Autism in the News – 04.14.11
Mass. mom admits withholding cancer meds from son (Lawrence, Mass.)
A Massachusetts woman charged with attempted murder for withholding cancer treatment from her autistic son testified Friday that she did not give him at least five months of chemotherapy medications because the side effects made him so sick she was afraid the treatments would kill him. Read more.
Autism Awareness Month: Benicia Students (Benicia Patch)
April is National Autism Awareness Month. It is estimated there are more than 500,000 children with autism in the United States. According to theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in every 110 or .9 percent of children have autism. For parents, that is a scary statistic. Read more.
Denmark scientist accused of stealing autism research money (Reuters)
A scientist in Denmark has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Atlanta for allegedly stealing $1 million in grant money that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had earmarked for autism research. Read more.
Couple allegedly imprisoned autistic boys (Vancouver, Wa.)
A Vancouver couple have been arrested for allegedly holding their two young autistic boys captive in a darkened, caged room. Read more.
Autistic Kids Learn To Survive, And Thrive, in College (NPR)
In many ways, Mark Heim is a typical senior at Colorado State University. He has the kind of smart humor you’d expect from someone who excels in computer science, engineering and math; his T-shirt reads, “Department of Redundancy Department.” Read more.