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  1. New Device Created by Students to Help Children...

    December 14, 2015- "New Device Created by Students to Help Children with Autism"- Students at Purdue set out to “help children with autism improve their independence” with a prototype device called HEARD. The handheld educational device helps children and other individuals with autism develop communication skills. HEARD is different from other communication tools because it allows children to communicate through pictures using radio frequency identification cards or RFIDs. The team of students won $5,000 for this semester’s challenge, beating out 14 other teams.

    • Dec 15 2015 09:52 AM
    • by brian
  2. Purude's SPEAKall App Wins National Award f...

    July 13, 2015- "Purdue's SPEAKall App Wins National Award for Autism Research"-  Oliver Wendt, Assistant professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Purdue, recently received the 2015 Outstanding Research of the Year Award from the Autism Society. Wendt and his team at SPEAKMODALities developed a smart phone app that helps to teach speech and social skills to kids with autism. The app has already been downloaded more than 30,000 times and is available via iTunes and Google Play.

    • Jul 16 2015 10:22 AM
    • by brian
  3. Families of Children with Autism Deliver Petiti...

    July 10, 2015- "Families of Children with Autism Deliver Petition with 10k Signatures to Anthem"-  A group of advocates have gathered more than 10,000 signatures on a petition calling for Anthem, Indiana’s largest insurance company, to provide more autism therapy for children on the spectrum. In many cases, the insurance company makes the tired claim that ABA is not “medically necessary.”

    • Jul 13 2015 11:35 AM
    • by brian
  4. Girl with Autism Helps Save Family from House Fire

    December 6, 2014- "Girl with Autism Helps Save Family from House Fire"-  A recent fire caused by an electric blanket in Madison County in Indiana nearly claimed the lives of the Hall family. Sissy Hall, one of three daughters of Ray Hall, has autism and limited communication abilities, but was the first to alert the family of the smoke and fire. The family lost their house in the fire, but they were safely moved to a fire rescue home for the foreseeable future. A link to a fundraiser for the Hall family is available at the end of this article.

    • Dec 08 2014 03:41 PM
    • by brian
  5. Elkhart Memorial Football Senior with Autism is...

    September 21, 2014- "Elkhart Memorial Football Senior with Autism is more Worthy of Playing Time than Others"- Dustin Ellsworth is hands down the most enthusiastic member of the Elkhart Memorial football team. Dustin, who is on the autism spectrum, was unable to contain his excitement when his teammates won their first game of the season, causing him to shed tears of joy. Dustin has been called the heart of the team by one teammate and is sure to do whatever the coaches ask to benefit the team.  Dustin’s effort was recently rewarded with some playing time, although if Dustin had his way he would be in there on every play, both sides of the ball.

    • Sep 23 2014 09:41 AM
    • by brian
  6. Notre Dame Players Helped an Autistic Child Hav...

    July 10, 2014- "Notre Dame Players Helped an Autistic Child Have the Best Time at Football Camp"- Jake Herzig is a 10-year-old boy who was recently diagnosed with autism. He has attended the Notre Dame football camp for the last three years along with about 600 other children. Recently, Jake’s father developed a bond with Notre Dame offensive lineman Steve Elmer and asked him to meet with his son. Elmer happily obliged and met with Jake a week before camp to hone his skills. Elmer’s sociability seemed to have rubbed off because Jake, who spent the last two years at camp hidden amongst the crowd, talked, joked, and mingled with his peers at camp for the first time.

    • Jul 17 2014 10:14 AM
    • by brian
  7. Autism Industry on Edge

    June 19, 2014- "Autism Industry on Edge"-  Dramatic changes in insurance policies in regards to autism has caused families and service providers to suffer in the state of Indiana. The state’s largest health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, cut payments 40 percent and took a harder line on paying for therapy-age children.  For many therapists, the Anthem changes began two years ago, when the insurer said children age 7 and older need to receive a chunk of their autism therapy from public schools, as state and federal laws for disabled Americans requires. The article concludes with a detailed breakdown of the state’s insurance policy for ABA treatments.

    • Jun 23 2014 09:39 AM
    • by brian
  8. High School Senior Class Crowns Two Students Wi...

    February 12, 2014- "High School Senior Class Crowns Two Students With Autism Homecoming King and Queen"- Tri-West High School recently named two students with autism as part of a group of 16 homecoming kings and queens. During a recent halftime show during a basketball game, the paired were officially given their crowns.

