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Autism in the News – 02.17.12

February 17, 2012 2 comments

Brain scans in infants shed light on autism onset (CNN)
New research provides evidence that wiring in the brains of children with autism differs from typically developing children as early as six months of age, according to a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry on Friday. Read more. 

Doctors “fire” patients who refuse vaccines for their children: Ethical? (CBS)
Won’t get your kid vaccinated? You’re fired. That’s the extreme step some pediatricians are taking when it comes to dealing with parents who won’t get their children vaccinated over concerns the injections cause autism or other side effects. Read more.

Playground crusader (Garland, Texas)
A 10-year-old Garland, Texas girl wants her city to make city playgrounds more accessible to students with disabilities. She took her fight to the city council. Read more. 

Father-Son Venture (Harvard Magazine)
In the 12 years that Tom Fields-Meyer ’84 spent writing human-interest stories for People magazine, never did he consider writing about his own family. Only on the eve of his departure from People in 2007, when his editor approached him on the subject, did he think of writing that personal story. Read more.

Special Ed Teacher Hadn’t Completed Required Credentials Upon Hire (Redwood City Patch)
The school board waived the specific credential requirements to allow Alexia Bogdis to teach special education while she was working toward certification. Read more. 

Autism Speaks’ daily blog “Autism in the News” is a mix of top news stories of the day. Autism Speaks does not vet the stories and the views contained therein do not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks beliefs or point of view.

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Autism in the News – 02.15.12

February 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Lindt Announces 2012 Autism Speaks Partnership Program (Stratham, N.H.)
Premium Swiss chocolatier, Lindt, announces today it is once again partnering with Autism Speaks to raise funds and awareness for autism during the Easter season. Lindt will support the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization through donations from sales of the iconic Lindt GOLD BUNNY. Read more. 

Eugene Hoskins Is His Name (Slate)
“Eugene Hoskins is his name. He lives at Oxford, Miss., a University place of about three thousand people. He is well known about town for his eccentricities.” Thus begins the 1920 account of a 24-year-old black man whose constellation of neuropsychological symptoms—that is to say, his “eccentricities”—are now immediately recognizable as those of an autistic savant. Read more.

Three of Five CCC Spring Autism Talks at Blackwood Campus (Gloucester Township Patch)
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that an average of one in 110 children in the United States has an ASD. Read more.

Els launches another benefit for autism (Los Angeles, Calif.)
World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els announced that registration is now open for the Els for Autism Golf Challenge, the largest international charity-driven amateur golf tournament in history. Read more. 

Autism Speaks Informs and Prepares Walkers for April 21 Rose Bowl Fundraiser Event (Chatsworth Patch)
About 300 autism supporters and families affected by autism attended the Kick Off to this year’s 10th Anniversary Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the UCLA locker room of the Pasadena Rose Bowl located at 1001 Rose Bowl Drive in Pasadena. Read more. 

Autism Speaks’ daily blog “Autism in the News” is a mix of top news stories of the day. Autism Speaks does not vet the stories and the views contained therein do not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks beliefs or point of view.

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Autism in the News – 02.14.12

February 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Autistic Danvers Boy Denied Skating Lessons, Policy Changes (Danvers Patch)
A six-year-old Danvers resident with autism was denied group skating lessons in Peabody if his parents or therapist had to be present. Read more. 

Parents push autism bill ‘clean-up’ (Charleston, W. Va.)
Wally Aman drove from Wheeling to the state Capitol Monday to deliver a message to state lawmakers: Autistic children across West Virginia are missing out on important treatment services because of a last-minute change to the state’s new autism insurance law last year. Read more. 

From the comments: Should police receive training on autism? (M Live)
Watching police struggle with, Taser and arrest her son was terrifying for Susan Maxson. Her worst fear came true right before her eyes. Read more.

New apps help autistic children (The Daily Beacon)
While many people use smartphone applications every day for everything from simply flash games to making credit card purchases, Dr. David F. Cihak is using them to help educate children with autism. Read more. 

Florida Asperger teen missing since Sunday (Seminole County, Fla.)
A 17-year-0ld teen with Asperger, a higher functioning form of autism, has been missing for nearly 48 hours. The Seminole County teen, Brandon Lassonde, went to the local library around 4 pm on Sunday, but never returned. His family says he’s disappeared before, but never has he been gone this long. The Seminole County Sheriff’s office is asking the public to help in finding Brandon. Read more.

Autism Speaks’ daily blog “Autism in the News” is a mix of top news stories of the day. Autism Speaks does not vet the stories and the views contained therein do not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks beliefs or point of view.

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Autism in the News – 02.13.12

February 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Autism therapy apps balloon, but therapeutic benefits remain to be proved (TechWorld)
With one honk, the course of Shannon Des Roches Rosa’s day abruptly changed. “It’s my son,” Rosa announced, as she quickly removed the microphone pinned to her shirt. “I’ve gotta run,” she said, as she hurried out the door of her sprawling home. Her 11-year-old son, Leo, just home from school, must be met at the bus at the top of the driveway before coming indoors. Read more.

