Autism, Adulthood and Transitional Challenges

The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut shines a light on the need for exceptional care of autism spectrum students as they transition out of public schools and into adulthood. We see this phenomenon come into play as Adam Lanza is said to have spent two years living in isolation in his basement, largely playing violent video games [...]

Review of Touch from an Autism Mom

It has been a long time since I have been profoundly moved by a television show that has left me feeling hopeful regarding the interconnectedness of humanity. For anyone who believes things happen for a reason, this will be your new favorite show. Having previewed their new baby on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, Fox will [...]

Giving Thanks in the Face of Autism

For many parents of children of autism, much of their year is fraught with frustration, setbacks, disappointments and letdowns. Dealing with autism can be an emotionally draining experience, but as we learn to cope and manage with our child’s condition, we can also come to realize that we have much to be thankful for, particularly [...]

YouTube Video from Autism Father Going Viral

Known for being fierce advocates, parents of children with autism have done an excellent job in recent years at tapping into social media to make their voices heard. And as the prominence and influence of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube continue to grow, these sites have become a powerful tool for parents to advocate and be [...]

Homeschooling Options for Children with Autism

Many parents of children on the autism spectrum are unable to find a successful place for them in the school system. Often, teachers and staff have little or no training in autism and treat our children’s symptoms as disciplinary problems rather than manifestations of sensory overload and anxiety. We may grow tired of being afraid [...]

Church Inclusion Increases for Autism Families

Many autism families would like to be able to attend church, but have given up on that possibility due to the obvious stress and strain of their child having to sit still for an hour (or more) or properly behave in a children’s ministry. Missing not only the worship aspect, but the support of a [...]

Autism Conference to Bring Hope and Help to Families

Beginning Wednesday, May, 25, 2011, the AutismOne/Generation Rescue Conference will begin at The Westin Hotel in the Chicago suburb of Lombard. The five-day event concludes on Sunday, May 29 and will contain a vast amount of information and resources, as well as give parents and caregivers the opportunity to reach out to each other and [...]

Fathers Hard Hit by Autism

A groundbreaking University of Wisconsin-Madison study reveals some hard truths about the toll autism takes on fathers. According to the researchers: * More than 30 percent of fathers of grown children with autism experience symptoms of depression so severe that they warrant clinical attention. * Fathers of adolescents and young adults with autism experience high [...]

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 [...]

 
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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
  • * 1.7 million Americans have some form of autism
  • * 4 out of 5 autistic children are boys

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