Manning Apologizes for Leaking Documents: Are Autism Symptoms an Excuse?

Former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning apologized for leaking 750,000 secret documents to the WikiLeaks website in the hopes of receiving a lighter sentence for his espionage conviction. “I only wanted to help people, not hurt people,” he said. His sentence will be decided by Col. Denise Lind, the judge for the case, who […]

Advocates and Virginia lawmakers to discuss challenges adults with autism are facing today

Charlottesville, Va. — Autism advocates and lawmakers in Virginia are set to meet Sept. 28 to sit down and discuss the challenges that adults with autism spectrum disorder are facing. The advocates and lawmakers will be meeting in an activity-filled event, which will feature workshops, presentations, and informal networking sessions. Among the presenters in the […]

Illinois state panel wants to add autism, pain, PTSD to medical marijuana list

Springfield, Ill. — A state panel in Illinois recommended that patients with conditions such as autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, osteoarthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, and pain conditions be allowed to take medicinal marijuana. The Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory board voted to add to the state’s existing list of ailments that may qualify patients to medicinal marijuana […]

State to compensate $650,000 to teenager with autism

Salt Lake City — A 19-year-old with autism will be compensated by the state with nearly $650,000— four years after an incident where he had fallen off a school bus along Interstate 80. The then-15-year-old Brandon Wade fell after he removed his seatbelt and opened the school bus’s emergency exit, as the bus kept on […]

Oklahoma State University makes history with “I’m A-OK” initiative

Stillwater, Okla. — Oklahoma State University is making history through an initiative it started for individuals with autism. The university’s athletics started the initiative, called “I’m A-OK”, to accommodate fans with autism, and has recently teamed up with Autism Center of Tulsa’s Jennifer Sollars Miller in an effort to make watching football games an even […]

Nebraska should pay for treatments needed by children with ASD, says judge

Lancaster County, Neb. — A Lancaster County judge ruled Tuesday that the state of Nebraska must pay for the treatments needed by children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who are Medicaid-eligible. District Judge John Colborn decided in his 19-page order that the Nebraskan Department of Health and Human Services violated federal law through a policy […]

Ohio congress bans abortion of unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome

Columbus, Ohio — The Ohio House Committee on Community and Family Advancement voted in favor of a bill that bans abortion of unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome. The Ohio state legislative committee voted 9-3, with bipartisan support, in favor of the bill making the state the second in the U.S. to make abortion of […]

Clinical Trial in San Diego – African Sleeping Sickness treatment could treat autism

San Diego,CA – A new study to test whether African Sleeping Sickness treatment suramin can treat autism is about to be completed at the University of California’s San Diego School of Medicine. The phase 1 clinical trial will be lead by Robert K. Naviauk and will include 20 boys with autism between the ages of […]

Over 1000 schools in NY to be equipped with door alarms under “Avonte’s Law “

New York, NY – A new bill that will require over 1000 public schools throughout New York State to install door alarm systems in order to protect special needs students has been passed. The legislation, named Avonte’s Law, was initially introduced by both city council member Robert Cornegy Jr. and Dany Dromm, a chair of the […]

Virginia Governor wants change as state has highest record of students referred to police and court

Richmond, Va. — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants changes in policies in the state after it was found that Virginia has the most number of students being referred to police and courts than all other states in the U.S. Gov. McAuliffe has ordered his cabinet members to identify the root cause of the problem, and […]