W.Va. autism advocates to visit Legislature (Charleston, W. Va.)
Family members and advocates of West Virginia children with autism plan to gather at the Legislature to press lawmakers to back a proposed fix for the state’s autism-coverage law. Read more.

Doctor’s son inspires new autism facility (Daily Record)
Dr. Paul Abend knows the difficulties faced by parents of autistic children. The father of a 13-year-old autistic son, he has experienced the lack of services firsthand. Read more.

Dave Rice Foundation fights autism (The Rebel Yell)
Men’s basketball coach Dave Rice and his wife Mindy announced the start of the Dave Rice Foundation on Feb. 9. The foundation is a non-profit organization established to provide support and education for families affected by autism, as well as other developmental disorders. Read more.

Lynn schools’ autism program rates kudos (Lynn, Mass.)
In Keri Lynch’s Pre-K class at the Shoemaker Elementary School kids play, laugh and occasionally refuse to do what their teacher asks just like any other class. But how they learn is vastly different. Read more.

Autism Speaks’ daily blog “Autism in the News” is a mix of top news stories of the day. Autism Speaks does not vet the stories and the views contained therein do not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks beliefs or point of view.

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Autism in the News – 02.10.12

February 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Autism experts to gather at USC symposium (PsychOrg.com)
USC faculty and community experts are slated to convene on March 9 at the USC Occupational Science Symposium to share research and perspectives on autism and autism spectrum disorders with an audience of university colleagues and students, health professionals and public advocates. Read more.

Gymnastics Host Autism Awareness Meet  (East Lansing, Mich.)
The Michigan State Gymnastics team will finish its three-meet home stance when it hosts Pittsburgh on Saturday (Feb. 11) at 7 p.m. The second annual Autism Awareness Meet will feature a demonstration of special needs gymnasts and an appearance by Olympic and World Champion gymnast Alicia Sacramone. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with autograph signing beginning at 5:30 and the presentation starting at 6:30 p.m. Read more.

Extremely Loud and Autism (Awards Daily)
No one seems really able of going near Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Now that the nominations have come out, and it got a surprise Best Picture nomination, it’s worth taking a closer look at the movie. Read more.

Oklahoma City teachers work to transition autistic students to regular classrooms (News OK)
A boy sat in his chair, coloring in different shades of blue. “Hey,” he said to no one in particular. “Hey. Hey.” Read more.

Organist with autism speaks through his music (St. Louis, Mo.)
David Kuhns has trouble finding words; he hesitates as he speaks. His attention span is short, his gaze drifts and he tends to wander away from the conversations of others after a few minutes. Read more.

Autism Speaks’ daily blog “Autism in the News” is a mix of top news stories of the day. Autism Speaks does not vet the stories and the views contained therein do not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks beliefs or point of view.

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Autism in the News – 02.09.12

February 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Former Autism Society director charged in $60K theft (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
The former executive director of the Autism Society of America’s Greater Georgia Chapter is charged with taking more than $60,000 from the organization, reports the Gwinnett Daily Post. Read more.

People with autism deserve better (Ireland)
I am extremely disappointed with the response of your paper to the calls for a retraction and apology regarding the wildly inaccurate article written by Dr Tony Humphreys (Feelgood). Read more.

Wellington Elementary staff raises awareness of autism (The News Connection)
Wellington Elementary staff enjoyed the hospitality of Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church’s mini-movie theatre on the Jan. 13 teacher workday. Nothing like movie theatre popcorn and a big screen showing of “Temple Grandin” to get the staff thinking about how they can modify and accommodate instruction for students with autism and Asperger’s syndrome. “Temple Grandin” is the true story of one woman, diagnosed with autism as a child, who persevered through the struggles and isolating challenges of autism at a time when it was still a relatively unknown developmental disorder. Read more.

A Wooden Robot That Teaches Autistic Kids To Recognize Emotions (Fast Co Design)
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) contend with a range of social and behavioral setbacks, including the challenge of identifying and expressing emotions. Build-A-Robot from Plan Toys was designed to help, with four interchangeable heads that can be used to teach kids to identify and express happiness, sadness, anger, and surprise. Read more.

Immigration saga ends poorly (Chilliwack Times)
A Chilliwack man whose daughter’s autism led to his family being refused entry to Canada has returned to India. Read more.

Autism Speaks’ daily blog “Autism in the News” is a mix of top news stories of the day. Autism Speaks does not vet the stories and the views contained therein do not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks beliefs or point of view.

