The Silver Lining of an Autism Diagnosis

Despite greater awareness and a better understanding of the disorder, autism rates continue to climb at an alarming rate, with more parents than ever before receiving the devastating news of an autism diagnosis. However, while the maze of a loved one’s diagnosis can be quite overwhelming, there is some potentially great news. As the first [...]

John E. Robison: An Emerging Voice of Autism

John Robison admits to being a problem child. Often sad, lonely and unable to make friends, he was shuffled from school to school and therapist to therapist, all while his Asperger’s Syndrome went undiagnosed. An electronics savant who saw wiring in patterns of color, Robison dropped out of high school and started working with rock [...]

American Idol Frontrunner Has Tourette Syndrome, Autism

Each year, American Idol produces a handful of contestants who give memorable performances during the audition rounds, immediately making them odds-on favorites to win. Last night, millions of American Idol viewers were introduced to just such a contestant in James Durbin. Durbin is a 21-year-old Santa Cruz, California resident and unemployed father who has faced [...]

Embracing the Label of Autism

With the autism rate now "officially" at 1 in 110 (the unofficial rate is much higher), many find it surprising that so many around us are affected. Autism is a "spectrum disorder," meaning there are varying degrees and severity to the condition, with a number of cases going undetected. Awareness and screening have greatly improved [...]

 
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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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