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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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Speech Disorder More Common In Kids With Autism, Study Finds

Speech Disorder More Common In Kids With Autism, Study Finds | Autism | Scoop.it

New research suggests that an otherwise rare speech disorder may affect nearly two-thirds of kids with autism.

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"The findings are significant, researchers said, because symptoms of autism and apraxia can both be improved with early intervention, but the techniques used to address the conditions are different, making accurate diagnosis critical."

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Advocates Press Congress To Address Wandering

Advocates Press Congress To Address Wandering | Autism | Scoop.it
Several disability advocacy groups are banding together to call for federal action to help prevent wandering among those with autism and other developmental disabilities.
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Since the beginning of this month alone, six children with autism have died after wandering from a safe setting in Florida, New Hampshire, Texas, California and Illinois.

AUTISM & WANDERING

- 49% of children with autism engage in wandering behaviors
- 35% attempt to wander at least once per week
- More than one third of children with autism who wander are never or rarely able to communicate their name, address, or phone number
- 29% of wandering happens from a classroom or school
- 53% of those who exhibited elopement behavior, went missing long enough to cause concern
- 42% of cases involving a child with autism 9 and younger end in death
- Accidental drowning accounts for approximately 90% of lethal outcomes

-Autism Safety Coalition


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What Swimming Can Do When You Have Asperger's

What Swimming Can Do When You Have Asperger's | Autism | Scoop.it
I’ve never been more proud of myself than I was two months ago. Though I’ve been swimming for a while and have been on the swim team since I started high school, I had never won a race.
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Heart of Texas Autism Network! NEWS TO USE AND SHARE!

Heart of Texas Autism Network! NEWS TO USE AND SHARE! | Autism | Scoop.it

www.hotan254.org -- News and information that's timely, relevant and eminently shareable. 

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The Emotional Moment D.L. Hughley Realized His Son With Asperger's Syndrome Would 'Be All Right'

The Emotional Moment D.L. Hughley Realized His Son With Asperger's Syndrome Would 'Be All Right' | Autism | Scoop.it
When we think of D.L. Hughley, we think of "The Hughleys" sitcom star and "The Original Kings of Comedy" funnyman who sold out arenas around the country with fellow comedians Steve
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" ...he did something he was afraid to do … I just didn't believe he could do it. He did it. And I held him and I said, 'You're gonna be all right.' And I think sometimes I don't know for sure, but he's gonna be fine. He'll be fine."

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Why "High Functioning" Autism Is So Challenging

Why "High Functioning" Autism Is So Challenging | Autism | Scoop.it
High functioning autism may sound like a mild disorder, but it can be extremely challenging. Find out why.
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ASD-Like Behaviors Linked to Prenatal Exposure to Fire Retardants, Phthalates

ASD-Like Behaviors Linked to Prenatal Exposure to Fire Retardants, Phthalates | Autism | Scoop.it
Young rats showed behaviors similar to those seen in children with autism spectrum disorder after being exposed to fire retardant chemicals—used in most furniture foam cushions—and phthalate chemicals, found on many plastic household objects.The two types of chemicals are known to impair hormonal processes, and past research has shown that prenatal exposure can affect mental and motor development. This study focused on the effect of the two chemicals simultaneously, as women are often exposed to both at the same time. Male rats were more affected than their female counterparts; in humans, boys are more likely to have the disorder than girls.
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Young Adults With Autism More Likely To Be Unemployed, Isolated - WFAE

Young Adults With Autism More Likely To Be Unemployed, Isolated - WFAE | Autism | Scoop.it
The transition to adulthood marks a big turning point in life for everyone, but for young people on the autism spectrum that transition can be really tough
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Co-occurrence of autism and asthma - Autism Dai...

