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  1. #AutismMatters Campaign Pushes to Mandate Insur...

    February 12, 2016- "#AutismMatters Campaign Pushes to Mandate Insurance Coverage for Autism Therapies in Alabama"- The Autism Society of Alabama has recently launched a social media campaign and petition to spread awareness and promote autism insurance coverage legislation with #AutismMatters. Alabama is just one of 7 states that does not provide insurance coverage for autism intervention. Advocates from the Autism Society of Alabama plan to present their concerns to state legislators in person on March 15th in Montgomery.

    • Feb 15 2016 02:47 PM
    • by brian
  2. USA Studying Potential Environmental Link to Au...

    December 27, 2015- "USA Studying Potential Environmental Link to Autism"- Researchers from universities in Alabama and Texas are studying what roles genetics and environmental toxins may play in the development of autism. The project has finished its recruitment of children with autism and is now allocating children without the disorder as a control. The study will observe how genes are manipulated by environmental toxins, potentially leading to the development of the disorder.

    • Dec 28 2015 03:25 PM
    • by brian
  3. Reading Program Improves Brain Connectivity in...

    June 24, 2015- "Reading Program Improves Brain Connectivity in Students with Autism"- According to two recent small studies, a reading program that capitalizes on the strengths of students with autism both improves their comprehension and establishes new connections between areas of the brain involved in understanding and language. The program being studied encourages students to visualize images when they read and hear language. Using fMRI technology, the investigators report seeing significantly increased brain activation and connectivity between two of the brain’s core language areas. Moreover, this increased activity and connectivity corresponded to the amount of improvement each student showed in reading comprehension.  

    • Jun 25 2015 12:29 PM
    • by brian
  4. ID Cards Helping Police Interact with Drivers w...

    June 12, 2015- "ID Cards Helping Police Interact with Drivers with Autism"- Drivers in Alabama are benefiting from autism ID cards, which help them to identify themselves as on the spectrum to officers and other emergency responders. Individuals on the spectrum may not respond well to loud noises and the bright, flashing lights that accompany an emergency response situation. Through the autism ID card, Alabama residents with autism can demonstrate they are on the spectrum, preventing an officer from misinterpreting their behavior as dangerous or uncooperative.

    • Jun 15 2015 01:00 PM
    • by brian
  5. 'Downstream' Inflammation Discovered in...

    December 18, 2014- "'Downstream' Inflammation Discovered in Autism"- In the largest RNA sequencing of brain tissue from persons with autism that have been conducted to date have discovered that the brains of individuals with autism have an overactive inflammatory process related to microglial cells, relative to persons with autism. Researchers are interested in this discovery because this common feature found in autism brain may lead to a broad treatment of symptoms without needing to know the underlying cause of each individual’s disorder.

    • Dec 22 2014 10:47 AM
    • by brian
  6. See 15,000-piece Lego Model of Madison County C...

    December 14, 2014- "See 15,000-piece Lego Model of Madison County Courthouse, more Downtown Buildings from Weekend's Brick Blast"-  A recent Brick Blast in Huntsville, Alabama was not the result of a building demolition, but instead is the name given to the Tennessee Valley Lego Club’s biggest annual event in which 15,000-pieces of Legos were carefully snapped together to create a model of downtown Huntsville. The event drew about 500 on-lookers and the proceeds went to benefit Making Connections, a local, parent-led support network for families in the area. The event also included a hands-on activity center, where children on the spectrum could let their imaginations run wild as they completed their own Lego creations. One of the events’ highlights included a functioning Star Wars Imperial Walker created by Michael Lowder, who is on the autism spectrum. A video of his awesome creation is available for viewing within this article.

    • Dec 16 2014 10:29 AM
    • by brian
  7. Students Build App for Children with Autism

    November 21, 2013- "Students Build App for Children with Autism"- Three University of Alabama undergraduate students have developed an app that aids in teaching autistic children to recognize facial emotions and are receiving national recognition for their work. The trio developed an app that is composed of three segments: a learning portion, a quiz portion, and a portion where students can play Charades with their peers to demonstrate that they can recognize facial emotions. The app is unique in that it is designed to be used in social situations and it also measures the apps effectiveness.

    • Nov 22 2013 11:40 AM
    • by brian
  8. Research Finds Brain Scans may Aid in Diagnosis...

