Autism in the News – 09.22.11
$5 Million Payment to End Suits Over Death of 13-Year-Old Boy in State Care (Albany, N.Y.)
The State of New York has agreed to pay $5 million to settle two civil suits brought by the family of a boy with autism who died in state care, among the larger wrongful-death settlements ever paid by the state. Read more.
Azrieli Foundation Invests $1.8 Million in Programming for Adults with ASD and Developmental Disabilities (Canada)
At the Annual General Meeting of the Jewish Community Foundation on September 19, 2011, the Azrieli Foundation announced that it is donating $1.8 million to enhance the programming and services offered by the Miriam Foundation for adults with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Read more.
May Institute Supports Military Families in Need of Autism Services Through U.S. Government’s Combined Federal Campaign (Randolph, Mass.)
May Institute, a national nonprofit network of educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral health services for individuals with autism and other special needs, is among the selected beneficiaries of the U.S. Government’s 2011 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The CFC is the world’s largest workplace giving campaign that benefits thousands of nonprofit organizations. Read more.
Musical inspiration: Autism doesn’t stop Fenton High School junior from starring, assistant directing play (Fenton, Mich.)
On stage, Savannah Damoth is openly expressive. She smiles, talks loudly and sings with emotion. Read more.
YOUNG BONOBO SHOWS SIGNS OF AUTISM (Discovery News)
Teco isn’t acting like others his age. Constantly on the move, performing repetitious behaviors and avoiding eye contact, he puzzled his mother, who didn’t know how to handle him at first. Surely, this isn’t normal behavior for a year-old bonobo that should be learning the ins and outs of his ape social group. Read more.