Autism

Study suggests major changes in new proposed autism definition

Sunday, January 22, 2012Advocates and people with autism were already concerned about upcoming changes to the definition of autism, scheduled for 2013, in the widely used American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
Autism Definition Reviewed
Those concerns were amplified…

“Discovering Autism”

Wednesday, December 28, 2011A recent series by Los Angeles Times looks at the causes of the ever growing number of individuals nationwide being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Nearly one percent of children nationwide have autism, a 20-fold spike over the past two…

U.N. honors autism awareness with 2012 postage stamps desgined by artists with autism

Wednesday, November 16, 2011Every year the United Nations honors seven causes of importance within member nations.  They do this by issuing stamps that reflect the cause. For 2012, one of the issues they have chosen to honor is autism awareness.  There will be…

Autism Act reauthorized

Saturday, October 1, 2011With President Barack Obama’s signature Friday, the Combatting Autism Act is extended for another three years. The reauthorization allocates more than $200 million annually during that span for extensive autism research, as well as prevalence tracking, education, early identification and…

Working with people with autism

Monday, July 25, 2011David Bornstein, an award-winning author who specializes in writing about social innovation, wrote an op-ed in The New York Times on June 30 featuring a Danish company that regularly hires dozens of people with autism spectrum disorders. Specialisterne (“The Specialists”)…

California insurance plan reaches agreement on autism therapy

Monday, July 18, 2011
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In an agreement with the California Department of Managed Health Care announced Wednesday, Blue Shield of California will fully cover a certain type of therapy for autism in its insurance plans. The insurance company had previously argued…

EEOC files suit for failure to hire man with Asperger’s syndrome

Monday, May 30, 2011
Maryland
When Jason O’Dell applied to a lab technician position at Randstad US, a Frederick, Maryland employment referral and placement services company, he was fast tracked in the hiring process based on his prior qualifications. But when O’Dell disclosed his…

One in six children has a disability

Monday, May 30, 2011The number of children with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has spiked significantly during the past decade, resulting in a two percent increase nationwide in the number of children with developmental disabilities between 1997 to 2008, according to new…

Congress takes up autism bills

Monday, May 30, 2011
Capitol Dome in Washington DC
Bills to reauthorize the Combating Autism Act, set to expire September 30, were introduced in the House and Senate on May 26, though opinions of the bills vary significantly among autism advocacy groups. When passed…

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