Tiered Diplomas Abandoned in Rhode Island

Advocates for low-income, minority students and students with special needs, including the Rhode Island Disability Law Center and The Autism Project of Rhode Island scored a major victory in Providence last week when Education Commissioner Deborah Gist announced she would scrap a plan for a three-tiered high school diploma system tied to standardized test scores.  [...]

Hospital Preparedness Lacking for Children with Autism

Residents of the United States will be facing the peak of flu season (which runs from October through May) in the coming few weeks and it’s likely that a portion of children who get sick will require hospitalization during that time. Every child is anxious when they have to stay in the hospital, but for [...]

Transitioning to Adulthood Poses Challenges for those with Autism

A group from Washington University in St. Louis reports that upon finishing high school, many children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are left without the proper supportive or health services that they previous had access to. According to the report, nearly 40 percent of youths with ASDs from among the more than 400 surveyed participants [...]

Large Lawsuit Settlement Sets Poor Precedent

A federal judge in West Palm Beach, Florida has finalized a settlement, awarding a mother of a child with autism $427,000 for an incident that took place nearly three years ago, when her son was voted out of kindergarten by his classmates. In May of 2008, teacher Wendy Portillo brought Alex Barton to the front [...]

Snow Day Strategies for Children with Autism

Routines and schedules are the mantra for those with autism and their families. If fact, they are so important to a child on the spectrum, any change in their daily habits can cause much anxiety or stress. A big “change” that is currently affecting a lot of families is related to the relentless winter weather. [...]

Top iPad Apps for Children with Autism

For families of children with autism, we know all too well the challenge of communication between us and the child. Autism affects both receptive and expressive communication skills and can often leave everyone frustrated at the inability to convey a simple request. But Apple has unwittingly revolutionized the autism world with the technology of the [...]

Video Games Used to Enhance Skills of Those with Autism

An eleven-year-old autistic boy in Edgewood, Washington with a keen interest for X-Box games, was recently labeled a ¨Cheater¨ by Microsoft for allegedly tampering with his account to boost his gaming scores.  This comes from a boy who didn’t play basketball because he believed taking the ball was stealing, so seeing the word ¨Cheater¨ beside [...]

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 [...]

Why Autism and Why Me?

Over five years ago, when we first received our son’s autism diagnosis, one of the first questions I remember asking myself was, "Why me?" "Was I being punished for something I had previously done?" and "What did we do to be dealt such a painful lot?" It’s reasonable to assume that most parents have posed [...]

Autism Training Essential for School Bus Drivers

Earlier this month, we wrote about an upsetting incident involving the arrest of a girl with special needs on a school bus.  The officer in the incident, Deputy Mark Perrin, was fired as a result of his actions: One of the pressing questions that has yet to be asked in that case is, "Where was [...]

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