Autism in the News – 08.26.11
Indians’ Howard gives back in honor of autistic brother (Cleveland, Ohio)
Dillon Howard’s mother had a question for her 19-year-old son soon after he signed a contract with the Cleveland Indians that included a $1.85 million bonus: What did he plan to do with his windfall? Read more.
Local Autism Advocate (Lynnfield Patch)
Note: The following is an op-ed piece from the office of State Senator Katherine Clark: This session I have been fortunate for the opportunity to work with a high school student from Melrose who has been a dedicated advocate on issues affecting the Autism community in Massachusetts and around the country. Lydia Brown, who just graduated from high school this spring, has used her personal experience to serve as an effective leader on legislation in the Massachusetts State House. Read more.
Oporto University developing computer game for autistic children (Portugal)
Researchers at Oporto University have teamed up with the University of Texas at Austin, USA, to develop a computer game aimed at helping autistic children learn facial expressions and emotions to help them relate better to the people around them. Read more.
Claire Danes turns in award-winning performance as autistic achiever(Inquirer)
There have been many movies on autism. The ones that immediately come to mind are “I Am Sam,” starring Sean Penn, and “Rain Man,” with Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. Penn’s character tries to lead a normal life with a 7-year-old daughter, while Cruise is forced to establish a close relationship with his autistic brother, played by Hoffman. Read more.
Home for autistic teens wins legal challenge to stay open (UK)
A home for four teenagers with severe autism in Sherfield-on-Loddon that residents, parish and borough councillors wanted to shut down is staying open after a successful appeal to the Government. Read more.