Monday, October 20, 2014

An Autism-Friendly Pediatric ER

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A trip to the emergency room can be unpleasant for anyone in pain or discomfort. But for children and adolescents with autism, the fast-paced environment and bright lighting only adds to the trauma.

“For patients with autism and for their families or caregivers, this can be a nightmare experience,” said Dr. Olga Goldfarb, director of the Autism Program at Capital Health’s Institute for Neurosciences. “They have problems interacting and approaching other people. It can be very scary for those with autism."

What Drove Woman to Murder Son with Autism?

A tragic story. Where were the supports and services not only for the child, but for the family?

To be a great hotel is to host fabulous lives but also, sometimes, spectacular deaths.

On the evening of February 3, 2010, Gigi B. Jordan checked into the same hotel, which was now called the Peninsula. She asked for a suite: $2,500 a night. She paid in cash. Before arriving at the Peninsula, Jordan, who had started a successful home health care company 20 years earlier, had gone to a Chase Bank, where she made a transfer of $8 million between two accounts. Then she got into a taxi and had it drive around Manhattan for three hours, in the midst of rush hour: an expensive exercise in aimlessness. She thought about going to the Mercer Hotel, in SoHo, and the Sofitel, in Times Square. Finally, she decided on the Peninsula. After settling with the front desk, she took the elevator to the 16th floor and entered Room 1603, a sumptuous suite of cream colors and dark wood finishes. Except for quick dealings with hotel staff conducted in the doorway, she would not leave the room for the next 40 hours.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Artists Pursuing Their Dream

When a reporter and cameraman from WCBS-TV spent more than 2 hours visiting with our art group for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities on Tuesday, they left overwhelmed by the talent and abilities of the artists. Here is the segment which aired this morning.

Monday, October 13, 2014

"Bully" Documentary Airs Tonight

It's National Bullying Prevention Month and Lee Hirsch's documentary "Bully" will air Monday evening at 10 p.m. on PBS in New York City. Check listings for other airtimes. We were proud to have Hirsch as a keynote speaker at one of our one-day autism conferences.

Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. Bully, directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families.

Friday, October 10, 2014

High School Soccer Player with Autism Victim of Hazing in Pennsylvania

The End of Sheltered Workshops?

Much like institutionalization of people with disabilities, sheltered workshops started with someone’s heart being in the right place. Starting around the middle of the 20thcentury, sheltered workshops began as an intervention for adults with disabilities in which they were given jobs to help keep them busy. These places offer limited-skill work such as sorting, assembling and packaging to people with disabilities.
Often, the jobs are repetitive-motion tasks, do not offer much in the way of self-fulfillment, and give the employees zero opportunity to advance their position in the company. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Shift in Charitable Giving After Recession, Study Finds

In the wake of the Great Recession, the richest Americans are donating less to charity, while the poorest are giving more, according to a new study.
In a report released today, the Chronicle of Philanthropy found that Americans who earned at least $200,000 gave nearly 5% less to charity in 2012 than in 2006.