Video to enhance social skills for autistic teens

Past studies have shown that the use of technology can assist in learning for individuals with autism. However, the use of video within a group setting had not previously been explored. Moreover, few interventions to help teenagers gain social skills have proven effective. Joshua Plavnick, assistant professor of special education at Michigan State University, and his […]

Mexican man with Aspergers wins the right to make his own decisions

A 25 year old man with an Aspergers diagnosis has won the right to make his own decisions regarding his life free from parental consent. Ricardo Aldair took his case to the Supreme Court, as under Mexican law, he was did not have the right to make key decisions about his future. Under Mexican law, […]

Missing autistic boy, Avonte Oquendo – Update

Efforts continue in the search for 14 year old Avonte Oquendo who went missing on October 4th from his school.  The family and community remain positive and no tip or idea is left unexamined. Oquendo’s grandmother Doris McCoy is convinced someone has her grandson and that he is still alive: “Please bring him back, don’t […]

New data collection procedure to assist in treatment of autism

Modernization breeds the desire for effective treatment in the cheapest manner possible. One of the main challenges is the lack of integration of various data sets that are available for further research and development. Dr. Isaac Kohane of Harvard Medical School and his research team have developed a method to send out queries to various electronic […]

Moscow hosts forum on autism

International Forum Every Child Deserves a Family is being held from October 14-17th in Moscow, Russia. This is the second annual event. The topic of this year’s forum is “Autism: Effective methods of providing assistance to people with autism spectrum disorders. Experience in Russia and abroad”. It is expected to be attended by more than […]

CureMark preparing for the submission of treatment for autism: enzyme replacement therapy

CureMark, a New York based company has raised $18.5 million to aid its preparation for a new treatment that they believe will answer some of the problems regarding autism. Claiming to be the pioneer in researching and testing of the condition’s underlying physiology, CureMark posits that one of the major elements that comprise autism is a […]

Fears for education of Autistic children in Pembrokeshire, UK

There are fears that some children with suspected Autism are missing out on early intervention and specialist education because they are not being diagnosed early enough. The Hywel Dda health board in Pembrokeshire, Wales, have 340 children on their waiting lists to be assessed, and figures obtained by the BBC that out of the 4,000 […]

Researchers in Maine receive $1.2 million grant for autism study

Dr. Matthew Siegel, of Maine Health’s Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook will direct the autism research, which will also include hospitals in Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Baltimore, Colorado and Pittsburgh. This is considered a coo for Maine as most funding goes to the bigger universities. The grant is from the Simons Foundation and the NLM […]

Jon Stewart of The Daily Show boosts sales of book on autism

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida jumped to  No. 2 from No. 556 on Amazon, more than a month after its release, the day after a guest appearance by co-translator David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas) on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Stewart says on the show, which aired […]

Search continues for missing autistic boy now in its second week.

UPDATE Fourteen year old Avonte Oquendo of Queens, New York remains missing despite increase efforts to locate his whereabouts. The $5,000 reward offered by a local law firm, Mayerson & Associates, for his safe return has been doubled to $10,000. His brother Daniel Oquendo, Jr., said “I know they’re going through hours and hours of surveillance, so […]