Profiles in Brief – Jessa Melcer great high school athlete

Santa Cruz, California – Autistic Teen Jessa Melcer an major asset for her Soquel High girls water polo team. Melcer is the subject of a local paper report yesterday entitled: “Autism a blessing, curse for Soquel High water polo player Jessa Melcer” The article has been picked up and syndicated widely. The report provides an […]

15 year old autistic teen and family raising funds for service dog

Profiles in Brief – Help Marisa get her service dog. 15 year old Marisa Smith was only diagnosed with autism two years ago but has had serious developmental challenges since birth and the family has been raising funds for service dog.  Marisa says. “Dealing with people is hard. They’re not exactly as understanding as animals.” […]

Manchester Airport Autism Awareness Strategy

Preparing children with ASD for flying Manchester Airport first launched its Autism Awareness initiative back in 2009 to help support autistic children and their families when using the airport. The initiative has now been refreshed and includes a booklet and video which explains to children on the autistic spectrum what happens when they go to […]

Giant button, ‘Jenson’ hits Barrow-in-Furness to ‘Push for Action’ for People with Autism

A giant 2-ft button, nicknamed Jensen, who is the mascot of the National Autistic Society’s (NAS) ‘Push for Action’ campaign arrived in Barrow-in-Furness on Wednesday 23rd October. The campaign aims at improving support for adults with autism. The Furness NAS Branch hosted the awareness raising event in the Forum, Duke Street. Members of the public […]

Profile in Brief – Savannah Grace

Nashville, Tennessee -Young Singer Encouraging Special Needs Kids 13 Year old Savannah Grace is a young singer, actress and model hailing from Nashville who hopes to be the next super star to take on the world. She recently created her fist cover MashUp which is Katy Perry “Roar” Mashed with Sara Bareille’s “Brave”. Music and […]

Autistic artist Grand Manier “coolages” recycled puzzle pieces

Profiles in Brief – Grant Manier’s “quirky behaviors” created a business Grant Manier is an 18 year old young man who is using his talent as an artist to fund raise for the school that made a difference for him. Westview School in Houston is a private school for autistic children where his mother works […]

Gone Missing, Avonte Oquendo’s still missing but others are being found

Children from the ages of 4 to 7 with autism are 35% more likely to wander than neurotypical children. After almost four weeks, there remains little news on the location of 14 year old Avonte Oquendo. A teenager did take a picture of someone who resembles the missing teenager Tuesday.  The family  a acknowledges the similarities […]

Avonte Oquendo remains missing after almost one month

 News in Brief – Avonte Alert petition created Autism Daily Newscast has chosen not to report on the missing case of Avonte Oquendo unless significant new information can be reported. There is still no new clues to finding him. Amid concerns that perhaps Avonte is being held in order to obtain a large amount of money, […]

Forget Waldo – Where is Tikko, the stuffed bear travelling for autism?

Burlington, Canada –  Dorian Poe, Profiles in Brief Starting in January 2013 autistic Dorian Poe sent his Ganz Webkinz Polar Bear Tikko out into the world to raise funds for autism awareness. Dorian who is 10 years old and autistic has been encouraging people who are traveling far and wide to take his stuffed polar bear […]

Geocatching and Autism: A perfect match

Geocoaching helps those with autism get out of their shells What is geocatching? noun a form of treasure hunt using GPS, in which an item is hidden somewhere in the world and its coordinates posted on the Internet, so that GPS users can locate it. Toni Brown works Texas Parks and Wildlife as a systems analyst […]