Posts Tagged ‘Autism in the News’

Autism in the News – 07.11.11

July 11, 2011 2 comments

Skating mom helps son with autism soar (USA Today)
“Fiend Club,” Lyra Stephens’ roller derby persona, is a dark, fierce competitor, circling the rink fighting for the Deadutantes in bouts all over the South. She’s the captain of the team, which is part of the only derby league in Montgomery, Ala., the River Region Rollergirls. Read more.

Police locate parents of possibly autistic boy left at hospital (The Miami Herald)
The mother of the autistic 10-year-old boy abandoned last week at Broward General Medical Center told a Broward judge on Saturday that she was “overwhelmed” and didn’t know what else to do. Read more.

Short Film by Autism Advocate Sheds Light on Condition (Autism Key)
Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting a number of different people within the autism community at the Autism Society’s 42nd annual conference in Orlando, Florida. We attended as exhibitors to introduce a new line of autism jewelry that will help benefit autism awareness, with a portion of proceeds going towards various autism-related programs and services. Read more.

Practical Tips About Autism (Glen Burnie Patch)
I do not know how people react when they learn they have a child with autism, but for Penny Reisler of Pasadena it was her second child that she loved and adored just as much as her first. Read more.

Miss. requires no special austism training for its teachers (Clarion Ledger)
Unlike most other children his age, 7-year-old Austin Carter can’t tell his dad about his day in school. Read more.

Autism in the News – 07.08.11

National Class Action Status Sought Against CIGNA in Philadelphia Over Denial of ABA Therapy For Autism (Philadelphia, Penn.)
A federal court in Philadelphia is reviewing a motion for class action in a lawsuit brought by the father of an autistic child against CIGNA Insurance over its policy of denying insurance coverage for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. Read more.

Glasses remove guessing from reading emotions (Montreal Gazette)
Airport security may see through your body, but new “social X-ray specs” peer right into your soul. Well, kind of. Read more.

Harry Potter And The Well Of Medical Research (Los Angeles Times)
Who knew the world of Harry Potter was such a rich source of material for medical researchers? For more than a decade, the phenomenally popular series has provided grist for studies on topics ranging from genetics to social cognition to autism. Read more.

Mommy blogger writes about family, autism (The Miami County Republic)
With 4,500 to 5,000 page views a month, stay-at-home-mom Rebecca Madrid-Burton’s blog may start bringing in some income for her family, but her reason for starting it was for her own well-being. Read more.

The Surf Report: bad weather, good waves (Ireland)
The SURF2HEAL Program is Ireland’s first surf camp for kids with autism. It’s a non-profit organization and was the brain child of GTown Surf School’s John Hynes and Alayne and Nollaig Hayes, whose son has autism. Read more.

Autism in the News- 07.07.11

Camp helps kids with autism have fun (The Manhattan Mercury)
At some point Wednesday morning, a girl decided she wanted to be a “cheetah” goat at the Flint Hills Summer Fun Camp. She took the cheetah print sheet, draped it over her body and got on all fours. After practicing her goat noises and crawling, she was ready for her close-up. Read more.

Autism: One family’s journey (Turn Again Times)
When her adopted 23-month-old child got off of the airplane that brought him from Russia, Elaine Hall was excited. She was about to start a life with her new son. But Elaine had no idea that she was about to take on a journey that would change her life and the lives of so many others. Read more.

Family fun for launch of Newham autism society branch (UK)
A host of events are planned for a fun day in Beckton this Saturday for families, friends and professionals who have been affected by autism and want to raise awareness while enjoying themselves in the sun. Read more.

Family in fight to get support for autistic son (Australia)
A family say they have been discriminated against by the State Government because their autistic son cannot access disability support services. Read more.

Popular autism therapy a bit closer to insurance coverage (The Seattle Times)
Two recent events come as good news for parents of children with autism — some of whom have struggled to pay for an expensive therapy not now covered by state-funded insurance plans. Read more.

Autism in the News – 07.06.11

Popular autism therapy a bit closer to insurance coverage (The Seattle Times)
Two recent events come as good news for parents of children with autism — some of whom have struggled to pay for an expensive therapy not now covered by state-funded insurance plans. Read more.

Accepting autism in my own child (Silver Spring, Md.)
Those of us in the autism community speak often of autism acceptance. While there is much emphasis on autism awareness, many of us feel that awareness matters little without the acceptance that hopefully follows. Read more.

Square Peg Kids: Helping Children with Autism Navigate Life’s Round Holes (Dundalk Patch)
Fresh from a 21-year career in broadcasting, Mary Beth Marsden turned to what she knew best to help families like hers troubleshoot the challenges of autism: video. Read more.

Minnesota Autism Center to Use Eagan Site for School (Eagan Patch)
The former Tesseract School building, located at 3800 Tessearact Place, was approved by the city council on Tuesday night for use by the Minnesota Autism Center as a school for autistic children in grades 4 to 12. Read more.