Co-occurrence of autism and asthma - Autism Dai... | Autism | Scoop.it
“Asthma is approximately 35 % more common in autistic children; screening may be an efficient approach to reduce risk of morbidity due to asthma”.
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Our Differences are our Strengths: Neurodiversity in Theatre - Autism Daily Newscast

Our Differences are our Strengths: Neurodiversity in Theatre - Autism Daily Newscast | Autism | Scoop.it

Autistics use scripts every day. We use scripting for daily situations that we can predict the outcome of, and stick to those scripts. My job as an autistic is to make you believe that I am coming up with words on the spot, that this is spontaneous, the first time the conversation has ever happened in my life; this is also my job on stage as an actor

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"... Autistics use scripts every day. We use scripting for daily situations that we can predict the outcome of, and stick to those scripts. My job as an autistic is to make you believe that I am coming up with words on the spot, that this is spontaneous, the first time the conversation has ever happened in my life; this is also my job on stage as an actor... Sure, there are lots of things working against me at any given time. For example, one in every sixty-eight Americans is autistic. If all things were equally accessible, you would expect to see one autistic in sixty-eight employees of any company in the US. Because small talk is so important in current interviews and auditions, this doesn’t happen. But it would happen if things were more accessible. And we can help to make it what we see in the future by acknowledging and realizing that not everyone’s brain is wired the same way; by acknowledging neurodiversity exists."


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Autism is not a tragedy. Take it from me | Sarah Kurchak

Autism is not a tragedy. Take it from me | Sarah Kurchak | Autism | Scoop.it

No one deserves to be told that they are nothing but a burden to the people who love them and everyone has the right to feel like their lives have value. 

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" ...We want people to understand that everyone on the spectrum, verbal or otherwise, has value and we want to work so that everyone has a voice, be it verbal, written, assisted or otherwise. We want to talk about which therapies and treatments are actually effective for us and which ones are detrimental to our well-being. And we want to know how we can create an environment in which autistic children are not at constant risk of wildly disproportionate punishment due to misunderstanding and fear. This is a particular concern with autistic children of color who face both ableism and racism, like 12-year-old Kayleb Moon-Robinson, who was charged with a felony after kicking a garbage can."

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Dear Katie Hopkins. Stop making life harder for disabled people | Lucy Hawking

Dear Katie Hopkins. Stop making life harder for disabled people | Lucy Hawking | Autism | Scoop.it
My father is Stephen Hawking, and I have an autistic son. So it makes me sad when your ‘jokes’ about Ed Miliband mock people with disabilities
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Neurodiversity Movement

Neurodiversity Movement | Autism | Scoop.it

The neurodiversity movement celebrates and embraces ALL kinds of minds. The neurodiversity movement recognizes that there is not just one right way to think and perceive the world. The n...

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Autism is a natural variation of the human experience -- Different, NOT Less. April has been tagged as "Autism Awareness Month";  it's not just about "Awareness," but Acceptance and Action, and recognising the valuable contributions that people with autism bring to our lives, to our communities, to our world.  

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Girl Scout develops program pairing children with and therapy dogs – w/ video

Fairfax, CA – A local teen has created a program geared towards pairing children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and therapy dogs in hopes of both receiving a top Girl Scout award and serving her community.

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Readers liked this #autism story about what one teen is doing 

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I-Team: 8-Year-Old's Hospital Stay Highlights State's Challenges In Autism Care

I-Team: 8-Year-Old's Hospital Stay Highlights State's Challenges In Autism Care | Autism | Scoop.it
Vulnerable children in Massachusetts wind up being “medically boarded” simply because there is not a bed available to meet their psychiatric or behavioral needs.
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Boy with autism relies on karate to help cope with disorder – With Video

Boy with autism relies on karate to help cope with disorder – With Video | Autism | Scoop.it

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The #autism story has been very popular the past few days. Would love to have another story on how #karate has helped your child. 