    October 17, 2013- "Research Finds Brain Scans may Aid in Diagnosis of Autism"- Research out of Alabama indicates that brain scans show signs of autism that could eventually support behavior-based diagnosis of autism and effective early intervention therapies. The investigators found that brain connectivity data from 19 paths in brain scans predicted whether the patients had autism, with an accuracy rate of 95.9 percent.

    • Oct 18 2013 09:01 AM
    • by brian
  9. Finding New Sanctuary: Autism Program Moving fr...

    August 21, 2013- "Finding New Sanctuary: Autism Program Moving from Church to Downtown Building Under Renovation"- Arts n’ Autism started in 2004 as a once-a-week after-school program with eight elementary-age kids who had autism. The school has grown to serve about 50 children, ages 3 to 21, and the program is offered after school every weekday. The program is now looking to expand and move into a newly renovated building, but must fundraise $100,000 to complete the project. The program also has hopes to create a full-day preschool, respite night activities for parents, and a playground on the property.

    • Aug 22 2013 09:03 AM
    • by brian
  10. Autism Run a Success, Akins Pleased

    August 8, 2013- "Autism Run a Success, Akins Pleased"- Courtney Akins has a son with autism which prompted her to organize the annual Autism 5K in Town Creek. The event, which is in its second year, included more than 120 runners who helped to raise an estimated $3,500.

    • Aug 09 2013 08:42 AM
    • by brian
  11. Mobile Man Makes Cross-Country Ride for Autism...

    July 16, 2013- "Mobile Man Makes Cross-Country Ride for Autism Awareness"- Mobile, Alabama native Jerre Brimer is biking across the country to raise awareness and funds for autism. Brimer is halfway through his 10,000 mile journey to benefit The Learning Tree, Inc. To date, the trip has generated $141,000 for the organization.

    • Jul 17 2013 11:40 AM
    • by brian
  12. SAFE Program Aims to Protect Autistic Kids and...

    July 16, 2013- "SAFE Program Aims to Protect Autistic Kids and Adults"- The Alabama Council for disabilities has awarded the Autism Society $25,000 to develop the SAFE program. The program seeks to create databases with local sheriff’s offices to helps officers approach those with autism. The program hopes to expand the Lifesaver program by offering tracking devices to families with autistic children or adults in all Alabama counties.

    • Jul 17 2013 10:20 AM
    • by brian
  13. Walkers, Runners Give Boost to Research, Aid fo...

    April 14, 2013- "Walkers, Runners Give Boost to Research, Aid for Developmental Conditions"- Nearly 300 people spent their past Saturday morning walking or running to raise money for autism awareness and The Little Tree preschool in Jacksonville. The Little Tree program offers a $400 curriculum for children to be taught by master’s-level teachers, while similar programs can cost up to $1,750 in the state of Florida.

    • Apr 15 2013 10:53 AM
    • by brian
  14. Yahnira Backus: East Events Raising Autism Awar...

    March 26, 2013- "Yahnira Backus: East Events Raising Autism Awareness"- The Annual Autism Mudbug Ball will raise proceeds to assist autism programs provided by Easter Seals Central Alabama for families in the River Region. The event planners aim to cook 2500 pounds of fresh crawfish, 200 pounds of smoke sausage, mushrooms, and corn on the cob. Live music will also be featured at the Montgomery, Alabama event.  

    • Mar 28 2013 11:42 AM
    • by brian
  15. Variety Holds Annual AWARE Walk for Autism at P...

    March 15, 2013- "Variety Holds Annual AWARE Walk for Autism at Plymouth Meeting Mall"- The seventh annual AWARE Walk was the reason hundreds of people flocked to the Plymouth Meeting Mall last Sunday to help raise funds and spread awareness for autism.  Besides the walk, the event included appearances by several Sesame Street characters, a face painting station, and a person making balloon hats.

    • Mar 18 2013 10:27 AM
    • by brian
  16. Walk for Autism Scheduled for April 6 at Tuscal...

    March 12, 2013- "Walk for Autism Scheduled for April 6 at Tuscaloosa Magnet School"- A two-mile awareness walk is set of April 6 at The Tuscaloosa Magnet School in Alabama. “Walk for Autism” begins at 9:30 on April 6 and all proceeds will go to benefit the Autism Society of Alabama.  

