Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Web-Based ABA Trainings Could Help Parents in Rural Areas, Study Finds

Using web-based technology to teach parents the strategies of applied behavior analysis could offer big gains for kids with autism, new research suggests.In a small study of rural parents who participated in a series of online tutorials and videoconferencing sessions, researchers found that they could help moms and dads substantially increase their knowledge of ABA and apply the techniques without forcing the families to make long drives to a clinic.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Parents Fear the Future

 — Rafael Angevine can spend hours taking pictures.
 “I just do it for myself," he said. "I don’t try to set up a scene or anything. I just take pictures.”
Rafael was diagnosed with autism when he was 26. His mother, Noelie, says his father encouraged their son to pursue his passion for photography.

Car Wash Provides Opportunity to Work

At the Rising Tide Car Wash in Parkland, Fla., most of the employees have one thing in common: they've been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.As young adults they began to age out of the school system, with employment options in short supply. That’s why John D’Eri co-founded Rising Tide Car Wash: to give his son, and others on the autism spectrum, a place to earn a paycheck -- and build a community.

Monday, April 21, 2014

NIH Seeks Input on DSM Autism Update

Nearly a year after new diagnostic criteria for autism took effect, the National Institutes of Health is asking everyone from families to health experts to weigh in on the changes.The NIH has issued a request for information urging stakeholders to speak up about implications they are seeing stemming from the revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Maryland Case Highlights Struggle for Friendship Amid Abuse

Such a disturbing story that it can't be ignored.
He grew frightened when his schoolmate put the knife to his throat, while his 15-year-old girlfriend shot video with her cellphone.“I thought she was going to cut me. I was like, ‘Please stop,’ ” said the 16-year-old autistic boy, whose alleged abuse by two girls from his Southern Maryland high school made headlines around the world. The case triggered outrage in the teens’ rural community and consternation among advocates for children with disabilities.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Judge Dismisses Couple's Lawsuit

A federal judge has thrown out the lawsuit of an intellectually disabled couple against two Long Island group homes that refused to let them live together as man and wife at their facilities.

Eastern District Judge Leonard Wexler rejected a claim that the Independent Group Home Living Program in Manorville and Maryhaven Center of Hope, Inc., based in Port Jefferson Station, had not made reasonable accommodations for Paul Forziano and Hava Samuels.
In Forziano v. Independent Group Home Living, 13-cv-00370, Wexler, sitting in Central Islip, wrote that the couple and their parents failed to establish disability-based discrimination claims, observing they "all arise out of defendants' purported refusal to accommodate the couple's desire to cohabitate as a married couple in either Independent Group Home Living or Maryhaven. Such alleged discrimination is based not on the couple's disabilities, but rather on their status as a married couple."

Friday, April 18, 2014

Home Videos to Help Detect Autism

While scientists are still trying to unravel the complex genetic and environmental causes of autism, one thing is clear: Getting a diagnosis can often be a lengthy and frustrating process. But simple home videos could make diagnosing autism easier, resulting in earlier treatment, new research suggests.
Researchers at Stanford University and Harvard University wanted to determine whether a common autism clinical evaluation tool could be used looking at home videos of children, explains senior author Dennis Wall, Ph.D, associate professor of pediatrics in systems medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.