iCare4Autism in Mexico

Mexico's Secretary of Health Jose Narro Robles and icare4autism CEO Dr. Joshua Weinstein

Mexico’s Secretary of Health Jose Narro Robles and icare4autism CEO Dr. Joshua Weinstein

On Monday, January 9th, 2017, our CEO Dr. Joshua Weinstein, advisory committee member Dr. Humberto Nicolini, and Mr. Zvika Barak, Esq. met with Mexican Secretary of Health Jose Narro Robles, in Mexico City, to discuss the joint collaboration with Mexico and icare4Autism to the upcoming International autism Conference and other initiatives.

Dr. Mora, Dr. Humberto Nicolini, Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Mexico's Secretary of Health Jose Narro Robles, Zvika Barak, other participants of the meeting.

Dr. Pablo Antonio Kuri Morales, Undersecretary of Health Prevention and Promotion, Ms. Hilda Dávila Chávez, Director General of International Relations, Dr. Maria Elena Teresa Medina Mora, General Director for the National Institute of Psychiatry, Dr. José Humberto Nicolini Sánchez, Underdirector of basic research of the National Institute of Genomic Medicine, Dr. Joshua Weinstein, ICare4Autism CEO, Dr. José Narro Robles, Secretary of Health, Mr. Zvika Barak, Esq. ICare4Autism Advisory Member, Dra. Jimena Morales Ayala, Director of Priority Catastrophic Expenses and Intersectorial Management, Dr. Jesús Ancer Rodríguez, Secretary of the General Health Council, and Dr. Guillermo Miguel Ruiz Palacios y Santos, National Commissioner of the National Institutes of Health and High Specialty Hospitals

 

A recent study conducted last year by researchers at the Oregon Health & Science University showed a first estimate of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) prevalence in Mexico at 1 in 115. However, experts believe the lower rate reflects the lack of diagnosis. According to the “Comprehensive Guide of Autism”, misdiagnosis, late diagnosis, or wrong treatment is a major medial problem of ASD in Mexico. In addition, parents have difficult access to genetic testing because the studies are expensive. Icare4autism plans to provide guidance and support to the Mexican Health Ministry in order to allow them to meet the need of the autistic population in the country.

SOURCES:
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10803-016-2696-6
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26797939
http://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007%2F978-1-4614-4788-7_162

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“Neurodiversity” in the Workplace: Hiring More People with Autism

workplace-1245776_1280For years, both men and women with autism have faced incredible difficulties in obtaining employment throughout their adult years. There were times when opportunities were virtually non-existent for anyone with ASD. However, with each year, increasing numbers of big companies have delivered on their promises to incorporate more autistic individuals in their workforce. Companies such as Microsoft and EY (formerly Ernst & Young), have seen incredible benefits in their daily operations thanks to more inclusive hiring decisions.

“Neurodiversity” is growing rapidly within American companies. EY, for one, has developed a program that employs individuals with ASD to build a wider, more diverse workforce. Lori Golden, Abilities Strategy Leader at EY, currently leads the program. She states, “this program leverages the skills that people with high functioning autism often have: looking at data, dealing with mathematical concepts, attention to detail, the ability to focus over long periods of time, and looking at large bodies of information and spotting anomalies.” These skills are a huge benefit to various industries, including math/accounting, engineering and information technology.

According to a recent study conducted at Drexel University, a large number of adults with autism are still unemployed: 58%. However, many of them possess desirable skills that could benefit multiple types of businesses. As a result, companies like EY are utilizing the talents of these men and women, while making their hiring process and employment more comfortable. In addition to standard training, EY provides hands-on training in which employees within the program can watch others work in real-time. The program enabled managers to really reflect on their current operations. Golden states, “One thing that happened that I thought was really interesting was that, as our supervisors went through training these individuals every day, they stopped and asked ‘Can this be improved? Are we communicating the right way?’”

