Autism in the News – 09.30.10
New center to support children with autism (The Chestnut Hill Local)
Soccer team, art class, drama club – throughout September, parents sign up children for interesting and enjoyable extra-curricular activities. Children with autism spectrum disorders, however, are often unable to participate in these activities because of behavioral and communication challenges that accompany their condition. Read more.
Film Takes Autism on the Road (The University of Vermont)
No one is going to mistake Wretches and Jabberers for Easy Rider. Yet the new documentary from director Gerardine Wurzburg could arguably be filed under “road movies” together with the iconic sixties film. Read more.
Barn at Spring Brook helps special needs kids experience life down on the farm (Pocopson Township, Penn.)
Ask Mary Beth Drobish if she’s ever seen the results of the animal therapy she provides at her Pocopson farm firsthand and her eyes immediately get moist. Read more.
Distraught parents of disabled children warn of desperate fight for help (Australia)
Complaints about the state’s disability services and the multitude of non-government organization it funds are ignored, leaving people vulnerable to abuse and neglect, a parliamentary inquiry has heard. Read more.
Program enables adoption of disabled foster kids (Miami Herald)
When S.M. became a foster child four years ago, she didn’t speak a word. At age 7, S.M., who suffers from mental retardation, had just been removed from her birth parents, who had neglected her. Caring for the little girl was going to cost money, and lots of it. Read more.