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Autism in the News – 02.02.12

February 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Pa. university program helps autistic students (Erie, Penn.)
Nick Pusateri drapes himself across a couch in a bunker-like room in the basement of his apartment building at Mercyhurst University in Erie. Read more.

Family: Boy, 15, shot to death after attacking police had autism disorder (Chicago, Ill.)
A 15-year-old boy who suffered from an autism disorder was shot and killed by police in his Calumet City home after he threatened officers and cut one of them with a knife, police and the boy’s family said. Read more.

‘I Heart Autism: The New York Miracle Book Tour’ (New York, N.Y.)
The Miracle Project, a theater arts program for children with autism, announces the “I Heart Autism: The New York Miracle Book Tour” kicks off with a fundraiser and book signing on Tuesday, February 7 at Barnes & Noble in New York City. Read more.

Sheringham teenager prepares for birthday skydive (UK)
A Sheringham teenager is set to celebrate her 16th birthday by throwing herself out of a plane for a good cause. Read more.

Cuts sought in schooling costs (UK)
County Hall is looking at ways of cutting the £10.8 million it spends educating children with special educational needs outside Leicestershire. 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 – 02.01.12

February 1, 2012 1 comment

Can My Kid Still Get Treatment? Why Autism’s Definition Matters (The Atlantic)
Everyone, now, has something to say about autism. While TV shows, such as Touch, portray autistic children as possessing superhuman powers, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is busy revising its definition of the disorder to focus on only the most affected individuals. Read more.

Making A Difference Using our Talents and Gifts (Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch)
Sometimes I sit down at my computer to write and the words just flow like water. My fingers fly effortlessly across the keyboard as my thoughts are given form. Read more.

Blue Shield, CDI Reach Settlement on Coverage of Autism Therapy (California Healthline)
On Tuesday, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones (D) announced a settlement with Blue Shield of California in which the insurer agreed to immediately cover specialized therapy for people with autism, the Los Angeles Times reports (Lifsher, Los Angeles Times, 2/1). Read more.

Why Do We Want Autistic Kids to Have Superpowers? (Discover Magazine)
Last week saw the debut of Touch, Kiefer Sutherland’s show about a father whose non-neurotypical son turns out to be able to predict future events. This comes on the heels of Alphas, which also gave us Gary, another person who appears to be on the autism spectrum but who has the ability to see hidden energies. And the notion of autistic people as savants or special fixers has been around forever. 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 – 01.31.12

January 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Virginia approves bill to provide insurance coverage for autistic children – again (Richmond, Va.)
The Virginia General Assembly has passed a bill — again — to provide insurance coverage for families with autistic children. Read more.

Changing The Autism Spectrum (Carbondale, Ill.)
Workers at a local center are applauding the decision to change what classifies as autism. The stricter criteria for diagnosing the disorder will likely mean fewer people are considered autistic. Read more.

Kids with Autism Drawn to Video Games (St. Louis, Mo.)
 A new study by Paul Shattuck, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, looks at how children with ASDs spend their “screen time.” Read more.

Autistic teenager attacked by robber in Northampton alleyway (UK)
The mother of a teenage boy robbed at knife-point in Northampton has said the ordeal has left the whole family frightened to leave the house. Read more.

2012 Colgate Women’s Hockey Promotes Autism Awareness Project (Hamilton, N.Y.)
The Colgate women’s hockey team will partner with Autism Speaks, ViewSonic and Goals for Good in its 2012 Autism Awareness Project. The Raiders will launch the 2012 project with their annual Light Up Starr Rink Blue event that will take place Feb. 3 in its ECAC Hockey matchup against Union at 7 p.m. 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 – 01.27.12

January 27, 2012 Leave a comment

NH school principal dives in river to rescue boy (Rochester, N.H.)
An elementary school principal in New Hampshire jumped into a frozen river to save a 10-year-old student who fell through the ice. Read more.

assembly passes set of mental health care bills (Sacramento, Calif.)
The state Assembly on Thursday passed a set of bills intended to broaden the mental health and health care services covered by private insurance plans. Read more.

7-year-old girl killed in fire (wymt tv)
A mother, her 19 and 7 year old daughters, and 2 month grandchild were in their home off Amos Baker road in the Sand Gap community when a fire broke out. Read more.

Health Insurance News (UK)
It could be possible to detect autism at a much earlier age than previously thought, according to a team of international researchers. Read more.

