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Non-verbal teen with autism gives graduation address at school

Non-verbal teen with autism gives graduation address at school | Autism | Scoop.it
A local teen with autism who spent most of his life not being able to express himself gave a school graduation address Thursday.

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AAC and high expectations go to graduation.

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Central Texas first responders receive Autism training - KVUE

Central Texas first responders receive Autism training - KVUE | Autism | Scoop.it
The growing number of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Austin area has first responders learning how to better interact with them so emergencies don't turn deadly.
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How Poetry Can Change The Way Children With Autism Learn

How Poetry Can Change The Way Children With Autism Learn | Autism | Scoop.it
As journalists, we dutifully report on what's going wrong, from scandals and corruption to natural disasters and social problems.
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RPM changes life of teen with autism

RPM changes life of teen with autism | Autism | Scoop.it
Staten Island, N.Y. — Nick D’yAmora, a 17-year-old with autism from Staten Island in New York, has been living most of his life unable to communicate.
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New Treatment Capitalizes on #Autism’s Characteristics

New Treatment Capitalizes on #Autism’s Characteristics | Autism | Scoop.it

A treatment method teaches affected children how to control their psychophysiology and behavior using computerized biofeedback and clinical hypnosis.

The methods are tied to learning to self-regulate the autonomic nervous system —including the fight or flight mechanism — that, for many people with autism, is an engine idling on high. 

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Neuroversity: a game that will help individuals with autism develop career skills

Neuroversity: a game that will help individuals with autism develop career skills | Autism | Scoop.it
Redmond, Wash. — A Microsoft employee came up with an idea of a game called ‘Neuroversity‘ that will help individuals with autism develop career skills necessary for them to find employment in the future.
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Autism in the workplace: 'Always thought you were a bit weird'

Autism in the workplace: 'Always thought you were a bit weird' | Autism | Scoop.it

Like many high-functioning people on the spectrum, I’ve worked out the alien codes of small talk and office politics over many years. I speak them as a foreign language, but it remains foreign and hard to keep going all the time. The hidden depleting effects of enforced social interaction take their toll.

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How Tiny Lab-Grown Human Brains Are Giving Big Insights Into Autism - Singularity HUB

How Tiny Lab-Grown Human Brains Are Giving Big Insights Into Autism - Singularity HUB | Autism | Scoop.it
First came lab-grown mini-hearts, then 3D printed skin. Now scientists have taken “body on a chip” to a whole new level with tiny lab-grown human brains.
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The lunchtime revolution at a school for children with autism

The lunchtime revolution at a school for children with autism | Autism | Scoop.it

School meals can be tricky. Now, thanks to a remarkable chef, one school for children with autism has changed mealtimes for the better.

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From the UK newspaper The Guardian. "...This is not merely another story of a school meals service revolutionised by the arrival of a trained chef, determined to prepare everything from scratch. It’s also about the vital therapeutic role good food can play in the lives of a community that needs it most. It is about the pleasures of the table that so many of us take for granted being extended to people for whom the commonplace is a struggle. And it’s about preparing vulnerable children for the realities of life beyond school ..."

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Spending On Community Living Hits Record

Spending On Community Living Hits Record | Autism | Scoop.it
For the first time ever, Medicaid is spending more on community-based services than on institutional care.
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" ... There was an uptick in home and community-based services spending for all of the populations served, the report found, though people with developmental disabilities were by far the most likely to be served in this manner."

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Researchers call for more effective nutritional strategies for individuals with ASD

Researchers call for more effective nutritional strategies for individuals with ASD | Autism | Scoop.it

Researchers examined the latest in scientific studies concerning the nutritional needs as well as the nutritional status of individuals dealing with ASD.

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Experimental drug treatment for Rett syndrome suggests disorder is reversible, mouse study shows - Claire Magazine

Experimental drug treatment for Rett syndrome suggests disorder is reversible, mouse study shows - Claire Magazine | Autism | Scoop.it
Astrikingly new approach for treating Rett syndrome has been developed by scientists, a devastating autism spectrum disorder.
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The next civil rights movement: Accepting adults with autism - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Tribune

The next civil rights movement: Accepting adults with autism - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Tribune | Autism | Scoop.it
Alanna Whitney was a weird kid. She had a strange knack for pronouncing long words. Anchovies on pizza could send her cowering under a table. Her ability to geek out on subjects like Greek mythology and world religions could be unsettling.
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Robot teaches autistic children how to read emotions, reduces pain in pediatric patients

Robot teaches autistic children how to read emotions, reduces pain in pediatric patients | Autism | Scoop.it
"Medi" the medical robot can walk, talk, dance and tell stories. It's breaking down barriers with autistic children who struggle socially. The robot demonstrates emotions and the child guesses the answer. It may help reduce pain in children as well.
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Dept of Transportation Issues Air Travel Guidance for Travellers With Developmental Disabilities

The guidelines clearly state that people with developmental disabilities including Autism are protected under the Air Carrier Access Act. 

