Autism in the News – 06.08.11
Autism Prevalence: Are More Children Really Developing ASD Now Than Before? (The Huffington Post)
The collective gasp you heard coming from the autism community last month was a response to the American Journal of Psychiatry‘s publication of a study of autism prevalence in South Korea. The study, which focused on the Ilsan district of Goyang City, South Korea, found an autism rate of 2.64 percent among 7- to 12-year-olds. That is more than two and a half times the U.S. rate of approximately 1 percent. Read more.
Autism Experts Urge Reform of U.S. Chemicals Law (Washington, D.C.)
Environmental health and autism experts Tuesday called for reform of the outdated U.S. law regulating chemicals, the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. Read more.
Junior honored for autism volunteer work (South Abington Township, Penn.)
The Parents Loving Children Through Autism (PLCTA) took notice of the work of Abington Heights High School junior Marquis Ivey during its Acknowledgement and Appreciation Dinner. Read more.
The campaigner bringing people with autism to the policy table (UK)
Ari Ne’eman wants less focus on trying to make autistic people ‘normal’ and more on including them in the conversation about the disorder. Read more.
Autistic son finds peace on the waves (Malibu, Calif.)
There’s something incredibly calming about hearing the sounds of ocean waves crashing on the shore. Early Saturday morning, I was on the beach in Malibu, watching a group of locals surfing and riding the waves on a cold and cloudy day. Read more.