Autism in the News – Tuesday, 05.25.10
Autism achievement is a first for Scotland (Scotland)
BANFF Primary has become the first mainstream school in Scotland to receive accreditation from the National Autistic Society. The school was presented with its accreditation last Friday by Stephen Pyott of the National Autistic Society.The school was presented with its accreditation last Friday by Stephen Pyott of the National Autistic Society. Read more.
Gender might have everything to do with autism, British researcher says (The Gazette)
By the tender age of 18 months, most toddlers point at things, follow the gaze of someone else, or engage in pretend play. Children who fail these three key indicators are the ones likely to be diagnosed with autism or its relative, Aspergers Syndrome, the high-functioning end of autism — and the spectrum is far more common in boys than in girls. Read more.
As Autism Web Sites Boom, Experts Urge Caution (HealthDay News)
When Connie Anderson’s son was diagnosed with autism a decade ago, she scoured the Internet looking for treatments. ”I tried all sorts of things I now consider bananas,” said Anderson, now community scientific liaison at Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Interactive Autism Network. “At the time it didn’t feel like nonsense. It was hope. People will try all sorts of things to help their child, sometimes even against their better judgment.” Read more.
Inspiration Awards honor three schools for student “inclusion” (Las Vegas, Nev.)
More than $8,000 was handed out to three Washoe County schools Monday evening, as part of the Inspiration Awards at the Sands Regency Hotel and Casino. Former First Lady Sandy Miller hosted the event, with a room full of teachers, parents and a few students looking on. Sunbelt Communications President and Autism Advocate Ralph Toddre was one of the speakers commending the schools on their achievements. Read more.
Communication at his fingertips: Group donates iPod Touch to help autistic child (Roanoke, Va.)
Nine-year-old Romeo Gaona of Roanoke faces a barrier when it comes to communicating. “He talks a little,” said Wayne Fridley, his grandfather. Those who don’t know Romeo well have difficulty understanding what he is saying. Read more.
Hanover organization Employment Horizons helps the disabled find meaningful work (Hanover, N.J.)
The question from the employee on the other end of the phone line was unique. “Barbara, I’m in the hospital. Do I still have my job?” recalled Barbara S. Brown, the administrator for a pediatric and adult ophthamology practice based in Cedar Knolls. Read more.