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IDEA Applies To 'Twice Exceptional' Students Too

IDEA Applies To 'Twice Exceptional' Students Too | Autism | Scoop.it
Students with disabilities are entitled to special education services, even if they are cognitively gifted, federal officials say.
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“We continue to receive letters from those who work with children with disabilities with high cognition, particularly those with emotional disturbance or mental illness, expressing concern that some (school districts) are hesitant to conduct initial evaluations to determine eligibility for special education and related services for children with high cognition” - Melody Musgrove, director of the Office of Special Education Programs at the Education Department

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9 Investigates arrests of people with autism - WFTV Orlando

9 Investigates arrests of people with autism - WFTV Orlando | Autism | Scoop.it
With autism rates at an all-time high in the United States, experts say law enforcement officers are having more and more encounters with autistic people, and sometimes those with autism end up behind bars.
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“...Ryan, a fifth-grader, was arrested on four criminal charges for a violent outburst at Vista Lakes Elementary School in March.

“Ryan got upset, as he sometimes does, and he was having trouble controlling his emotions,” the boy’s mother, Kristine Bates, said.

Ryan is diagnosed with autism. ...."

"With my background, with my son being autistic, I really wanted to take that class,” said Orlando Police Department Detective Brian Ferrara. Ferrara recently brought what he learned in the class back to Orlando Police Department and feels other officers were receptive.

Ferrara said he also learned from what the other officers shared.

"Just hearing the stories about some people being arrested, autistic people being arrested and (the suspects) not really understanding what they were doing," he said.

Meanwhile, Donna Lorman and Ryan Bates' family believe autism training should be required for all Florida law enforcement.

Ryan’s charges were eventually dropped, but they said his arrest was traumatic.  “I just thought I could just, I wanted to die at that moment,” Ryan told Deal.

Advocates for people with autism believe incidents like Ryan’s could be de-escalated before they lead to an arrest."

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Autism and the Criminal Justice System – Part 1

Autism and the Criminal Justice System – Part 1 | Autism | Scoop.it

There are things in autistic people`s behaviour that can make them more vulnerable when they come in to contact with the criminal justice system...


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Training for both police and persons on the spectrum is important.

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Part 2 by Paddy-Joe is also up and ready to read.

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Students Design Calming Chairs For Those On The Spectrum - Disability Scoop

Students Design Calming Chairs For Those On The Spectrum - Disability Scoop | Autism | Scoop.it
Inspired by Temple Grandin's "squeeze machine," a group of high school students have created lower-cost chairs that apply soothing pressure while also being aesthetically pleasing.
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As More With Autism Near Adulthood, Clues To Success Emerge

As More With Autism Near Adulthood, Clues To Success Emerge | Autism | Scoop.it

“We can expect a 230 percent increase in the number of individuals with autism transitioning to adulthood in the next eight years,” said Laura Klinger of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill who led the study. “These results provide a wake-up call to parents and professionals alike of the importance of teaching self-care skills."

 

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Flying with autism: One airline's kindness inspires mom to speak out

Flying with autism: One airline's kindness inspires mom to speak out | Autism | Scoop.it
We're used to hearing frustrating stories about flying with children of special needs. But one mom had quite a different experience.
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Kindness isn't just a good way to relate to others, its also good for business.

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Autism and Preparing for Summer – Part 1 – Sensory Issues

Autism and Preparing for Summer – Part 1 – Sensory Issues | Autism | Scoop.it
Most people look forward to the summer, but it can be an awkward time for people with autism.

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A new #autism series by our regular Paddy-Joe

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Autism, Asperger's and Homeschooling

Autism, Asperger's and Homeschooling | Autism | Scoop.it
7sistershomeschool...autism & asperger's & learning
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"Can my child ever learn to live on his own?"

"Parents often ask me "Can my child ever learn to live on his own?" The answer for many of these children is YES. Not all children will be able to; however, many can if provided the right opportunities. The three main things that hold them back are (1) the limited expectations of those teaching them, (2) the way we go about teaching and (3) not starting early enough to teach independent living."

The Autism Discussion Page was developed by Bill Nason, MS, LLP, to provide resources and tools for families and profesisonals.  

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" ... The three main things that hold them back are (1) the limited expectations of those teaching them, (2) the way we go about teaching and (3) not starting early enough to teach independent living."

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