Autism in the News – 09.07.11
Despite Deficit, Enzi Supports Federal Spending On Autism (NPR)
Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) has been among the more outspoken members of Congress calling for major reductions in federal spending to reduce the budget deficit. Read more.
Animals helping kids with autism (Your News Now)
The CDC reports 1 in 110 children have some form of autism. One obstacle many people with the disorder face is difficulty making emotional connections, but when animals are introduced something seems to click. Read more.
US researchers’ discovery promises answers on autism (Australia)
Researchers have for the first time identified two biologically different strains of autism in a major breakthrough being compared with the discovery of different forms of cancer in the 1960s. Read more.
Tom Fields-Meyer on Gumby, Otters, and Raising an Autistic Son (The Atlantic)
Long-time writer Tom Fields-Meyer is used to writing stories about families who have overcome some difficulties. For years, he wrote People magazine’s human interest features, the emotionally resonant pieces tucked behind the celebrity news. Today, with the release of Following Ezra: What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters, Autism, and Love From His Extraordinary Son, Fields-Meyer turns his focus on himself and his own family. I spoke with the author about his new book: Read more.
A Dancing Robot That Could Help the Autistic (Technology Review)
Products of the Japanese imagination have become American fads in the past–think Hello Kitty,Pokemon, or Tamigotchi. But in the case of My Keepon, which Toys “R” Us is betting might be the next Japanese toy invasion, the backstory is unlike any other. My Keepon–a simple, yellow, dancing robot–has beneath its unassuming exterior some sophisticated robotics. And it might just become an important tool in socializing children with autism. Read more.