Rob Austin, professor at Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario states, “[Neurodiversity is a] relatively new thing … but I would say it’s gaining momentum.” The push for neurodiversiy, Austin states, can be traced to Danish origins. A Danish telecom worker, Thorkil Sonne, initiated bringing autistic adults into his professional workplace. Sonne developed the company Specialisterne in 2004 with the focused goal of preparing individuals with autism for the workforce.

Ultimately, according to Austin, these programs have to make sense for the company’s bottom line. These initial programs, such as the one at EY, have produced great results in terms of both finding new and diverse talent, as well as increasing productivity. “Ultimately, it’s not a charity thing because it’s providing far more benefit than it’s costing. Every company I know that’s gone into this in a serious way has gone into it with the idea that this is going to be net benefit positive,” Austin states.

To read more, please click the link to the original article:
https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/12/autism-workplace/510959/

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#GivingSeason: You can make a difference in an autistic child’s life

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It’s giving season, and we know how people love to give. It feels good. It makes a difference, and in most cases, it offers tangible rewards in the form of a tax deduction. That’s why we want to ask for your help to change lives. Your donation will help us improve the life of children and adults who live with autism all over the world.

iCare4autism has a mission to catalyze the breakthrough innovations needed to tackle global autism. We connect the most elite autism researchers through renowned conferences and workshops to discuss complex-scientific issues and find innovative treatment services. Among the most vulnerable population, autistic children benefit from specialty care and outstanding teaching programs delivered at ICare4Autism’s school for autistic children in New York City. Teachers from around the world train at our model center for professional enrichment and certifications.

DONATE TODAY TO SUPPORT OUR CAUSE! #HELP4AUTISM

 

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Measuring Anxiety & Understanding Autism

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Communicating and expressing emotions can be extremely challenging for children with ASD. This results in the parents often having to discern whether their behavior is actually a symptom of autism or of anxiety. But since those symptoms are sometimes difficult to tell apart, even for the child's parent, clear clinical guidelines may greatly improve the ability to reliably diagnose anxiety issues.

Recent studies and findings have proven that a new method devised by a Drexel University professor, Connor Kerns, PhD, an assistant research professor could help to diagnose children on the spectrum for anxiety symptoms – which tend to be masked by symptoms of autism — was shown to be effective in a recent study.

Find out more about the studies and findings at: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161208125847.htm

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Autism 2016: Promising Explanations

Scientists continue to dedicate themselves to unraveling and discovering the causes behind autism spectrum disorder (ASD) on a daily basis. 2016 proved to be a year of results, giving us hope that with the right amount of support and resources we can begin to have a better understanding of what causes the diagnosis.

ASD, is now estimated to affect one in every 68 children. Continuing the advancement of treatments and diagnosis is crucial to our community and this year has pointed us in the right direction.

As family and friends wind down the year, the research is still ongoing. Fortunately there are some promising explanations we’ve settled on. Let’s take a look.

What we do know is that many of these factors happen very early on in life. Some researchers have found many, if not most, autism cases can be traced to someone having common genetic variations or rare spontaneous mutations. Boys also appear to be at higher risk, but it’s possible that girls are simply being under diagnosed.

Other scientists, while not disputing the role of genetics, have found evidence that a developing fetus’ environment (i.e. the womb and mom) can influence autism risk. These include the mother’s exposure to smoking or air pollution, her gaining excess weight, and whether she’s an older or teenage mom or there’s a large age gap between parents. Babies prematurely delivered also appear to have an increased risk of autism and other neurological conditions.

Again, there’s no one single cause of autism, just things that make someone more likely to develop it. But there are definitely factors we know probably don’t contribute to autism risk.

These include vaccines, whether a child was delivered through cesarean section, and most recently induced labor.

Supporting research centers and organizations such as I Care 4 Autism offers families hope as they have top experts and scientists dedicating themselves to finding the answers that parents are looking for. Until then we provide the support.

Link to Research:
http://www.medicaldaily.com/autism-2016-what-we-learned-about-asd-year-potential-causes-diagnosis-405771

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