the siblings of someone with special needs, hear the word “retarded” or “retard,” even in the most seemingly-casual context, it strikes us hard. When we hear it, we hear it as an echo of all the times our brothers and sisters were not welcomed. It’s an echo of every rejection, overt or covert, [...]

Despite Increased Awareness, the R-Word is Alive and Well

I am not one who offends easily, nor do I consider myself overly-sensitive. However, there are some words that should simply be extinguished from our vernacular. "Retard" is one of them.  Earlier this week, I was out shopping and overheard a young girl use the term in passing and it honestly bothered me a great [...]

Child with Autism Taken by Authorities, Remains in Custody

Today is January 31, 2012. For Derek Hoare, this simply means it’s day number 230 — the number of days his 10-year-old daughter with autism has been kept from him by Child Protective Services (MCFD) in Canada. The tragedy began in Abbotsford, British Columbia on June 16, 2011 when Canadian authorities removed Ayn Van Dyk [...]

New Tom Hanks Film Unearths Autism Discrimination

A new film starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock opens nationwide later this month and addresses several emotional issues, including the 9/11 terrorist attacks and autism. "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," based on the 2006 novel of the same name, tells the story of nine-year-old Oskar Schell who loses his father in the World Trade [...]

Tim Tebow and a Hope for Autism

At the moment, the biggest story in all of professional sports has been the unprecedented play of NFL quarterback Tim Tebow. For those unaware, Tebow is currently the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos and has led his team to an improbable string of victories over the last several months. After taking over an ineffective [...]

Cub Scouts Beneficial for Children with Autism

A challenge for many parents of children with autism is finding age-appropriate activities that help improve their social skills and interaction with others. For some, the Cub Scouts (part of The Boys Scouts of America) can provide a great way for children to improve in these and other areas, all while having fun in the [...]

Study Suggests Some with Autism Don’t Care What Others Think

Caltech researchers believe they have evidence that those with high functioning autism (HFA) don’t seem to care what other people think of them. This lack of “theory of mind,” or the capacity to know what others think and feel is not a new premise. In their recent experiment, Caltech researchers had those with HFA and [...]

Study Finds Correlation Between Atheism and Autism

A recent study from the University of Boston suggests that individuals with high-functioning autism are more likely to be atheists and to reject organized religion in general. Data garnered from autism forums and surveys of individuals with Asperger’s syndrome found that those respondents to be largely atheist, followed by having their own system of beliefs, [...]

 
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