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  1. Glendale High School Football Player Honored at...

    January 31, 2015- "Glendale High School Football Player Honored at Tempe Event"- The HollyRod Foundation and Autism Speaks recently presented their “Super Kid” award to Vincent Stover, a senior lineman at Glendale High School, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 4. His success in sports and academics allowed him to become eligible for this award, the second he has received this year after being voted “Most Inspirational Player” by his football teammates.  

    • Feb 02 2015 03:03 PM
    • by brian
  2. Entrepreneur Finds Success with Energy Bars

    December 27, 2014- "Entrepreneur Finds Success with Energy Bars"- John Dalen is non-verbal and has autism, but that didn’t stop him and his mother from starting their own business. The pair created “Essential Energy Bars,” which are gluten free, low in unhealthy fats and sugars, and come in eco-friendly recycled packaging. John communicates with his mother and others through the assistance of a cut out keyboard. Their business is a small operation, but John already has plans for expansion with a granola product on his “to-do” list.

    • Dec 29 2014 02:26 PM
    • by brian
  3. Autism Early Detection Program Expands

    September 14, 2014- "Autism Early Detection Program Expands"- Yesterday we posted an article discussing some future autism-related research projects being carried out through the NIMH. One project, called Get SET Early, will focus on getting early screening and services for children at age one. The $5.1 million project will start in Phoenix, which has one of the oldest average ages of ASD detection in the country (about age 5), according to a recent survey. The project will first consist of a screening stage in which clinicians regularly screen children at 12, 18, and 24 months of age. In the second, or Evaluation stage, toddlers who may have ASD are immediately referred to local clinics that specialize in ASD for more detailed information. The final stage will consist of treatment, which has been found to work significantly better when used on the child as early as possible.

    • Sep 16 2014 09:18 AM
    • by brian
  4. 20,000 Walkers Generate $1.5 Million for a...

    November 1, 2013- "20,000 Walkers Generate $1.5 Million for autism Research"- A record setting 20,000 walkers, including individuals with autism, their families, and friends, helped raise awareness for autism at Tempe Beach Park in Arizona. Sprouts Family Market, which sponsors the event, announced on walk day that the company raised over $1.15 million for the walk with the help of its vendors.

    • Nov 04 2013 12:06 PM
    • by brian
  5. Autism Linked to Decreased Microbe Diversity in...

    July 3, 2013- "Autism Linked to Decreased Microbe Diversity in the Gut: Study"- Recent research that focused on the bacterial analysis of children with autism found that children with autism had significantly fewer types of gut bacteria and had significantly lower amounts of three critical bacteria, Prevotella, Coprococcus, and Veillonellaceae. Overall, the subjects with autism had less bacterial diversity in their gut than controls did. This study may be important for confirming that ‘distinct abnormalities’ of gut microflora are present in children with ASD.

    • Jul 05 2013 09:34 AM
    • by brian
  6. Children with Autism have Higher Levels of Toxi...

    April 30, 2013- "Children with Autism have Higher Levels of Toxic Metals in Blood and Urine"- Research done on 55 children with autism and 44 controls at Arizona State University suggests that children with autism have significantly higher levels of lead, thallium, tin, and tungsten in their blood and urine. Additionally, researchers found that 38 to 47 percent of the variation of autism severity was associated with the level of several toxic metals, cadmium and mercury being the most prevalent.

    • May 01 2013 10:31 AM
    • by brian
  7. App Aims for Faster Autism Diagnosis

    April 13, 2013- "App Aims for Faster Autism Diagnosis"- The Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center is working to develop a new smartphone application that can quicken the time it takes for a child to receive a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, which can take as long as 6 months due to a shortage of autism specialist across the country. The Naturalistic Observation Diagnostic Assessment could shorten the diagnostic process and is being funded with a $2.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The article continues to discuss precisely how the app will work to quicken autism diagnosis.

    • Apr 15 2013 11:24 AM
    • by brian
  8. Hereford Nonprofit Offers a Ray of Hope in the...

    March 17, 2013- "Hereford Nonprofit Offers a Ray of Hope in the Gloom of Autism"-   Echoing Hope Ranch will soon provide a place for adult individuals on the autism spectrum to participate in enrichment and job training programs. The program will provide a place for adults with autism to live, but can only serve a small fraction of the about 500,000 children with autism who will become adults in the next decade.

    • Mar 18 2013 09:42 AM
    • by brian
  9. Phoenix Autism Researchers Developing Tool for Web

    March 5, 2013- "Phoenix Autism Researchers Developing Tool for Web"- Researchers at the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SAARC) in Phoenix are working on technology that could speed up the diagnosis of autism. The SAARC has partnered with Behavior Imaging Solutions and Georgia Tech to develop and online platform and app that will help parents connect with specialists.

    • Mar 18 2013 08:59 AM
    • by brian
  10. Toxic Metal Levels Linked to Autism

    February 28, 2013- "Toxic Metal Levels Linked to Autism"- New research has found that children with autism had higher levels of several heavy metals in their blood and urine compared to typical children. The study found that the individuals with autism had higher levels of lead, thallium, tin, and tungsten, which are all toxic metals that can impair brain development and function.

    • Apr 16 2013 11:39 AM
    • by brian
  11. Sprouts Farmers Markets Kicks off Autism Speaks...

    February 27, 2013- "Sprouts Farmers Markets Kicks off Autism Speaks Campaign"- Sprouts Farmers Markets is participating in the Annual Prize Piece campaigns sponsored by Autism Speaks to raise funds for autism research and resources. In the last two years, the Phoenix-based grocery chain has raised $308,000 and $400,000 the past two years, respectively.  

    • Apr 16 2013 11:28 AM
    • by brian
  12. Study: Lead Exposure can Cause Autism

    February 26, 2013- "Study: Lead Exposure can Cause Autism"- Researchers at Arizona State University have found that there is a direct correlation between higher toxic metal exposures and the severity of autism symptoms. Specifically, the study found that individuals with the disorder carried 74% more lead in their systems than control subjects, and 115% for tin.  

    *Original article no longer available on source

    • Jun 07 2013 11:24 AM
    • by brian
  13. Valley Family Seeks Help for Autism Therapy Dog

    November 21, 2012- "Valley Family Seeks Help for Autism Therapy Dog"- Dog therapy, an expensive treatment for individuals on the autism spectrum, involves thousands of hours of dog training so that the canine can spot seizures, curb destructive and repetitive behaviors, and help children on the autism spectrum. The Bryan family has a child with autism and hopes to raise the necessary $22,000 to adopt of one of these specially trained dogs for their household.

    • Mar 26 2013 01:18 PM
    • by brian
  14. Autistic Man Thrives Working at Arizona Cafe

    November 24, 2012- "Autistic Man Thrives Working at Arizona Cafe"- The article discusses the impending influx of individuals on the autism spectrum who will be looking for work in the coming years and the success story of Jon Sonneveldt who was able to secure a job as a barista at the Beneficial Beans Café run by the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC).

    • Mar 26 2013 01:38 PM
    • by brian
  15. Arizona Student with Special Needs Avoids Bulli...

    November 6, 2012- "Arizona Student with Special Needs Avoids Bullies with Protection of Football Team"- Chy Johnson is a freshman in high school with a brain disorder, which has made her an easy target for nasty and excessive bullying. Her savior and protector Chad Jones, a senior and quarterback of the football team, has taken upon himself to make sure bullying against Ms. Johnson ceases. With the help of his teammates, Jones and company have successfully deterred any bullies from picking on Chy again.

    • Mar 20 2013 11:12 AM
    • by brian