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  1. Autism Intervention Studies Lack Diversity, Res...

    March 28, 2016- "Autism Intervention Studies Lack Diversity, Researcher Says"- Researchers examined 408 peer-reviewed published studies of evidence-based practices for autism intervention and found that only approximately 18 percent reported race, ethnicity or nationality of participants. Those that did were comprised primarily of white participants. Of the nearly 2,500 participants in these studies, only 770 reported race, and 489 or 63.5 percent were white. This article goes on to discuss why this pattern of limited diversity in autism studies must be changed and why identifying race is important for future intervention studies.

    • Mar 28 2016 01:47 PM
    • by brian
  2. Autism Doesn't Prevent Mora from Going the...

    October 30, 2015- "Autism Doesn't Prevent Mora from Going the Distance and Qualifying for State"- Alex Mora, a sophomore cross country runner at Hutchison High School who also has autism, didn’t always get along with his teammates during his run to states, but that didn’t stop him from becoming the school’s sole qualifier on the boy’s team for states. Now Alex has earned his teammates' respect, who Alex and his coach say have been very supportive as Alex prepares for states. Junior Eduardo Ramirez, who missed qualifying for state by just one second, has been volunteering to work with Alex as he trains for the big race. Alex says he’s going to give the year’s final race “everything he’s got” because he “didn’t come this far for nothing.”

    • Nov 02 2015 03:17 PM
    • by brian
  3. Kansans with Disabilities Brace for State's...

    October 2, 2015- "Kansans with Disabilities Brace for State's Chance in Services"- A new change in Medicaid services for individuals with disabilities in Kansas allows individuals services that aren’t usually covered by Medicaid. Additionally, the current system of seven different classifications for waivers will be combined into two pools: one for kids and one for adults. The state says it wants to make the switch to offer more services to more people and lower the wait list without spending more money. However, the change is slated to into effect in July of 2016, but the state has yet to release a first draft of the plan. Details on the proposed waiver system and how it will affect both individuals with disabilities and providers are discussed within this article.

    • Oct 05 2015 01:20 PM
    • by brian
  4. Children with Autism Can Learn to be Social, Tr...

    April 7, 2015- "Children with Autism Can Learn to be Social, Trial Shows"- A new study demonstrates that the use of peer networks may help children with autism develop social and communication skills. The four-year study involved 95 students with ASD in Kansas in Washington. Of that group, 56 children participated in a two-year intervention from kindergarten through first grade in which each child was grouped with two to three typically developing classmates, while the remaining 39 were the control group. The study found that not only did children who participated in the social network make significant progress in social communication during the intervention, they also made many more initiations than their peers in general. For now, peer networks are not routinely used in schools due to a lack of resources, but the researchers hope a large study will change that.

    • Apr 08 2015 01:16 PM
    • by brian
  5. Osage County Student Becomes Kansas' Second...

    January 16, 2015- "Osage County Student Becomes Kansas' Second Eagle Scout with Autism"-  Zack Reiman recently became one of only 137 individuals to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout of the thousands who have been members of Topeka Troop 175, and he is only the second in the state with autism to attain the highest status in scouting. It took Zach eight years, but he took the challenge seriously and his hard work recently paid off. For his final community project, Zach built a large bookshelf that is now being used at a school in the Topeka area.

    • Jan 19 2015 02:23 PM
    • by brian
  6. Middle Schooler's Moment to Shine

    December 3, 2014- "Middle Schooler's Moment to Shine"-  Dennis Sanders has autism and is the manager of the Maize South Middle School Mavericks. Dennis, who by all accounts is one of the most enthusiastic about basketball and being on the team, scored his first professional basket during the tail end of the season’s first games, much to the delight of those watching. A clip of the impressive performance is also included within the article.

    • Dec 05 2014 09:45 AM
    • by brian
  7. Lawmaker Says Adjustments Needed in Law Mandati...

    November 11, 2014- "Lawmaker Says Adjustments Needed in Law Mandating Autism Coverage"-   Rep. John Rubin, who championed Kansas’ bill to expand insurance coverage for autism treatment last year, said he will propose changes to HB 2744, which was a compromise struck between insurance companies and autism treatment advocates. The bill was expected to extend coverage to about 750 Kansas children from birth to age five and require companies to cover up to 25 hours per week for ABA services. Rubin hopes to expand the bill’s language to loosen the licensure requirements that restrict who can provide treatment and work to expand the overall coverage.  

    • Nov 13 2014 11:05 AM
    • by brian
  8. Parents Push for Autism Insurance Reform in Kansas

    January 16, 2014- "Parents Push for Autism Insurance Reform in Kansas"- Families affected by ASD are pushing state lawmakers in Kansas to provide coverage for the disorder. Last year’s attempt to pass a similar bill failed to make it to the Senate.

    **Original article no longer available by publisher

    • Feb 12 2014 12:21 PM
    • by brian
  9. As the First KC Baby of 1974 Grew, so did Knowl...

    December 28, 2013- "As the First KC Baby of 1974 Grew, so did Knowledge about Autism"- Danny Hogan is a 40-year-old man with autism who grew up in the 1970’s, in an era when little was known about the disorder. His father noticed something was different with Danny when he was 2-years-old as he witnessed vast differences in his ability to communicate and interact when compared with his peers.

