Autism

Why Healthcare Providers Need to Recognize and Respect Neurodiversity

Thursday, December 1, 2016Growing up as an undiagnosed autistic girl, I had many “behaviors” that baffled my parents and medical professionals. Seemingly unprovoked meltdowns, ritualistic, repetitive movements, and episodes of compulsive self-injury were explained away as a part of puberty, or diagnosed as…

Autism and Homelessness: The Real Crisis

Tuesday, October 18, 2016Contrary to much media spin, autism is neither a tragedy nor a looming public health crisis. Autistics have always been here and research over the last decade has shown that while diagnosis has increased over time, the actual percentage prevalence…

(Video) MIT lab creates accessible fashion every summer

Tuesday, September 20, 2016Almost everyone has experience with mainstream clothing that does not always fit the needs of each individual. For people with disabilities, this divergence between what’s needed and what’s available can be even more pronounced. Open Style Lab works to explore…

Class action status sought in school abuse complaint

Tuesday, August 9, 2016The Disability Rights Legal Center filed a motion July 11 to expand a lawsuit in federal court, first filed in October, accusing a California school district of systematically excluding students with intellectual disabilities from its services by failing to…

Disability advocates join call for reduced toxic chemical exposure

Friday, July 29, 2016A group of disability advocates has teamed up with a coalition of medical and children’s health advocates to produce a first-of-its-kind consensus statement, which the ARC is describing as a “national call to action that seeks to significantly reduce…

(Video) Video explains Autism and welcomes members into the Autistic community

Tuesday, May 24, 2016Note: The policy of Rooted in Rights is to use person-first language; However, identity-first language will be used in this article, as a reflection of the wishes of ASAN. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network has created a video welcoming Autistic…

Avonte’s Law moves forward

Friday, April 29, 2016
Tracking device bill moves to Senate floor
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 15-5 on April 14 to move a bill to the full Senate floor that would create a permanent federal funding source for tracking devices for people with autism…

Florida passes bill to protect people with autism when being interviewed by the police

Monday, April 18, 2016Florida will soon become the first state to implement protections for people with autism spectrum disorders in police interrogations. Under the Wes Kleinert Fair Interview Act [PDF], signed by Governor Rick Scott on April 1, people with ASD will…

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