Autism in the News – Tuesday, 04.06.10
New Survey Finds Grandparents Play Key Role in Lives of Children with Autism (Newswise)
Today, the Interactive Autism Network (IAN), www.ianproject.org, the nation’s largest online autism research project, announces results of the Grandparents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Survey, finding that nearly one-third of grandparents who participated were the first to raise concerns about their grandchild’s development. Read more.
Uncommon eye injury in autistic children has common cause (Philadelphia, Penn.)
The presence of metallic foreign bodies in the eye is an uncommon injury in children, so much so that two children with autism presenting with this injury led to detective work by two physicians that found the common cause. An article published in the current issue of the Journal of AAPOS, the Official Publication of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, documents how a physician from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Bnei-Zion Medical Center, Haifa, Israel; and another from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), Cincinnati, OH, discovered that therapeutic swings, commonly used for patients with autism-spectrum disorders, were shedding metallic particles directly into the eyes of the children. Read more.
Late-In-Life Pregnancy and Autism (Huffington Post)
Hot on the heels of last month’s fertility scaremongering about ovarian reserve came a new scare for women planning to start late-in-life families, this one about autism. Once again, reporting on it ignored essential facts and skewed the takeaway. Read more.
Autism insurance advocates look to 2011 (Richmond, Va.)
Parents of autistic children must wait until next year to see if Virginia will require health insurers to cover treatment for their youngsters. Read more.
Trial in Mass. fatal school stabbing to begin (Boston, Mass.)
The trial of a teenager charged with fatally stabbing another student in a Massachusetts high school is getting under way. Read more.
Disability services escape Georgia budget cuts (Milton, Ga.)
With the state legislature struggling to fix massive holes in the state budget, there are few sacred cows. Everything from education to government services is on the chopping block. Except one – funding for disability services. Read more.
Care Giver Arrested After Taking Off With Autistic Man (Amherst, N.Y.)
Amherst Police are interviewing care giver Michael Donnelly to find out where he took an autistic man overnight. They also want to know how three men ended up driving a company owned van. Finally, how did Donnelly and the man in his care end up at a Buffalo church Monday morning. Read more.
Autism Is Another Thing That Families Share (NYT.com)
Normally, when you reach the end of a documentary and say to yourself, “I’m not sure which character that film was about,” it’s a bad thing, a sign of unclear writing and poor execution. But in the case of “Dad’s in Heaven With Nixon,” Tuesday night on Showtime, it’s a testament to how rich this bittersweet tale is. Read more.