A Phoenix Outback Steakhouse franchise is partnering with the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center to develop jobs for adults with autism. SAARC is currently partnering with 27 Phoenix-are businesses to provide job training, placement, and support.
A researcher at the UC Davis MIND Institute, Peter Mundy, has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Department of Education to study social attention in elementary and secondary students with autism via virtual reality technology. The study will examine whether social attention is a factor in academic achievement.
A hospital in Toronto and the family of a young man with Fragile X syndrome are facing a dilemma regarding how to proceed with discharging the 18-year-old from the health care facility. Taylor McNee has spent the last five months in Toronto Western Hospital due to injuries incurred during a meltdown. While McNee no longer needs hospitalization, family members state that they cannot care for him at home. No long term care placement is currently available.
Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Human Genetic Research have identified 33 genes associated with autism and related disorders, 22 for the first time. Several of these genes also appear to be altered in different ways in individuals with psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, symptoms of which may begin in adolescence or adulthood. Results of the study by a multi-institutional research team will appear in the April 27 issue of Cell and have been released online.
Autism After 16 wants to shine a light on examples of best practice in Transition services for students with autism. Under federal law, special needs students must receive public education services until they graduate from high school with a standard diploma or until they age out of the system, typically in the year they turn 21. From age 16 on, focus should be placed on transitioning students from high school to what comes next. Federal mandate doesn’t always translate into practice, however. What Autism After 16 readers indicate is that Transition services for their children with autism are often ill-fitting or insufficient.
CNN provides a glimpse into the workings of Roses for Autism, an employer of adults with ASD. Based in Connecticut, Roses for Autism was created when rose farmer Tom Pinchbeck found himself unable to compete with by South American flower growers and decided to rethink his farm's purpose.
Pediatrics,the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, today published findings of a California study that examined developmental trajectory in 6975 autistic chlidren. The study profiles six types of developmental trajectories, including a small percentage of children who move from severe to mild symptoms of autism.
The Centers for Disease Control today announced that the estimated incidence of autism in children in the United States is now 1 in 88. These findings were based on data from 14 communities. According to the CDC report, autism spectrum disorders are almost five times more common among boys than girls, with 1 in 54 boys identified. The number of children identified with ASDs ranged from 1 in 210 children in Alabama to 1 in 47 children in Utah. The largest increases were among Hispanic and black children.
Autism Speaks announced today that preliminary findings of a research study funded by the organization estimates that the cost of autism to society has reached $126 billion per year in the US, and £34 billion per year in the UK. The study, which was conducted by researchers at the London School of Economics and the University of Pennsylvannia puts estimated costs of providing care for each person with autism affected by intellectual disability through his or her lifespan at $2.3 million in the US and £1.5 million ($2.4 million) in the UK. The lifetime costs of caring for individuals who are not impacted by intellectual disability are $1.4 million in the US and £917,000 in the UK (equivalent to $1.46 million).
The San Diego Union-Tribune recently interviewed Eric Courchesne, part of a research team investigating gene abnormality and autism. The study, which appeared in PLoS Genetics on March 22, finds that genetic abnormalities not only impact the developing brain but continue to impact the adult autistic brain, albeit in very different ways, as it attempts to “rewire” itself. This study is among the first to focus on the dynamic neurological evolution of autism over the lifespan. In the interview, Courchesne notes, “That would seem to offer a potential target for pharmaceuticals to improve the remodeling.” At AA16 we hope that these results may help to change the popular conception of autism as an early childhood event to one of an evolving neurological process.
I’ve come down with an early case of the “Bah Humbugs” this year.
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.
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