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Autism in the News – 02.08.12

February 8, 2012 Leave a comment
2 more autism-friendly shows planned for Broadway (New York, N.Y.)
Two more autism-friendly performances of Broadway musicals will be offered this spring and fall following the success last year of the first showing of a Broadway show specially altered for those diagnosed with the disorder. Read more.
Autistic Boy Left on Bus (MyFoxNY)
Imagine you get a phone call that your first grader was left on the bus. That is exactly what happened to one mother in Carle Place, Long Island. The mother says a guardian angel was looking out for her son. Read more.
Gwinnett woman charged with stealing thousands from autism group (AJC)
A 47-year-old Lawrenceville woman who previously headed a statewide autism support group has been arrested and charged with stealing thousands of dollars from the organization, Channel 2 Action News reported. Read more.
Autism. What Are the Odds? (Huffington Post)
In 1990, 1 in 10,000 children was affected by autism. Today, it is 1 in every 110. That’s a 600 percent increase in just two decades! Read more.
Funeral services for Stephon Watts to be Saturday (Calumet City, Ind.)
Funeral services have been scheduled for Saturday for a 15-year-old boy whom police shot and killed in his Calumet City home last week. Read more.
Autism Speaks’ daily blog “Autism in the News” is a mix of top news stories of the day. Autism Speaks does not vet the stories and the views contained therein do not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks beliefs or point of view.
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Autism in the News – 02.07.12

February 7, 2012 Leave a comment

3-D technology helps autistic kids learn to read (Orlando Sentinel)
A menagerie of virtual 3-D animals that swim, eat bugs and fly are building crucial reading skills in autistic children at Audubon Park Elementary in Orlando. Read more.

Autism advocates give learning plan failing grade (Canada)
The provincial Education Department’s latest plan falls short when it comes to supporting autistic students, advocates of people with the developmental disorder say. Read more.

Editorial: Autism law requires remedy to meet original intention (Herald Dispatch)
West Virginia’s new law extending health care coverage to children with autism didn’t turn out exactly as billed, and advocates for that new coverage are now seeking a fix. Read more.

Local Artists Among Developmental Disabilities Institute Art Exhibit (Three Village Patch)
To commemorate 50 years of service, the Developmental Disabilities Institute will present an art gallery with work from people with autism and other developmental disabilities – including some from the Three Village community – on Thursday. Read more.

Birthday Parties Can Be a Real Zoo (Northbrook Patch)
My son’s birthday is coming soon. Which means we have been thinking a lot about birthday parties. Read more.

Autism Speaks’ daily blog “Autism in the News” is a mix of top news stories of the day. Autism Speaks does not vet the stories and the views contained therein do not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks beliefs or point of view.

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Autism in the News – 02.06.12

February 6, 2012 1 comment

Revised Autism Definition Too Important to Rush Into Print: View (Bloomberg)
When is a person just a little different, and when is his peculiarity a symptom of a disabling disorder? Read more.

Parents of autistic children hope to win coverage for care (Livingston Daily)
Justin and Amie Giersdorf’s plans for a second child were all but dashed in July when their son was diagnosed with autism — a disability they learned could cost them upward of $30,000 annually to have treated. Read more.

Autistic man struggles in Iowa’s mental health system (Des Moines Register)
Nobody in Iowa has a place for Jeff Paprocki. Since early October, Paprocki has been locked behind two sets of heavy wood and steel doors at a Des Moines hospital’s psychiatric ward. He hasn’t been outside a single time. He receives little therapy for his serious autism. He sees his family only every other Sunday, when they make the two-hour drive from Waterloo. Read more.

Autistic kids pad their knowledge (Gazette Times)
Debra Redpath’s students in the Communications classroom at Liberty Elementary School have a new tool to process everything from math facts to conversation skills: 13 iPads, one for each student. Read more.

Babies born with either parent over 35 ‘at autism risk’ (Deccan Herald)
Here’s an advice for young couples — make sure you don’t delay your progeny too much, for a study says that babies born with either parent over the age of 35 are a higher risk of suffering from autism. Read more.

Autism Speaks’ daily blog “Autism in the News” is a mix of top news stories of the day. Autism Speaks does not vet the stories and the views contained therein do not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks beliefs or point of view.

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Autism in the News – 02.03.12

February 3, 2012 1 comment

Older parents more likely to have an autistic child, study finds (Fox News)
Children born to a parent over age 35 are at greater risk for developing an autism spectrum disorder — but the risk is the same whether just one or both parents are older, according to a new study of Danish families. Read more.

Proposed Changes to Sharon Autism Program Concern Parents (Sharon Patch)
Fourteen Sharon families with autistic children say proposed changes to one program would lead to additional costs for services to students and staff. Read more.

Grand Valley State University seeks to help students with autism transition into the workforce (M Live)
For the thousands of students from throughout Michigan who have autism, transitioning from school to the workforce can be a challenge. Read more.

Painting designed in Braselton will be U.N. stamp (Barrow Journal)
The design is simple, but the intricate stories behind a piece of artwork created in Braselton include the heartbreaking and the uplifting. Read more.

Autism Speaks’ daily blog “Autism in the News” is a mix of top news stories of the day. Autism Speaks does not vet the stories and the views contained therein do not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks beliefs or point of view.
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