Autism Mothers Hard Hit Economically

A recent University of Pennsylvania study confirms what autism families already know – autism results in substantial underemployment and loss of income among mothers.  Healthcare costs associated with the disorder are only part of the reason. Mothers take lower paying, more flexible jobs to be available for their child. But the primary issue is that [...]

The Reason for the Autism-Vaccine Injury Press Conference

Earlier today, the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy (EBCALA) held a press conference on the steps of the US Court of Federal Claims and presented the findings of an investigation of the “Vaccine Court” settlements paid out to families that had experienced vaccine injuries. The peer-reviewed study looked at cases of vaccine-injured [...]

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 [...]

Siblings of Children with Autism Carry Special Burdens

When a child has autism, most of the family’s energy and resources go towards that child. Siblings carry their own special burdens as they experience all the hardships and stress attendant with autism, yet may feel they get less of their parents’ attention. More is expected of them than their sibling and they can experience [...]

Martial Arts Proven Beneficial for Individuals with Autism

A recent and growing trend that has provided many benefits for children on the autism spectrum involves their engagement in karate and other martial arts.  A 2010 research project conducted by the University of Wisconsin physical therapy department confirmed what parents were already reporting — in the course of learning martial arts, children with autism [...]

Ohio Autism Scholarship Program Levels Playing Field

Ohio is leading the way in educational opportunities for individuals with autism by sponsoring the Ohio Autism Scholarship Program. Since 2003, the program has been providing up to $20,000 a year for families to seek an educational placement outside the public school system.  Funds can also be used to gain access to early intervention services [...]

Housing Solutions for Adults with Autism

While raising a child with autism is a day to day journey, in the back of every parent’s mind is what level of independence their child will eventually achieve. Where and how will they live? Lately, I’ve been coming across articles about concerned parents coming together to generate living spaces for their children. In Canada, [...]

In-Home Support Lacking for Parents of Sick Children

It’s all over the news that a Massachusetts woman has been charged with attempted murder, child endangerment and assault and battery for withholding cancer treatment from her son who also suffered from autism. She admitted that she did not give him in-home chemotherapy prescriptions for five months because the side effects made her son so [...]

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, [...]

 
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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
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  • * 4 out of 5 autistic children are boys

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