    • Mar 15 2013 08:36 AM
    • by brian
  17. 2013 Hope for Autism Gala

    February 27, 2013- "2013 Hope for Autism Gala"- The Riley Behavioral & Educational Center is hosting the 6th Annual Hope for Autism Gala and Silent Auction to raise funds to provide comprehensive services using a multidisciplinary approach to fulfill the urgent need for earlier diagnosis and treatment for children faced with autism and their families.  

    • Apr 16 2013 11:29 AM
    • by brian
  18. Lend A Hand: Arts 'n Autism Holds Stand-Up...

    February 24. 2013- "Lend A Hand: Arts 'n Autism Holds Stand-Up Comedy Fundraiser for Program"- The Arts ‘n Autism Stand-Up for Autism fundraiser asks only that their participants show up ready to have a good time and laugh. Proceeds from Stand-Up for Autism will be used to fund scholarships for kids in the program. Besides comedians, the event will also feature food, a cash bar, and an auction.  

    • Feb 26 2013 03:59 PM
    • by brian
  19. Five Things to Know Today: Autism Resource Fair...

    February 21, 2013- "Five Things to Know Today: Autism Resource Fair, Lit-Fest and More"- The Autism Resource Fair is among the events happening Friday, February 21 in Montgomery County, Alabama.  Persons interested in participating in the Autism Resource Fair can come to Penndale Middle School from 6:30 P.M to 8:30 P.M. to meet with vendors in advocacy, behavior health, community resources, camps, social skills groups and more.

    • Apr 15 2013 09:30 AM
    • by brian
  20. ARC to Begin Offering Autism Diagnostic Testing

    February 19, 2013- "ARC to Begin Offering Autism Diagnostic Testing"- Staff at the Arc’s Children’s Services program are currently undergoing training on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), which many consider to be the gold standard of diagnostic testing. A 5k run will be held to benefit the Arc’s Children Services.  

    • Apr 12 2013 11:56 AM
    • by brian
  21. Stand Up for Autism Comedy Night set for March...

    February 19, 2013- "Stand Up for Autism Comedy Night set for March 1 at Bama Theatre"- The Stand Up for Autism, a comedy event benefiting the Arts ‘n Autism, will take place at the Bama Theatre on March 1 at 7 P.M. The event will feature three comics and a live auction with proceeds benefiting the Arts ‘n Autism, an after school program for children and young adults with autism.  

    • Apr 12 2013 11:54 AM
    • by brian
  22. With Alabama Outpacing Nation in Autism Cases,...

    February 5, 2013- "With Alabama Outpacing Nation in Autism Cases, State Coordinator Seek More Funding for Care and Support"- Alabama is among the nation’s leaders in diagnosing individuals with autism as the state saw a 517 percent increase in ASD cases in residents aged 3 to 21 from the year 2000 to 2010. Anna McConnell, the state autism coordinator for the Alabama Department of Mental Health, recently shared the progress the state of Alabama has accomplished and state’s future plans regarding the disorder. She encourages supporters to attend Autism Legislative in Montgomery on February 26.

    • Apr 10 2013 09:32 AM
    • by brian
  23. River Region Rollergirls to Host Iron Roll Auti...

    January 4, 2012- "River Region Rollergirls to Host Iron Roll Autism Benefit Jan. 12 in Montgomery"- The third annual Iron Roll autism benefit's proceeds will go to the A. Skate Foundation, which provides skateboarding clinics for individuals with autism. The benefit will feature skaters from all over the state of Alabama.

    • Apr 03 2013 10:35 AM
    • by brian
  24. Auburn Firefighters Complete Autism Training Pr...

    November 28, 2012- "Auburn Firefighters Complete Autism Training Program (VIDEO)"- This article and accompanying news report details how the Auburn Fire Department has created an autism database so that when first responders are called to the homes of families with an individual on the autism spectrum they will know to implement their specialized training.

    • Mar 26 2013 02:24 PM
    • by brian
  25. Auburn Fire Dept. Start Autism Response Program

    October 5, 2012- "Auburn Fire Dept. Start Autism Response Program"-The Auburn Fire Department as launched an autism database that will alert emergency responders if a registered member of the database requires assistance so that they can attend to them in specific ways, for example turning off sirens and lights that could trigger sensory overload.

    • Jan 25 2013 05:15 PM
    • by brian