    • Feb 14 2014 11:18 AM
    • by brian
  9. CHICA Automated System Improves Autism Screenin...

    November 15, 2013- "CHICA Automated System Improves Autism Screening Rate"- An automated system, the Child Health Improvement through Computer Automation system (CHICA), helps pediatricians focus on the specific health needs of each patient in the short time allotted for preventive care and improves autism screening rates by identifying at-risk children at the 24-month visit. Open-source CHICA can potentially interface with any electronic medical record system and has supported the care of more than 36,000 patients since its 2004 implementation for pediatric care and disease management at community clinics. At each visit, CHICA produces a 20-question prescreening form personalized to the patient, linked to the child’s electronic medical record and completed by parents in the waiting room. At the 24-month visit, CHICA produces a standard autism screening instrument that is automatically scored. If concerns are raised, the physician receives an alert to verify and make a referral for further testing and/or early intervention.

    • Nov 18 2013 11:28 AM
    • by brian
  10. IU Study of Gaze Patterns in Autism Uses Semi-N...

    November 13, 2013- "IU Study of Gaze Patterns in Autism Uses Semi-Naturalistic Approach -- and Episode of 'The Office'"- An Indiana University study has examined the viewing patterns of adults with autism and compared them to people without autism. The study found that gaze patterns among those with autism were surprisingly similar to one another and different from the control group. Researchers used eye-tracking devices that measure the location of participant’s eye gaze 300 times per second to record eye movement and gaze patterns of 20 individuals with autism and 34 control participants without autism as they watched a 22-minute episode of “The Office.

    • Nov 15 2013 02:03 PM
    • by brian
  11. New Way to Study Movement Could Yield Autism Tr...

    September 27, 2013- "New Way to Study Movement Could Yield Autism Treatments"- When conducting a task over and over again you will undergo movements distinctly unique from each previous time. Researchers have developed a statistical model to quantify this variability in movement, which can be applied to the study and treatment of very young children with autism. Researchers are using sensors that can take 240 movements per second to precisely quantify the speed of the person, the acceleration of movement, how the area of the body attached to sensor moves, and if it moves randomly or purposefully.

    • Sep 30 2013 09:32 AM
    • by brian
  12. Autism Unable to Stop Football Player from Achi...

    September 19, 2013- "Autism Unable to Stop Football Player from Achieving Dream"- Zachary Stemann was diagnosed with autism at 18 months old and will be proudly taking the field this season as a member of his high school football team. Zachary's mother always believed in his dream and he has used the opportunity to play football to convert some the former bullies who used to make fun of him in the past to friends and supporters.

    • Sep 24 2013 06:06 PM
    • by brian
  13. Children with Autism Dare to Dream

    June 19, 2013- "Children with Autism Dare to Dream"- The Dare to Dream Youth Ranch day camp allows children with autism to learn how to ride a horse, and in turn build confidence. The organization has hopes of expanding and provides one-on-one lessons to children and adults when the camp isn’t in session.  

    • Jun 20 2013 10:12 AM
    • by brian
  14. Research to Helps Identify Autism in Young Chil...

    May 29, 2013- "Research to Helps Identify Autism in Young Children"- New research at Purdue University is looking to explore in-depth the developmental trajectory of early risk factors of autism in infants. Known as the Early Autism Identification Study, researchers monitor the progress of babies 6 to 19 months of age who have an older sibling already diagnosed with any autism spectrum disorder.

    • May 30 2013 09:41 AM
    • by brian
  15. Autism Rates Rising in Indiana

    May 27, 2013- "Autism Rates Rising in Indiana"- Like the rest of the nation, Indiana’s autism rates have been rising and are currently at 1 in 83 children by the most recent count. Again, like the rest of the nation, advocates in Indiana are wondering if the rise in autism diagnosis is a result of better awareness and diagnosis or if it stems from an actual rise in occurrence.

    • May 28 2013 12:23 PM
    • by brian
  16. Apps May Help Children Affect by Severe, Non-Ve...

    May 22, 2013- "Apps May Help Children Affect by Severe, Non-Verbal Autism to Communicate"- SPEAK all! is an iPad app that helps children communicate by using photos and symbols that represent what they wish to say and helps them to construct sentences. The app helps children with autism communicate by speaking the word or sentence, which allows a child to communicate a thought and reinforces the word to help the child learn its meaning.

