Petition urges Cross Country trains to change their policy regarding special needs

A petition has been  started to urge Cross Country trains to change and review their policy after a number of special needs children were allegedly made to sit outside a toilet on a journey from Edinburgh to Lanarkshire. The train was reportedly full as the 10 children, aged from four upwards, had been on a […]

How Will Obamacare Affect Autism Coverage?

As any family raising a child with autism knows all too well, the medical costs required to get these children the help they need are staggering. A study by the London School of Economics found that autism-related health costs have tripled since 2006, to $126 billion per year. They also estimate that the total cost […]

Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation Foundation is Crowned Worst Charity in America

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation, based in Schererville, Indiana, has been caught spending large sums of cash on for-profit solicitation companies. The foundation was founded in 2007 and is currently run by Michael Slutsky. According to the origination’s website, it strives to educate the public regarding autism and to provide families and community organizations with […]

Number of children with on with ASD up in British Columbia

Vancouver, Canada — The number of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the Canadian British Columbia has multiplied over the years, despite the fact the number of gifted children in the province has decreased considerably. According to figures published by the Vancouver Sun, the number of children with autism in B.C. is now at […]

Jack Pitney: ‘Autism politics is like faculty politics on crystal meth’

Claremont, Calif. — “Autism politics is like faculty politics on crystal meth,” says Claremont Mackenna College Professor Jack Pitney. Pitney is the author of a book entitled “The Politics of Autism: Navigating the Contested Spectrum,” which talks about how autism has become a victim of politicking as aspiring politicians try to weigh in on what […]

Teen with Asperger’s creates documentary to inspire children with autism

Glenview, Ill. — An 18-year-old with Asperger’s Syndrome is determined to create a documentary aimed at helping others like him. Connor Olen was inspired to create the documentary after experiencing firsthand the struggles that individuals on the spectrum have to face— when he auditioned for a school play and didn’t get in — due to […]

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 […]

Nevada autism groups question ‘inadequate’ salaries for workers of new autism program

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Members of four autism groups representing parents caring for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Nevada have expressed concern over what they believe is ‘inadequate’ salaries of workers for Nevada’s new autism program. The parents fear that the new initiative, which is set to begin Jan. 1 next year, might […]

War of Words Over NJ’s Affordable-Housing Needs Sparked by Two New Reports

New Jersey’s always contentious affordable-housing scene got even more charged with the release a week ago Monday of two reports by the New Jersey State League of Municipalities that question the validity and practicality of obligations calculated by advocates earlier this year. Current support systems need to be expanded, and new options considered. Families need to […]

Protesters claim autism advocacy group is not what it seems

Vancouver — A group of protesters showed up at a walk organized to raise money for non-profit organization Autism Speaks at the Swangard Stadium in Burnaby. The protesters were claiming that the non-profit organization is doing more harm than good to individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s Alanna Whitney, who was […]