Angels, Duck, stars bowl for autism (Orange County Register)
The event, hosted by ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment) and the Eddie Guardado Foundation, will take place at Bowlmor Lanes, 2405 Park Avenue, Tustin, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 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 – 01.26.12

January 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Study finds early signs of autism in baby brains (FOX News)
Children who develop autism already show signs of different brain responses in their first year of life, scientists said on Thursday in a study that may in the future help doctors diagnose the disorder earlier. Read more.

9th annual Flutie Bowl (Wicked Local)
Richie La Montagne, a former U.S.B.F. Cruiser weight champion, chats with Doug Flutie (L to R) at the 9th annual Flutie Bowl on Monday, January 23. The event was held at Kings at Legacy Place to benefit the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism established by Doug Flutie and his wife Laurie to honor their son Doug, Jr. who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Read more.

Pounding the pavement calms runner with autism in Lake (Mount Dora, Fla.)
When Kyle Krekeler showed up at the Mount Dora Christian Home and Bible School track in July to join a local running group, trainer Vickie Steuben encountered a problem. Read more.

My son had autism. Then he didn’t. (Parenting.com)
I’m trying to hold him, but he’s squirming. The airport lounge is packed with people, and I can feel all eyes on me: the dad who cannot appease his toddler. Brandy sees me struggling, and comes up with a quick fix. She flips over the stroller. She places Jackson next to it. He begins to spin one of the wheels with his hand. He keeps spinning it. Over and over and over. He’s completely absorbed. I look at Brandy quizzically. She shrugs. Read more.

Millville autism support group Puzzle Peace Moms announces 2012 meetings (Millville, N.J.)
The only autism support group in the county announced meeting dates for 2012, held at the Mt. Pleasant Church social hall on 29 Pearl St. in Millville. 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 – 01.25.12

January 25, 2012 1 comment

‘Talking things through in their head’ may aid children with autism (Fox News)
Talking to yourself in your head may not be such a bizarre pastime.  It may actually be an important developmental tool. Read more.

Revision to DSM Manual Could Substantially Affect Autistic Individuals and Their Access to Services (Forbes)
The first substantial revision to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (D.S.M.) will be finalized by the end of 2012. Already, the revisions are 90 percent complete according to the task force that is revising the manual. It has been 17 years since the last big overhaul of the manual, and some are worried about how some disorders could be redefined. Read more.

Autistic teen swims his way to success at Fondy High (Wausau Daily Herald)
When Hunter Develice wanted to join the Fond du Lac High School swim team, his father was told that perhaps the family should consider Special Olympics instead. Read more.

Comprehensive $5 million autistic center to open in Howard Beach (Howard Beach, N.Y.)
A Queens group plans to transform a Howard Beach Chinese restaurant into a $5 million comprehensive center for autistic children and adults. Read more.

Women’s hockey launches 2012 Autism Awareness Project (Hamilton, N.Y.)
The Colgate women’s hockey team will kick off its second annual Autism Awareness Project during its home contest against Union on Feb. 3 at Starr Rink in Hamilton. 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 – 01.24.12

January 24, 2012 Leave a comment

It makes sense to redefine autism (CNN)
“Will my child still qualify for a diagnosis of autism?” This is the question on the minds of many parents with children who have autism. The short answer is: Most likely, yes. Read more.

Autistic boy beat up at the bus stop while peers watch and cheer; One posts video on Facebook  (The New York Daily News)
The horrified parents of an autistic sixth grader watched video of their son being pummeled by a peer after another student posted the disturbing footage on Facebook. Read more.

Study links autism, intestinal bacteria levels (Columbia Spectator)
Researchers at Columbia may be making strides toward understanding the neurological disorder of autism–starting with, of all places, the intestine, according to a recent study. Read more.

Families Wait Patiently for Autism Insurance Coverage (Leesburg Patch)
Last spring, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) signed into law a bill mandating that insurance companies help pay for the treatment of autistic children. Read more.

White Knuckle Parenting: Horrible Homework (Silver Spring Patch)
My youngest son started kindergarten in the fall of 2010. His two older brothers were already students at the local elementary school and before the school year ended in June of 2010, they were sent home with summer learning packets to complete over the summer. At the last PTA meeting of the year, I was the jerk parent who asked if there were packets for incoming kindergarteners. 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 – 01.23.12

January 23, 2012 1 comment

Autism: Finding a place to be “not even wrong” (Silver Spring, Md.)
My family is struggling a little right now. Jack, my autistic son, is having a hard time readjusting to the routine of school after the unstructured chaos of the holiday season. The social divide between him and his peers is widening at the same time that his autism-specific deficits are butting up against the third grade curriculum. Read more.