    *Original article no longer available on source

    • Aug 22 2013 01:26 PM
    • by brian
  17. Purdue Seeks Infant for Child Autism Study

    May 15, 2013- "Purdue Seeks Infant for Child Autism Study"- Researchers at Purdue University are seeking infant siblings of children with autism for a new study on the disorder. Participants must be between six and 18 months of age with a sibling on the autism spectrum and must be able to visit Purdue’s Developmental Studies Laboratory every three to six months until each child is 2 ½ years old.

    • May 21 2013 10:04 AM
    • by brian
  18. Parents Say Son is Cured of Autism Thanks to Ex...

    April 30, 2013- "Parents Say Son is Cured of Autism Thanks to Extensive Behavior Training"- Sawyer Burgett was diagnosed with autism at 2-years-old, but has since lost his autism diagnosis due to extensive ABA therapy. At 8-years-old Sawyer is beginning mainstream class in public schools and continues to make progress. Their parents claim that individuals who meet their child now would be unable to tell that he was ever once diagnosed with the disorder.

    • May 02 2013 11:38 AM
    • by brian
  19. Parents Turn Grief Into Helping Those With Autism

    April 14, 2013- "Parents Turn Grief Into Helping Those With Autism"- Logan Melin is a six-year-old nonverbal girl on the autism spectrum whose parents moved to Lafayette from Monticello in 2011 to provide her with therapy. Her parents are organizing a fundraiser for the Lafayette treatment center to help provide better treatments to the area.

    *Article taken offline by original source

    • May 15 2013 11:42 AM
    • by brian
  20. Autistic Teen Crafts 'Unique' Aim for A...

    April 8, 2013- "Autistic Teen Crafts 'Unique' Aim for Advocacy"- Victoria Lvoins is an 18-year-old high school student with autism who was fed up with what she perceived as negative portrayals of autism on television so much so that she launched a “I Am Unique” T-shirt campaign. After obtaining a grant, she was able to sell the shirts to benefit the Indiana-based Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation.

    • Apr 09 2013 08:26 AM
    • by brian
  21. Hooley for Autism Fundraiser "Rocks" th...

    April 6, 2013- "Hooley for Autism Fundraiser "Rocks" the Awareness Movement"- Proceeds from the LOGAN Center’s “Hooley for Autism” fundraiser benefit will go to the Sonya Ansari Center for Autism in Indiana. Participants will have a chance to listen to live music and take in a special performance by the Norte Dame and Saint Mary’s Irish Dance team.

    • Apr 08 2013 09:56 AM
    • by brian
  22. Expo Raises Awareness about Autism

    March 24, 2013- "Expo Raises Awareness about Autism"- A recent expo in Carmel, Indiana allowed local families to learn about the disorder and help raise awareness. The Autism Society of Indiana’s Autism Expo is held every year at different state locations.

    • Mar 25 2013 12:28 PM
    • by brian
  23. Boone Grove's Andrew Vannatter Wrestles wit...

    January 19, 2013- "Boone Grove's Andrew Vannatter Wrestles with Autism"- Adam Vannatter, a high school student who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 5, has recently completed his second season of wrestling at Boone Grove High School in Indiana. Vannatter was reserved to wrestle at first due to early morning practices and the amount of running, but found he enjoyed engaging in the physical aspect of the sport.  

    • Apr 04 2013 03:00 PM
    • by brian
  24. Parents Concerned about Autism Funding for Adults

    January 3, 2013- "Parents Concerned about Autism Funding for Adults"- The article uses real world examples of young adults with autism to detail the dysmal state of affairs relating to the adult programs for individuals on the autism spectrum.

    • Apr 02 2013 09:40 AM
    • by brian
  25. Parkview Huntington to Create Autism Center

    October 30, 2012- "Parkview Huntington to Create Autism Center"- The Parkview Huntington Health System recently announced plans to develop a comprehensive center for the treatment of autism. The center, which is set to open in early 2013, will consist of two facilities. One facility will focus on physical and occupational rehabilitation services, while the other will focus on education, cognitive, and behavioral therapy.

    • Mar 20 2013 10:30 AM
    • by brian