Autism Speaks is today releasing the findings of an online survey conducted regarding housing needs for autistic adults. In July and August 2013, over 10,000 people (including 400 autistic adults) responded to the National Housing and Residential Supports Survey. According to the report, "The survey was intended to identify the most important and commonly recurring housing needs within this community and highlight the concerns of their caregivers when it comes to providing for these needs." Results indicate that "76% of caregivers reported that the individual with autism is not currently on a waiting list to receive these services. Just one in four caregivers is currently saving for the future housing needs of the individual with autism."
The 2013 New York City Marathon is just one of the many races identical twin brothers Alex and and Jamie Schneider—who are severely autistic—have run together. ABC News looks at how running became central to the twins' lives.
David Royko, son of the late Chicago newspaper columnist Mike Royko, tells of his family's struggles with severe autism in a new book, "The Chronicles of Ben—Adventures in Autism." David Royko details how paying for care and treatment for his son, now 20, pushed the family into bankruptcy and caused them to lose their home.
BBC News reports that the Mexican Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Ricardo Aldair, a 25-year-old with ASD who sought the right to act as a legal adult. Mexican law required that Aldair have parents or guardians sign legal documents for him.
CBS News reports on an upcoming documentary produced by the Autism Media Channel on the death of autistic teen Alex Spourdalakis at the hands of his mother and his caregiver. Alex, who was 14 years old at the time of his death, was nonverbal and had become increasingly violent. His mother, Dorothy Spourdalakis is being held without bond.
In a study published in the online edition of the journal Cerebral Cortex, scientists have shown that children with high-functioning ASD appear to outgrow difficulties with sensory issues critical to communication. Children with ASD and typically developing children between the ages of 5 and 17 were involved in the study, and their ability to understand speech with increasing levels of background noise was tested. Children with ASD between ages 6 and 12 performed much worse than typically developing children of the same age. However, there was no difference in performance among the older children in the study. Further research is needed to determine if this “catching up” is a result of intervention children with ASD receive or physiological changes in the brain, or both.
Photographer José Antonio de Lamadrid followed autistic triplets from Seville, Spain for one year to chronicle their daily lives. Brothers Alejandro, Álvaro and Jaime live at home with their parents and attend school. The photos provide an intimate look into the level of care and support the brothers need, as well as sharing a glimpse into their relationships and interests.
A study published in the journal, Brain, indicates that men and women experience autism differently. Researchers at the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to examine how autism affects the brain of males and females. The MRIs of autistic women were found to be more similar to the brains of neurotypical males than to neurotypical females,
Burt Bacharach, composer of such songs as "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" and "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," has published a memoir which tells of the suicide of his adult autistic daughter. Bacharach's daughter, Nikki, had Asperger's syndrome. She killed herself at age 40 in her home in southern California.
Just weeks before the scheduled release of the newest edition of the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (DSM-5), the head of the National Institute of Mental Health has criticized the validity of the work. In a recent interview, Dr. Thomas R. Insel noted that diagnosing mental illness based on symptomology rather than biology can be highly problematic. Changes in how autism is diagnosed are expected in the DSM-5, causing widespread concern about impact on service eligibility.
Last Tuesday my sister Connie had to have a surgery.
Here's what really gets to us about the holiday season. It's not the way advertisers assault us, though that's troubling.
By the time you read this, I will have returned from a week’s vacation in Florida with my family.
Schedule-based living, however, can be a tricky proposition. On the one hand, a schedule orders the day, the expectations, and is comforting to Madison who has difficulty with transitions....
The search for a postsecondary program for a student like Cameron is not much fun. It’s actually pretty awful.
Last week I had the opportunity to head to Washington, DC to attend the “Autism Speaks to Washington” summit.
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