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Autism – 2.23.12

February 23, 2012 Leave a comment

All mental health disorders should get insurance coverage, not just autism, coalition says (Lansing, Mich.)
Legislation that would require insurers to cover autism treatments unfairly singles out one condition, says a coalition that wants coverage for all mental health issues. Read more.

‘Growing out of autism’ claim unfounded (Littlehampton Gazette)
Can some children simply “grow out” of autism? The Daily Mail certainly thinks so, and today reported that new research by a “prestigious American university” claims that “not only is this possible, it’s also common.” Read more.

Bill would require insurance coverage for autism (NECN)
The Alaska Senate has passed a bill requiring insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorders. Read more.

Sally Bercow: ‘My son has autism, and I’m very proud of him’ – video (UK)
Labour activist Sally Bercow talks to disability campaigner Nicola Clark about her eldest child Oliver, who’s autistic. She tells of how she found out about her son’s condition and how it has affected her life, and why she supports TreeHouse school in north London, Ambitious About Autism’s flagship project that educates autistic children. Read more. 

Manchin visits Autism Training Center (The Parthenon)
United States Senator Joe Manchin visited the Autism Training Center on Tuesday at Marshall University. The Autism Training Center at Marshall provides students who are underneath the autism spectrum with support in academic and social situations. It serves individuals at Marshall and at statewide level. 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 – 2.22.12

February 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Expression and Attention in Shriver Center Autism Research Studies (Disability Info)
Over the past month in our 4-part series “Getting Involved in Shriver Center Research,” a common theme has emerged — the notion of “giving back.”  For Joyce, the mother of a 16-year-old daughter with Asperger Syndrome (AS), giving back influenced her decision to enroll her daughter in “Express Yourself” (EY) and “Look Who’s Talking” (LWT), two studies on expression and attention in teens with AS and high functioning autism (HFA). In addition, the “Detection Study” and “Focus of Attention” are two more great studies that explore attention and autism in children and teens. Read more.

Autism Detection Is Delayed in Minorities (Psych Central)
A new study suggests the symptoms of autism in toddlers from a minority background are more significant than those noted in age-equivalent Caucasian children. Read more.

Autism Awareness art show to feature talent, provide resources (Iowa City, Iowa)
Lisa Burns’ son, Peyton, has hundreds of characteristics. He funny, he’s sweet. He’s silly, he’s naughty. “He’s all of these things, but the minute you say ‘autism,’ that’s all people see,” Burns says. Read more.

Parents of autistic children give the thumbs-up to new course (Halifax Courier)
Parents of children with autism were given a helping hand on an innovative new course in Calderdale. Read more. 

Police question brother in shooting of autistic boy, 14 (Chicago Sun-Times)
A 14-year-old boy was shot to death on the South Side Tuesday afternoon, and investigators were questioning one of his brothers, police said. 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 – 02.21.12

February 21, 2012 Leave a comment

A Life With Autism: Summit Hill Junior High Student Expresses Himself Through His Art (Frankfort Patch)
Last week, we wrote about Mokena teen Alex Joss, whose art was recently featured as part of a larger children’s show in Frankfort. The Joss family—Jay, Laurel, Alex, 13, and Tyler, 9—let us meet with Alex for a quick snapshot of their lives. Read more.

Autistic students deserve the best of education (Canada)
I read with interest the article published by the Times (Feb. 16), “Parents, educators frustrated. Little accountability when it comes to autism.” Read more.

Taking a puppy away from an autistic girl (MyNorthWest.com)
Faith Creighton of Silverdale, Washington has a lot to deal with. The eight-year-old girl has mild Cerebral Palsy, Autism, multiple life-threatening allergies, left ventricle hardening of her heart, reduced kidney function, and Familial Mediterranean Fever Syndrome. Read more. 

Teen falls to death down trash chute in Gold Coast (Red Eye Chicago)
A 16-year-old boy with autism and Down syndrome fell to his death down a trash chute at a Gold Coast highrise, authorities said this morning. Read more. 

Arundel folk gives voice to Worthing mum’s loving message (UK)
Arundel folk club organiser Chris Davis is helping to stage a special concert, with a mother’s song for her autistic son certain to be among the highlights. 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 – 02.17.12

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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