Dr. Hakon Hakonarson, MD, PhD is one of the world’s leading autism researchers and director of the Center for Applied Genomics, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. We are proud and honored for his service on the ICare4Autism advisory committee and truly grateful for his regular speaking engagements at our conferences and events.
ICare4Autism’s African Autism Awareness and Intervention Initiative Is Gearing Up to Launch Program in Ghana
ICare4Autism continues to work to raise autism awareness in the West African nation of Ghana. On her recent visit to Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices School and Center for Children with Autism, Ms. Ofori-Atta explained the unique obstacles facing autism awareness and treatment in Ghana. Read more about our Africa Austism Awareness and Intervention Initiative »
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There is an on-going heated debate in the autism community, mainly between self-advocates and parental advocates on whether to identify as “autistics,” “autistic people,” or “people with autism.” This is not an argument about semantics by people who are excessively sensitive to political correctness, but rather an important discussion about how autistic people and their advocates want to identify themselves and be identified by others. The tricky part of this argument is that ultimately, both sides are on the same side, they just have a fundamental disagreement about the most empowering and respectful terms of identification.
An article was published yesterday in the online version of Forbes Magazine called, “What You Need to Know About Working With Colleagues on the Autism Spectrum.” It is very encouraging in its message to be patient, reserve judgement, and employ their recommended tips to help build a work environment where everyone can perform to their best abilities. What is most encouraging, though, is the underlying subtext that it is very common to have autistic colleagues and that it is important for everyone to learn how to work with each other.
The U.S. Department of Labor announced that they are assembling a new advisory committee that will guide government officials on how to improve employment prospects for people with disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders (ASD). They are currently soliciting nominations for individuals to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities.
According to a new study published Monday in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, the brains of children and adolescents with severe autism react differently to specific types of audio-visual stimulation than those without autism spectrum disorders (ASD). These findings could lead to more accurate and objective means of diagnosing autism than the current behavioral methods of evaluation.
Researchers from the University of California, Davis, MIND Institute released findings that some children who with an autism diagnosis may actually have a genetic deletion disorder. The misdiagnoses stem from similarities in developmental delays and social impairments common to both autism and the deletion of gene 22q11.2.