Developmental Disabilities

How coping mechanisms allow autistic people to manage their condition

In a recent documentary, naturalist and wildlife presenter, Chris Packham, talked about having Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism. It was a rare …

Autism

New Adelaide play Impersonal Space tries to shine light on living with autism

It's the final dress rehearsal of a new play by Company AT in Adelaide and cast member Kaila Pole is excited.<p>She's playing the lead character of a …

Autism

Rome conference fears Down syndrome may be in final generation

ROME – Bridget Brown is a successful young woman, who captures the attention of everyone she meets with her vitality and confidence. Bridget …

Christianity

11-year-old boy with Down’s Syndrome lands first modeling job as face of River Island

We can’t overstate how important it is for children to see kids that look like them in the media.<p>Diversity in fashion campaigns, on TV, and in the …

Autism

North Dakota program offers place for kids with disabilities

When Caleb's Clubhouse executive director Shannon Schmidt's oldest son, Caleb, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at the age of 2 1/2, she …

Entertainment

Effects Of State Insurance Mandates On Health Care Use And Spending For Autism Spectrum Disorder

• Colleen L. Barry1,*,<br>• Andrew J. Epstein2,<br>• Steven C. Marcus3,<br>• Alene Kennedy-Hendricks4,<br>• Molly K. Candon5,<br>• Ming Xie6 and<br>• David S. Mandell7<p>1Colleen L. Barry …

Health Care

Children with 'severe' autism are the most ignored, but something important is changing

It should have been a perfect day. Lauren Primmer was hosting an annual party at her home in New Hampshire for families that, like hers, have adopted …

Autism

Target's new line for kids with special needs was designed by a mom who gets it

As the mother of a child with autism, Stacey Monsen struggles to find clothing that fits her daughter. Elinor, 8, has limited fine motor skills and is not potty trained, so Monsen needs clothes that cover a bulky diaper and allow easy access.<p>The problem is, most of the time this type of clothing is …

Health

10 of the best autism blogs for 2017

People with autism, as well as their families and caregivers, are impacted uniquely by the disorder. We have chosen the best autism blogs that help …

Autism

5 Of The Best Children's Books About Disabilities And Inclusion

Did you know that more than 12% of the U.S. population has a disability? While its not always easy to explain disability to children, books have a …

Autism

Call for more Irlen Syndrome specialists in schools

<b>Calls have been made for more sight specialists in schools across Wales, to ensure children with Irlen Syndrome receive a diagnosis.</b><p>Irlen UK said children are "being turned off education" because they are not aware they have the condition.<p>It affects the brain's ability to process visual information …

News (Wales)

Teen Confesses to Drowning Six-Year-Old Nephew With Autism in Bathtub

After the body of a six-year-old boy was found in a dumpster in Washington, his uncle has confessed to drowning him in the bathtub. Andrew Henckel, …

Crime

Father of Autistic Child Deported from U.S.

The father of a child with severe autism has been deported to his native Bangladesh following a plea for more time to stay in the United States to arrange for his daughter’s care.<p>Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed to NBC News Wednesday that Mohammed Ambia was removed from the U.S. …

Immigration

Dina review – touching, tender documentary about couple with autism

This beautifully shot movie, whose principals emerge as intensely likable and intelligent, avoids cliche and sometimes feels like an arthouse reality show<p>Here is a sweet, tender documentary study, showing a middle-aged man and woman, Dina and Scott, preparing to get married. They both have autism. …

Film (UK)

Families fight for normalcy after wildfires destroy autism school

<b>(CNN) —</b> For about two weeks, 7-year-old Caden Higuera from Windsor, California, has been cooped up in his house, playing with Legos and patching together 500-piece puzzles.<p>This isn't his usual schedule.<p>He should be at school with his friends and teachers at the Anova Center for Education. But it …

Education

Making Jewish Early Childhood Education Inclusive

I was recently speaking to a mom of two nursery-school-age children. I told her that although my youngest child is only 9, my sense was that …

Education

Model Throws Surprise Birthday Photo Shoot for His Sister with Down Syndrome: ‘Her Happiness Is My Happiness’

A 29-year-old model threw a surprise birthday photo shoot for his sweet older sister, who has special needs and has been a source of inspiration all …

Down Syndrome

My 14 Most Frequently Asked Questions about our Autism Journey - Finding Cooper's Voice

When my son was first diagnosed with autism I had a million and one questions. I thought that getting his diagnosis would be the hardest thing we …

Autism

What is Aspergers? Autism spectrum disorder signs and symptoms

He opened up about his struggle with autism for the first time only last year.<p>And now Chris Packham has provided an insight into his condition with …

Autism

What We Can Learn From Companies That Hire Workers With Autism

Here's what we can learn by drawing on the power of different brains.<p>I remember the first time my son spotted a mistake on the cover of a Lego catalog. He was eight, the Harry Potter sets had just debuted, and he insisted that Draco Malfoy was wearing the wrong shirt.<p>This morning, six years later, …

Autism

The Advice I Didn’t Know I Needed After An Autism Diagnosis

Throughout your lifetime, you will receive words of encouragement that really linger. There will be advice you cherish and take to the grave with …

Autism

Should My Adult Son With Autism Go Trick-Or-Treating?

Can I be transparent with you? It took me over a week to write this article. I couldn’t find the words to express how I felt about this situation. I’m sure you feel the same way, too when Oct 31st arrives every year.<p><b>Should I or shouldn’t I?</b><p>Let me give you a little background on my son. Quon is 27 …

Autism

Thinking Outside The Neurotypical Box

My son Jules is on the autistic spectrum. He is now 26 and working as an actor on the BBC's medical drama, <i>Holby City</i>. It's the first time an autistic …

Autism

What's the Link Between Genetics and Autism?

At least 83% of autism caused by inherited genes<p>Researchers have always believed that genetics plays an important role in autism, but many were …

Autism

​Meet "Milo" the robot teaching children with autism

Fifteen school districts in South Carolina are part of a pilot study using a robot to help teach children who have autism.<p>The robot named Milo …

Education

Adults and adolescents with autism are in crisis

We found that nearly one in four adolescents and adults with autism visited the hospital in an emergency situation and one in six had a police …

Autism

This School Therapy Dog Got a Photo In the Yearbook. He Is Perfect.

Bird is a therapy dog for a school for children with autism and special needs in Ohio.<p>This week in viral pup news.<p>An Ohio school’s therapy dog has received a photo for the 2017–2018 yearbook. And it is amazing.<p>The revelation was made when the pup’s owner posted the snapshot on Twitter writing: “oh …

Therapy Dogs

How Chicago Created ‘Community College’ for Special Ed Students

Schools like Southside Occupational Academy are helping young people with disabilities transition from high school to independent living.<p>CHICAGO—On an overcast afternoon in May, the gymnasium of an oppressively beige school building on Chicago’s South Side was teeming with giddy students. Southside …

Education

The NDIS has become a cruel swindle for a single mum and her boys with autism

For Briana, Max and Freddy the NDIS was supposed to be the light on the hill. Instead it’s a bureaucratic maze of less funding and broken promises<p>Briana Blackett is a genuine hero and yet few people know who she is or what she does.<p>She’s a hero because she’s taking on the might of the Australian …

Opinion

What Does The CBeebies New Show 'Pablo' Mean To My Autistic Son?

Did you see the Chris Packham programme '<i>Asperger's and Me</i>' on BBC2 at 9pm Tuesday night? I'm planning to catch up on iPlayer. I'll be honest, once …

Autism