ESPN reports that the Birmingham, AL based A.skate Foundation has won a $50,000 competitive grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project to fund its skateboarding clinic and gear program for kids and families with autism. Crys Worley founded A.skate after finding that skateboarding was a way she could interact with her son, Sasha, who was diagnosed with autism at 22 months. According to Worley, skateboarding allowed Sasha to channel his energy in a positive manner, while going back and forth on the ramps relieved anxiety.
A new center has opened in Calgary, Alberta, to help adolscents and adults with autism develop independent living skills. Called The Ability Hub, this 17,000 square foot center is located on the campus of the University of Calgary. It is funded by the Sinneave Family Foundation.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports on a collaboration between Emory University's Autism Center, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and AirTran to provide training for young adults with autism in learning to travel successfully as airline passengers.
The first graduate of the Rich Center for Autism at Youngstown State University in Ohio has started his own business. On Monday Brian Forward, 21, cut the ribbon opening his store which sells and repairs vaccuum cleaners.
On Friday, President Barak Obama signed legislation renewing the Combating Autism Act for another three years. The bill authorizes approximately $700 million in federal spending on autism over the next three years.
The Washington Post reports on the National Youth Transition Center, scheduled to open next month in the District of Columbia. The center will house a variety of transition services for people with disabilities and injured veterans, ages 14 to 26. A number of social service organizations are partnering to create the center and provide its services.
A bill to reauthorize federal spending on autism research and treatment headed from Congress to President Barak Obama's office on Monday night. The bill will provide for $700 million in federal spending on autism over three years. While the House of Representatives approved it without issue, the bill had been waylaid by Senate Republicans.
Citing a "misunderstanding," the West Virginia Board of Examiners of Psychologists has overturned its June ruling that ABA providers must be supervised by licensed psychologists. A lawsuit was filed on Friday alleging that the Board did not follow the law when enacting an "emergency rule" restricting the ability of Board Certified Behavior Analysts to offer services. In April, West Virginia passed a bill mandating private insureres cover ABA services until a child turns 18 years old.
A lawsuit was filed against the West Virginia Board of Examiners of Psychologists on Friday due to a state "emergency rule" enacted this summer that requires that Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) be directly supervised by licensed psychologists. This rule renders ABA services extremely difficult for families to access. In April, West Virginia passed a bill mandating insurance coverage for ABA services for children with autism until the age of 18. This state ruling, however, weakens the effectiveness of the insurance legislation dramatically.
Aspiritech, an Illinois-based company that hires adults with autism, was the subject of a short AP video report this week. Aspiritech provides software testing services.
April wasn’t only Autism Awareness Month. It was National Stress Awareness Month too. Coincidence?
Part II of our story on autistic adults living in rural America.
Friday night, Cameron attended his high school prom. This wasn’t his first prom, as his school invites all high school students to attend each year, and Cameron had attended the year before...
Our family originally qualified for Supplementary Security income for Cody when he was four years old. I was a single mother, not working at the time and my husband, Bill,
At present, I’m not a parent. I don’t have a son or daughter of my own, but if ever I do, I have a very specific item at the top of my parenting to-do list.
When I was very young, I remember using the telephone in my parents’ house to call a home shopping network in an attempt to get a pretty-looking umbrella.
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