    • Dec 31 2013 11:01 AM
    • by brian
  10. The Dangerous Attraction of Water to Children w...

    November 20, 2013- "The Dangerous Attraction of Water to Children with Autism"- Sheila Medlam is on a mission to warn parents of children with autism spectrum disorder about the dangers of water attraction afterher own son with autism drowned in a pond a quarter mile aware from their house after a wandering incident. Jennifer Smith, president of the Autism Society of the Heartland, recently implemented water lessons at the YMCA specifically designed for children with autism. The classes aren’t intended to solely teach children how to swim, but focuses on a range of water safety skills, for example how to blow bubbles to avoid breathing in water.

    • Nov 22 2013 01:09 PM
    • by brian
  11. New School for Students with Autism

    August 13, 2013- "New School for Students with Autism"- Intermountain Academy has started a program for children with autism that will serve students Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade. The program will be a One-on-One school, which means that there will be small class sizes and a reduction of meltdowns because of the enhanced attention.

    • Aug 15 2013 09:51 AM
    • by brian
  12. Kansas Parents Press for Autism Insurance

    August 8, 2013- "Kansas Parents Press for Autism Insurance"- The Judah’s are one of many Kansas families unable to afford ABA services that are not covered by insurance companies. Families across Kansas are forced to max out credit cards, burn through retirement savings, and seek assistance from friends and family to help pay for ABA treatments for their children with autism. Although past attempts to pass insurance legislation have failed, legislators feel confident they may have more success during the upcoming session as many are starting to understand that covering these treatments now will likely save money by lessening future disability needs.

    • Aug 12 2013 09:49 AM
    • by brian
  13. KU Autism Researchers get $1.2M Grant

    August 1, 2013- "KU Autism Researchers get $1.2M Grant"- The University of Kansas has received a $1.2 million grant to test whether an iPad voice output application can help children with autism. The app will be used by preschoolers and researchers want to determine whether the technology can improve their deficits in communication, social reciprocity and play skills.

    *Original article no longer available on source

    • Aug 22 2013 01:21 PM
    • by brian
  14. Disability Employment an Uphill Climb

    July 20, 2013- "Disability Employment an Uphill Climb"- Holly Lofton was so successful at finding a job for her autistic son that the state of Kansas contracted her to try and find employment for other Kansas citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A proposed 2014 change to Medicaid services would include a long-term support of services for about 8,000 Kansans with developmental disabilities in managed care, following a one-year “carve-out” for which concerned advocates lobbied. The state’s current employment rate of this population is about 10 percent, while the national average is about 20.

    • Jul 22 2013 09:57 AM
    • by brian
  15. KU Program Teachers Children with Autism how to...

    June 12, 2013- "KU Program Teaches Children with Autism how to Swim"- Recently, occupational therapy students at the University of Kansas Medical Center taught young individuals with autism how to swim. The KU Med program began last year and this year they are partnering with the Fairway Parks and Rec Department. The program was made possible by through a grant from Autism Speaks.

    *Original article no longer available on source

    • Aug 22 2013 01:29 PM
    • by brian
  16. Hodgeman County to Rally for Autism Awareness

    March 28, 2013- "Hodgeman County to Rally for Autism Awareness"- All funds raised at the first Hodgeman County Autism Rally will go towards college scholarships, camp tuition, or learning and developmental programs and opportunities. The event consists of two separate charitable activities: A “Puzzle Walk/Run,” and, a golf tournament at the Cheyenne Hill Golf Course.

    • Mar 29 2013 09:32 AM
    • by brian
  17. State Bill Could Require Insurance to Cover Aut...

    March 11, 2013- "State Bill Could Require Insurance to Cover Autism Treatments"- HB 2395 has just been introduced into Kansas legislation and would mandate that insurance companies provide coverage for individuals on the autism spectrum disorder. A 2010 pilot program mandated coverage for only state workers, but this new bill would expand that requirement to all state-regulated insurance programs.  

    • Mar 15 2013 08:43 AM
    • by brian
  18. KU Med School Seeking Applicants for Autism Study

    February 6, 2013- "KU Med School Seeking Applicants for Autism Study"- The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita is seeking participants in the area for a global clinical research program for children with autism spectrum disorders. The participants are needed for the ConnectMe Program, which is testing the efficacy of memantine on social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviors in children with ASD.  

    • Apr 10 2013 09:52 AM
    • by brian
  19. 'Prominent' Win for Student with Autism...

    January 21, 2013- "'Prominent' Win for Student with Autism (Video)"- This article and accompanying video captures the praise of his peers that Adam Johnson was rewarded for winning the school spelling bee at his high school in Kansas. Adam is an individual with autism who is described by his mother as somebody who takes things very literally and tends to avoid loud noises and was recently switched from special education classes to the mainstream curriculum, a switch that helped him thrive so much so that he was able to accomplish this feat.  

    • Apr 04 2013 03:06 PM
    • by National Autism Network
  20. Number of Autistic Wichita Students Double in F...

    October 21, 2012- "Number of Autistic Wichita Students Double in Five Years"- The costs and the challenges of educating young children on the autism spectrum are explored as the Wichita educational system works to teach the increased number of students with autism.

    • Mar 19 2013 09:41 AM
    • by brian