In Oregon, a Lawsuit Aimed at Supporting Disabled Students

A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND lawsuit charging that the state of Oregon has failed to provide full school days to students with mental, emotional and behavioral disabilities could create a model for other states to stop the practice of shortening school days. The class action lawsuit – filed Jan. 22 in U.S. district court by Disability Rights Oregon and other groups – says Oregon violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act by Read More

Early Screening is Vital to Children and their Families

How a child plays, learns, speaks, moves, and behaves all offer important clues about a child’s development. A delay in any of these developmental milestones could be a sign of developmental challenges, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Early intervention services, like those services that help a child learn to speak, walk, or interact with others, can really make a difference and enhance a child’s learning and development. Unfortunately, too many Read More

CrossFit Helped Us Face Our Son’s Autism Diagnosis

Annie, my wife, agrees. And if you knew Annie, she doesn’t overstate anything. Don’t get me wrong, we had a lot of awesome things happen personally (I taught my daughter how to ride a bike… on Father’s Day!) and professionally (my second book came out), but the last year has been tough. Honestly, we’ve sort of been reeling since Sept. 18, 2012. That’s the day we learned that our son Griffin might be on the Read More

New Autism Spectrum Australia report shows teens on spectrum struggle at school (VIDEO)

The first ever study to ask high functioning teenage autism sufferers about their own experience with their disability has found less than half the students had good friends. The study found more than half the students needed support for bullying and discrimination and that two thirds felt lonely and needed help managing stress. Three in four said they needed more help understanding teachers in the classroom and managing their homework and concentration. Autism Spectrum Australia Read More

Helping Adults With Autism Find Meaning: Roses for Autism

There are countless great causes out there, but there is one in particular that has touched my heart, for personal reasons: Roses for Autism. As the father of a teenage son with autism, I worry a great deal about his future as an adult and how my wife and I can help him be as independent as possible. Roses for Autism was introduced to me a few years ago by a friend who knew about Read More

Autism Risk May Be Raised for Children When Labor Induced

Boys born to mothers who needed their doctor to start or help along the birth may have a higher risk of autism, a study found. Boys whose mothers had labors that were induced, which stimulates the uterus to bring on contractions, or augmented, which increases the strength, duration and frequency of contractions, had a 35 percent greater risk of autism then children whose mothers didn’t need those procedures to help the births, according to research Read More

Studying movement and learning in autism

Elizabeth Torres, a computational neuroscientist at Rutgers University, thinks many experts are making a mistake when they focus only on what’s malfunctioning in the brains of people with autism. She sees autism as a condition of the whole body in which information from all sorts of sensory channels – movement, touch, pain, vision, temperature – is not reaching the brain properly while messages from the brain that tell the body what to do also are Read More

Autism May Be Caused By Maternal Antibodies that Target the Fetus

Today’s Autism epidemic shows that as many as one in 88 children will be diagnosed with having an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), according to Psychology Today. Furthermore, it has been established that autism and ASD are caused by alterations that occur during brain development. A new study at the University of California, Davis’ MIND Institute has identified a maternal autoantibody that acts on the fetus and can begin medical problems that can ultimately cause the Read More

Working to Combat the Stigma of Autism

Autism, or the fear of it, chased one Korean mother from her Queens church. “I very carefully told the mom: ‘I think your child is a little different. Why don’t you take the test for autism?’ ” said the Rev. Joy Lee of the Korean Presbyterian Church in Flushing. “She told me, ‘Oh no, my child will be O.K.’ So then she quit. After that, she did not pick up the phone.” It crushed another Read More

How high-tech jobs could solve the autism unemployment crisis

Since getting his first Game Boy at five years old, Aaron Winston knew he wanted to work in the gaming industry. But as he got older, the prospect seemed less and less likely: Winston, who is autistic, enrolled in community college but never made it to his first day of classes. “The social environment scared me off,” he told The Verge. “I was too nervous.” Three years later, however, Winston is thriving as a staff Read More