For parents of children with autism, there have been many unresolved questions on how to best provide treatments for their child. Prior to pinpointing the effects of autism and being able to put a name to it, many children with autism were placed in institutions due to lack of information, research, and treatment.
Scientists are now stating that a specific extract from broccoli sprouts may be used to curb symptoms associated with autism, creating a first step in providing effective treatments.
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With the amount of autism diagnoses increasing in both the United States and internationally, researchers are examining just why this number has jumped so high. According to researchers, the dramatic climb in the number of children diagnosed with ASD is due to how the disorder is reported.
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A digital art vocational school is looking to improve the employment possibilities for young adults on the autism spectrum.
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An ongoing study is addressing the obstacles that individuals with ASD face as they enter the workforce, and bringing this significant issue to the attention of employers.
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Certain therapies are becoming increasingly more prevalent in the U.S., and internationally, due to the positive responses that they have received.
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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.
Applying lessons from the classroom to the “real world” can be a stretch for anyone, but autistic people in particular benefit from in-situ work experiences where they can develop the requisite social and job skills to gain and succeed in employment. A new program on an urban farm in Chicago does just that – and does it so well that the National Garden Bureau plans to fund therapeutic gardens nationwide.