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Disability Hate Crime A Teachable Moment

Like many on 1\5\2017 I was surprised and very bothered by what I saw on mainstream media outlets like CNN. A hate crime targeting a developmental disabled youth. As an autism self-advocate much of what I have learned about social advocacy was seeded in the influences of Martin Luther King Jr and more. This hate […]

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Jerry Seinfeld states he may be on the Autism Spectrum

As a self-advocate with autism I was surprised by the recent news of Jerry Seinfeld saying he thinks he is on the autism spectrum. It does give hope to self-advocates to see such a successful person feeling this way. Yet many with autism require help, and not just social training for literal thinking. When Jerry Seinfeld […]

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Autism Self-Advocate Wins Access to Care with Help of Social Media

Autism Self-Advocate Fights For, Wins, Access To Care The unacceptable state of equal access to healthcare for citizens with developmental disabilities In a time when many are already concerned about the government’s overreaching, most don’t realize how far that reach already goes for individuals with developmental disabilities. Even with the existence of the Americans with […]

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Autism Self-Advocate Fights for Access to Care

Nathan Young of Fortuna, California who is diagnosed with autism is self-advocating for preventive care within the Redwood Coast Regional Centers catchment area. Humboldt Medical Group originally referred Nathan for an EEG test. Such testing concluded moderate cerebral dysfunctions, and consequently a referral to the University of San Francisco has been made for a potential […]

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Solitary Boy with Autism Tricked Into Friendship Ends in Jail

The police department in Temecula, California are using tactics against students with special needs that include tricking the susceptible minors into friendships with intent to put them in jail. The tactics have raised concerns among the local citizen of Temecula. In two separate cases, police have involved special needs students in their investigations. One involving […]

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Girl Pleads Guilty to Taping and Abusing Person with Autism

A seventeen year old girl has been accused of assaulting an individual with autism and videotaping it. The judge in this case made the decision to charge the girl as a minor, for which the young lady, with her parents and lawyers, plead guilty. This is instead of the initial charges to be tried as an adult, and under […]

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Boy with Autism Bullied but He is Blamed

Parents of kids who have bullied Levi Null say, “he brings it on himself,” even though the bullying has included punching, teasing and a video the kids made of Levi’s involuntary movements associated with his autism spectrum (ASD) diagnoses which they put online using school computers.  According to Levi’s mother, Dawn Simmons, this video evidence includes students hitting and […]

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What is Autism? This is Autism

“This is Autism,“ was created for the purpose of understanding the everyday lives of families in the Autism Community. Louis Theroux, a British-American Filmmaker, produced this documentary working together with Discovery Health. Theroux traveled to the Developmental Learning Center (DLC) in Warren, New Jersey. The DLC is a leading innovators in autism schools of its kind, and the documentary […]

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Man with Autism Inspires Reaches 2.5 Million People

Lance was a man who feared leaving his own home, but he began a journey no one believed was possible. He has now travelled over 25,000 miles in his life-long passion for beer breweries. He has been embraced by presidents and CEOs in America’s beer brewing industry for his passion for their art and to raise awareness of autism. Lance has […]

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Children Say Bus Driver Slapped Child with Autism

Tosha Owens, the mother of Christian, a child with autism, with support from special needs witnesses, claims that a bus driver mistreated her son by calling him profanities including the R-word and slapping her son’s hands. These allegations of assault eventually led to official charges against the bus driver, which were later said to dropped, despite the witnesses. Other […]

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Living in Russia with Autism

What is life like for people with autism in Russia? Not good at all. They can be deprived of their homes, or even basic rights. Parents are told to send autistic children away to institutions. This documentary uncovers the lives and struggles of several Russians with autism.

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Special MRI Scan Technology Shows Autism

Special MRI scan technology shows fifteen different neurological circuits in the brain. Developed neurological connections show in red as opposed to less developed show in blue with this technology. Scans reveal significant differences in infants later diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Scott Pallet, the pioneer of this technology hopes this will improve early diagnoses […]

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Tablet Technology Means a Voice for Autism

Many individuals with autism and who cannot speak rely on tablets with specially designed software to enable their expressions.  Most find success in IPADS from apple for instance, with the easy to use interfaces that individuals simply touch and slide to utilize unique applications designed for persons with autism. Alternatively and in the past, simple […]

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CBS Breaking through Autism

Many parents of individuals with autism strongly desire to better connect to their children with autism. CBS reports on breaking through autism with Disney movies. Owen a very energetic and chatty three year old suddenly regressed over a period of weeks. Now as an adult, this video segment explores Owens and his family’s years of […]

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Canada Begins to Admit Autism Services Lacking

Autism: The Other End of the Spectrum The Canadian government is beginning to acknowledge a lack of programs and services for individuals on the autism spectrum. The Ontario government in publicly recognizing the deficits to the autism services and supports has launched a number of inquiries into just how to assist individuals with autism. Right […]

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Autism Hate Letter Makes the News

Mom with son with autism devastated by hate letter from a neighbor. The letter targeting a 13-year old boy with autism suggests he and his family move or that he be authanized. Thus far police say it’s not a hate crime but a potential criminal matter. Police are treating this matter as a criminal investigation. […]

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Hidden Camera Captures Abuse of Adult with Severe Autism

This video is graphic and the issue is sensitive. Yet issues like this, where private sector social service agencies behave in these ways is important to know about. Accountability with the public by means of awareness is important to improving quality in service delivery.

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Child with Autism Forced to Leave Canada

Dr. Jeffrey Niehaus is being asked to leave Canada just because his son was diagnosed with autism. Canadian policy recognizes autism as a health and social service burden. The University of Victoria even hired an attorney to appeal. Though rejected from working in Canada because of his sons new diagnoses and despite being described as […]

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Boy with Autism Punched by Bullies

This is an emotional video featuring video evidence of an attack by bullies and statements by the individual with autism who was attacked. Should police do more, such as file assault charges in cases like this? Although people with autism are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act, they won’t file such charges thus far because there was ‘no visible […]

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PBS Autism Now: Increase in U.S. Autism Prevalence

This is the second report in Robert MacNeil’s Autism Now series. PBS explores the “phenomenal” increase of autism prevalence in the U.S., and features more stories of children across the wide autism spectrum. Autism Now shares several perspectives on the increase in autism prevalence, such as how it may be attributable to better diagnoses or perhaps to a variety of environmental […]

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PBS Autism Now: Meet Nick

PBS NewsHour presents this Autism Now segment where we meet Nick, Robert Macneil’s 6-year-old Grandson. Nick experiences autism not just as a developmental disorder, but also a physical disorder affecting his whole body.

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BBC My Autism And Me

The BBC produced “My Autism and Me,” a special piece about autism presented by a young lady by the name of Rosie, who has Asperger syndrome. Though autism affects the way Rosie and others with autism live and see the world, as seen in this video, Rosie says it makes her unique and who she is. While telling her […]

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