Building a More Inclusive Work Force (The New York Times)
In recent years, there has been a dramatic rise in the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (A.S.D.). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 730,000 people in the U.S. under age 21 have an A.S.D. It’s much harder to estimate the number of adults on the autism spectrum because only in recent decades has the condition been regularly diagnosed. Read more.

Autism in the News- 07.05.11

Autistic boy gets new therapy puppy (Chicago, Ill.)
A man brought an autistic boy a new therapy dog, after his first dog was stolen in Chicago, IL. Read more.

Autism Center of Green Bay opens (Green Bay, Wis.)
A project that its founder called “a huge risk, but a need so big” has become the Autism Center of Green Bay. The center, 1298 Velp Ave., Suite 1, opened June 15 to provide support and resources for parents of autistic children, and for the children themselves. Read more.

B.C.’s only autism school holds its first graduation (The Vancouver Sun)
B.C.’s only school for autistic students celebrated its first graduation last week. PALS Autism School marked the accomplishments of two students: Karl James and Danielle Kahut, pictured here with Andrea Kasunic, head of the school. Read more.

A fashionable fight against autism (Abbotsford Times)
Abbotsford’s Natasha Singh, 24, has just graduated with a degree in fashion and design, but she’s looking way beyond that with her newfound mission of helping kids be kids. Her Cotton Kids clothing line is not just ordinary playwear for youngsters. It’s specially designed and sewn for children with sensory disorders, whose skin is so sensitive even the inside seams of a T-shirt could become annoying and create a rash, or worse. Read more.

Local Divas Strut Their Stuff to Benefit Autism Awareness at High Heel Hike (Sarasota Patch)
Jules Burt embodies the essence of what it is to be a diva: The clothes, the shoes, the makeup, the accessories, the glamour and, of course, the attitude. However, the characteristic that makes Burt outshine even the brightest of diamonds is her enormous heart. Read more.

Autism in the News – 07.01.11

For Some With Autism, Jobs to Match Their Talents (The New York Times)
Steen B. Iversen tests mobile phones for the Danish telecommunications firm TDC. Before landing his job two and a half years ago, Iversen, 50, who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, spent more than 12 years looking for work. “It’s always been somewhat traumatizing,” he said. “I have had jobs, but I always got fired. People would laugh about me behind my back and laugh at me to my face. Those problems have more or less been a problem for me from childhood.” Read more.

Autistic teen killed by police following argument with mother (Largo, Fla.)
Police called out to a domestic disturbance Thursday say they were forced to shoot and kill an 18-year-old man armed with a knife shortly after entering the apartment he shared with his mother. Read more.

Parents “screaming out for help” (Australia)
Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses are increasing by about 15 per cent a year, but funding is not keeping pace, Autism SA says. Read more.

Should children with special needs be taught in a mainstream class? (Australia)
All students, irrespective of their disability, should be educated in mainstream schools. That’s what inclusive education, an alleged aspiration and requirement of state and federal governments for 40 years or so, means. Read more.

iPad helps SA autistic kids (South Africa)
Autistic children are finding the Apple iPad an aide to their learning and development, an educator has said. Read more.

Autism in the News- 06.30.11

Chennai grad helps detect Autism (Silicon India)
A fresh graduate, just coming out from college, visited a local school in Chennai, and saw many children with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other disorders. He found that because of the varied needs the proper therapy was not possible. Seeing that, Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan,a graduate from Anna University, India, with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering and a group of medical professionals developed the ‘Automated Screening System for Developmental Disorders’. Read more.

St. Gerard House nearly finished (Blue Ridge Now)
Decked out in hues of blue, yellow and green, the new home for the St. Gerard House and Grotto and expansion for Immaculata Catholic School in Hendersonville is close to being finished. A week from this Friday, St. Gerard House, a nonprofit that offers treatment for autism and other disorders, will move into the new building, just a few doors down from its current location at 718 Oakland St. Read more.

Herschelman To Run In Autism Speaks 5K Race (The Journal News)
In April, Mikaela Herschelman, of Arnold, formerly of Raymond, ran her first 5K as part of the Illinois Marathon festivities in Champaign. Now the Lincolnwood alum is planning another race for a cause that is near and dear to her heart. Read more.

Adults on the Autism Spectrum Work on Software for InteractBooks and nonPareil Institute (PRWeb)
A new partnership between nonPareil Institute and InteractBooks™ will produce interactive children’s e-books with the help of young adults with autism spectrum disorder who have the unique ability of designing animation, layout and sound for apps and computer games. Read more.

Serve-A-Thon helps autism (Minuteman News Center)
The Fairfield Warde boy’s tennis team recently took part in their 2nd Annual Serve – A – Thon to benefit Autism Speaks. Jake Blumenfeld, senior Co – Captain of the Varsity and Johnny Blumenfeld a member of the JV team were the catalysts behind the event. Read more.


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