Autism in the News – Wednesday, 06.02.10
Autism test maker secures $9m (Boston.com)
SynapDx Corp., a new Waltham company that aims to develop tests for the early detection of autism, yesterday announced the completion of a $9 million round of financing. Read more.
Living With Autism: When Our Kids Become Adults (Huffington Post)
As Neal celebrates his 16th birthday, I am met with the realities of parenting a child with severe autism. Neal will always need me to care for him. Read more.
Local autistic teen a virtuoso on the piano (Spring, Texas)
When you hear autistic, you may think about what a child cannot do. But an amazing musician at Klein Collins High School in Spring will change your mind. He’s a special needs student who can play nearly any song flawlessly. Read more.
Autistic kids abused in Pa. classroom to get $5M (Allentown, Penn.)
The families of seven autistic students who were abused by their teacher in a northeastern Pennsylvania classroom have agreed to a $5 million settlement of their federal lawsuit. Read more.
Police ask for help in solving stabbing of 20-year-old (Canada)
Police asked for the public’s help yesterday in the investigation of 20-year-old James Lucas McLaughlin’s stabbing death last fall, but released scant details. Read more.
Highland Park Piano Teacher Convicted Of Child Endangerment (Highland Park, N.J.)
A Highland Park man was convicted Tuesday of endangering the welfare of a 9-year-old girl, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced. Read more.
BSU sorority Alpha Xi Delta (Boise, Idaho)
Unlike fraternities, sororities at Boise State have formal recruitment. During the first two to three weeks of each year’s fall semester, women who want to join a sorority will attend a series of events to determine if they want to become a part of sorority life. Read more.
Trained parents help autistic children (Chicago, Ill.)
Autistic children whose parents received special training showed significant improvement in verbal and social functioning, U.S. researchers said. Read more.
Bullies target special needs students (Mass.)
Recent tragedies in Western Massachusetts have reminded us all that bullying can have heartbreaking consequences for students in our schools. For parents of special needs students, the threat of bullying is a particularly urgent concern. Unfortunately, these children are more likely to be bullied than their typically developing peers because they are different and because they are less likely to have the skills they need to seek assistance and avoid bullying. Read more.
Wine dinner at Estero’s Grillroom to benefit autism (Estero, Fla.)
The Grill Room Chophouse and Wine Bar at Coconut Point in Estero will host a wine dinner, complete with hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and raffles to benefit Eden Autism Services Florida and the Southwest Florida chapter of Autism Speaks on June 24. Read more.