No Charges Filed in Autism Abandonment Case

The story of a ten-year-old boy with severe autism being abandoned at a hospital emergency room in Florida is unfortunately not an unusual one. More and more horror stories are surfacing as families with inadequate support systems crack under the strain of caring for a child with autism.  In this case, the father of the [...]

Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Children with Autism

In light of my most recent post about zoos and children with autism, it was only fitting that our family decided to pack our bags and head to Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Having never been to this specific park, we were both anxious and curious as to [...]

Treatment of Special Needs Guests at Disney World Unparalleled

Last month, we reported about an incident that occurred at Disney’s Hollywood Studios involving some bullies and a child with autism.  The incident itself was unfortunate, but Disney’s poor handling of the situation afterwards created a lot of anger on message forums and blogs (including our own), with some parents threatening that they would not [...]

20,000 Turn Out for Autism Walk in Miami

Yesterday, the Miami-Dade Chapter of Autism Speaks held its annual autism walk at JC Bermudez Park in the City of Doral, a suburb of Miami, Florida. The event, which was originally planned for Key Biscayne’s Crandon Park, was moved after Doral officials granted event organizers a special permit to hold the walk.  “The turnout was [...]

Disney World Addresses Autism Bullying Incident

Last week, we reported about an incident involving blogger Amanda Broadfoot while she was on vacation with her family at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. While eating at a restaurant on New Year’s Eve, Broadfoot’s 4-year-old son with autism was harassed and bullied by a group of teens, causing the youngster to become visibly upset and [...]

Special Needs Student Roughed Up in Avoidable Incident

A Sarasota police officer has been fired for roughing up a special needs student on a school bus following an incident back in December.  The video tape, which can be viewed below, shows Deputy Mark Perrin violently yanking a 17-year-old special needs student out of her seat and handcuffing her while she is still screaming.  [...]

Qualifying for the McKay Scholarship for Autism

If you are a Florida resident, the single best resource for your child with autism is the McKay Scholarship Program.  Essentially, the McKay Scholarship provides state funding so you can choose the school (private or public) that best suits your child’s needs.  Depending on the award amount (which is based on your child’s IEP), tuition [...]

 
 
 

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Did You Know?

  • * 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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