Autism in the News – 09.21.11
Company hires adults with autism to test software (Highland Park, Ill.)
The software testers at Aspiritech are a collection of characters. Katie Levin talks nonstop. Brian Tozzo hates driving. Jamie Specht is bothered by bright lights, vacuum cleaners and the feel of carpeting against her skin. Rider Hallenstein draws cartoons of himself as a DeLorean sports car. Rick Alexander finds it unnerving to sit near other people. Read more.
Coroner: Kennewick, Wash., woman killed son, self (Kennewick, Wash.)
The husband of a Washington woman who killed their son, then fatally shot herself in the head says she was worn out from caring for him because had had a rare form of autism. Read more.
Autistic High Schooler Suspended 10 Days for “Banana Man” Halftime Stunt (Business Insider)
This is it America, I’m completely washing my hands of you. You’ve finally pushed me too far with this latest stunt. Suspending a high school student 10 days for pulling off a harmless stunt at halftime of a football game is the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. Read more.
Missing autistic boy, 14, last seen near school (Canada)
Toronto police are seeking the public’s help in locating a missing autistic teen last seen near a North York junior high. Read more.
My autistic child: Putting Ezra first (The Los Angeles Times)
As the father of a teenage son with autism, I have coped with many challenges: finding the right school for a boy who can’t sit still and has trouble connecting with peers; managing medications to help tame his anxiety and other symptoms; learning to negotiate endless one-sided conversations about my son’s two obsessions — animated movies and animals. Read more.