Living with no insurance coverage for autism (The Washington Post)
Many families in Virginia who expected insurance coverage have continued to pay out of pocket — if they can afford it — or forgo treatments they say could help their children. The General Assembly is taking another look at bills that could offer relief. Read more.

Autism awareness teaches more than just facts (Autism Support Network)
Autism awareness is everything. The difference between being unaware and awareness can be illustrated in looking at my son’s high school experiences and the journey he took toward social interaction. In reflecting on these emotionally charged years I realized something else…. there is enormous harm inherent in a school system that does not provide autism awareness to its general student population. Read more.

Fox’s ‘Touch’ stars Kiefer Sutherland as father of autistic child (Asbury Park Press)
Autism is front and center in a new TV series starring Kiefer Sutherland that will preview at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, on FOX. The series premiere of “Touch” is scheduled for Monday, March 19, in Sutherland’s old “24″ spot. I’m not sure what a preview is, unless it’s basically the pilot. Read more.

Perspective: Narrowing Autism Definition Will Cost More, Later (Common Health)
Ilyse Levine-Kanji is a school committee member in Westborough, Mass. and a former employment discrimination lawyer. Her son, Sam, has autism. As a school committee member, I recognize how costly services for autism are, and I understand the current urge to more narrowly define autism. As a parent of a child with autism, I also know that the costly supports my son Sam has received – from his school, through our insurance company, and from our own pocket – have helped him immeasurably. 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 – 01.20.12

January 20, 2012 1 comment

New Definition of Autism Will Exclude Many, Study Suggests (The New York Times)
Proposed changes in the definition of autism would sharply reduce the skyrocketing rate at which the disorder is diagnosed and might make it harder for many people who would no longer meet the criteria to get health, educational and social services, a new analysis suggests. Read more.

Kansas City girl with autism found safe (Kansas City, Kan.)
An autistic 15-year-old girl Kansas City girl who had been missing overnight has been found safe. Read more.

Autism Bill on the Fast Track in General Assembly (WHSV.com)
The General Assembly votes today on a bill that could mean better insurance for children with autism. The law passed last year, but got held up behind state rules. Today’s vote will be final passage. The legislation means that parents do not have to pay out of pocket for early treatment of autism. Read more.

Battling autism: Lawmaker wants to require insurance coverage (Layton, Utah)
Five-year-old Jaden Petersen focuses intently as he traces the dotted outlines of numerals on a piece of paper. Therapist David White sits next to him at a low table. Read more.

Autism Fundraiser For ‘Sensory Home Makeovers’ Set For Feb. 4 (West Hartford, Conn.)
A silent auction to raise money for “sensory home makeovers” to benefit children with autism and their families has been rescheduled for Feb. 4. 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 – 01.19.12

January 19, 2012 1 comment

Georgian Courts M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis Addresses Growing Need (Lakewood, N.J.)
Georgian Court Universitys new masters program in applied behavior analysis is succeeding in meeting the needs of students and families struggling with autism as well the school districts and other institutions that serve those with autism spectrum disorders. Read more.

Red Devils for Donegal Challenge (UK)
United legends joined Irish actor and Boyzone member Keith Duffy to officially launch the annual Big Red Bike Ride challenge which will visit Donegal later this year for some very deserving charities. Read more.

Attitudes towards disabled more negative in past five years – report (Ireland)
People in Ireland’s attitudes towards those with a disability have become more negative in the last five years, according to new research out today. The National Disability Authority has said that attitudes have changed since they carried out a similar survey in 2006 which aims to provide evidence on the attitudes to disability among men and women in Ireland. Over 1,000 people were interviewed. Read more.

Fix to autism measure heads to full House (Times Dispatch)
Children with autism could have treatments covered by insurance by the end of this year under a measure that a House of Delegates committee passed this morning. Read more.

Boxing in aid of Dubai Autism Center (Dubai)
American kickboxer Bob ‘The Beast’ Sapp and UAE’s only professional boxer ‘Arabian Warrior’ Eisa Al Dah will be the main drawcards at the Dubai International Boxing Championship (DIBC) to be staged next month. 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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