Autism in News – Tuesday, 06.08.10
School moves away from ‘coding’ kids (Canada)
Tonya Roberts can’t take her children to the park, because one of her two autistic sons might run away. Toilet training was a nightmare. Seven-year-old Gabriel would lash out when someone got too close. At five, Layne refused to put his clothes on and still refuses to wear socks. Read more.
Student dies after choking on hot dog (Clermont, Fla.)
A 14-year-old East Ridge Middle School student died Friday after choking on a hot dog at lunch. Colton Robert Rhines was pronounced dead at South Lake Hospital after rescue attempts at the school by officials, EMS workers and Lake County Sheriff’s deputies, according to the sheriff’s office. Read more.
Prince’s Trust youngsters praised for creating oasis for autistic people (England)
Young offenders are transforming a rooftop garden into an “oasis” for autistic people. The 16 to 25-year-olds are working for two weeks at the St Marks Day Service in Millais Road, Bush Hill Park, which provides day care for people with autism or learning difficulties. Read more.
Victor arrest shows hurdles for students with autism (Victor, N.Y.)
Jarred Crawford has been feeling upset and angry recently, but he’s not sure why. The 19-year-old, who has autism and developmental disabilities, is facing resisting arrest and disorderly conduct charges for allegedly trying to hit an Ontario County sheriff’s deputy at Victor High School on April 7. But Crawford’s mother, Jamie Britt, said his emotions aren’t directly related to those legal troubles. Read more.
Colorado mental-health counselor charged with murdering infant son (Superior, Colo.)
It took three attempts over nearly 12 hours for Stephanie Rochester to smother the infant son she feared was autistic, according to an arrest affidavit unsealed Monday. Read more.
Off-the-shelf technology helping disabled students (Lunenberg, Canada)
Early in 2009 the South Shore Regional School Board’s (SSRSB) Assistive Technology (AT) Centre introduced the iPod touch to their programming as a method of providing engaging and portable opportunities of inclusion to students with disabilities who live in the area. Read more.
Charter school eyed for area autistic children (Pensacola, Fla.)
A Pensacola group is hoping to open what would be only the fourth charter school in the state for autistic children. Read more.