Autism in the News – 11.15.11
Allstate “Quotes for Autism Speaks” Aims to Raise $500,000 (Northbrook, Ill.)
According to autism statistics from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated one in 110 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with autism – a 600 percent increase in the past two decades. To help address this trend and support autism research and advocacy efforts, Allstate Insurance Company (NYSE: ALL) today announced the launch of the “Quotes for Autism Speaks” program. As part of the program, Allstate will donate $10 to Autism Speaks for every insurance quote that is completed between November 14 and December 14, 2011, with the goal of raising $500,000 for the cause. Read more.
Autistic children given a voice, thanks to iPads (Pocatello, Idaho)
Ryder McBride sat anxiously squeezing an empty 2-liter pop bottle as family and a few strangers filled his family’s living room Wednesday morning. Read more.
Solid Evidence That Autism Starts Before Birth (Care2)
Whether autism begins while a child is still developing in a mother’s womb, or whether something happens after a child is born that causes the neurodevelopment disorder, has been the subject of much debate. A recently published article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) lends further weight to autism starting before a child is born. Read more.
Autism and romance mix in live-via-Internet ‘On the Spectrum’ (Los Angeles Times)
“On the Spectrum,” a new play by veteran Los Angeles screenwriter Ken LaZebnik, will achieve two rarities for a live drama during its premiere run through Nov. 27 at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis. It is a love story about two young people with autism, and its Nov. 22 performance, at 5 p.m. PST, will be accessible worldwide to anyone with a computer, streamed in live video over the Internet. Read more.
ROHS Student Creates Calendar to Benefit Autism Organizations (Royal Oak Patch)
Senior Dylan Yates, a Royal Oak High School student with autism spectrum disorder, has created a calendar that blends his enthusiasm for holidays and dinosaurs into a fundraiser for local autism groups. Read more.