This document was issued to help passengers with developmental disabilities understand their legal rights, as well as to provide information to them on how best to prepare for air travel in order to ensure a smooth and comfortable trip. It also gives airline employees and contractors information about the airlines’ legal responsibilities to accommodate passengers with developmental disabilities. The document does not expand airlines’ legal obligations or establish new requirements under the law. It contains information about existing requirements and suggested practices and procedures for airlines to use to appropriately interact with and respond to the needs of passengers with different types of developmental disabilities.

 

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This would be good to review before going to the airport, and perhaps taking along with you. This document was issued to help passengers with developmental disabilities understand their legal rights, as well as to provide information to them on how best to prepare for air travel in order to ensure a smooth and comfortable trip. It also gives airline employees and contractors information about the airlines’ legal responsibilities to accommodate passengers with developmental disabilities. The document does not expand airlines’ legal obligations or establish new requirements under the law. It contains information about existing requirements and suggested practices and procedures for airlines to use to appropriately interact with and respond to the needs of passengers with different types of developmental disabilities.

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First responders start drowning prevention and autism awareness in Arizona

First responders start drowning prevention and autism awareness in Arizona | Autism | Scoop.it
Tucson, Ariz. — First responders in South Arizona are starting a campaign to prevent drowning as well as to raise autism awareness in the region.
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Behind the cover story: working with autism (Video) - Houston Business Journal

Behind the cover story: working with autism (Video) - Houston Business Journal | Autism | Scoop.it

Around one and three Americans with disabilities never have a job or receive an education after high school, and with lawsuits on the rise nationwide, it's an issue that needs to be addressed.

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A terrific story about an amazing woman in Houston, a business owner and Autism activist. http://strengthadvocate.com/athletics-autism-amazing-story-amber-black/

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Autism Research: 7th August, 2015 Week in Review

Autism Research: 7th August, 2015 Week in Review | Autism | Scoop.it
Self-assessment for autism adults with repetitive behaviors developed Numerous questionnaires and studies assess various traits of autism like social awkwardness, etc.
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Jon Stewart raises $2.2 million for autism charity on his last show – w/video

Jon Stewart raises $2.2 million for autism charity on his last show – w/video | Autism | Scoop.it
New York — There could have been no better way for Jon Stewart to bid his final goodbye on his long-running satirical news program, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart“— than by raising $2.2 million for autism.

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New York Collaborates for Autism is a great group that truly focuses on helping families. Kudos to Stewart!
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Top story #autism and one of the good guys. 

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Class Action Challenges Aetna on Autism - Courthouse News Service

Aetna illegally caps policy benefits for Applied Behavioral Analysis treatments for autism, claims a federal class action suit.

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A New Frontier for Disabled Adults: Being An Entrepreneur

A New Frontier for Disabled Adults: Being An Entrepreneur | Autism | Scoop.it
“I’m sorry, we went with another candidate.” “I’m sorry, you just aren’t qualified.” These phrases are all too often heard by autistic adults following an interview, assuming they get an interview in the first place.
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Autism and Animals – What’s behind it?

Autism and Animals – What’s behind it? | Autism | Scoop.it

"Can interacting with animals  promote interaction between people with autism who might otherwise  not wish to engage with  those around them?  The evidence suggests yes."

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'Miniature Brains' Reveal An Outsized Secret About Autism

'Miniature Brains' Reveal An Outsized Secret About Autism | Autism | Scoop.it
Scientists hoping to uncover the origins of autism are using reprogrammed skin cells to rewind the clock to the brain's earliest days of development.
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New data implicate unusually long genes in Rett syndrome —

New data implicate unusually long genes in Rett syndrome — | Autism | Scoop.it
New data implicate unusually long genes in #RettSyndrome http://t.co/f5phrPqPrm via @SFARIautismnews #genetics #autism
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Love of music helps young girl with autism to defy doctors

Love of music helps young girl with autism to defy doctors | Autism | Scoop.it
Albany, Ind. — Ten-year-old Kassidy Royal was diagnosed with autism at age two. The doctors who attended to her told her parents, Dena and Rick, that she was low-functioning and that their best option would be to keep her in a group home.

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Has music therapies worked for your children with #autism?

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The Spectrum – Part 2 – Is Asperger`s `Mild` Autism?

The Spectrum – Part 2 – Is Asperger`s `Mild` Autism? | Autism | Scoop.it
The first article in this series looked at the concepts of mild and severe autism, and addressed how challenging autism can be for anybody, no matter where they are on the spectrum.
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