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  1. Man with Autism Finishes 220-Mile Run across Ohio

    June 27, 2016- "Man with Autism Finishes 220-Mile Run across Ohio"- Tyler Aldrich, a young man with autism, recently ran 20 miles a day, for a total of 220 miles, across the state of Ohio to raise money for The Make it Fit Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by autism. In addition to raising thousands of dollars, Tyler will be honored at the Great American Ball Park before a noon game, serving as the honorary grand marshal of the pregame parade.

    • Jun 29 2016 10:36 AM
    • by brian
  2. WRA Senior Hopes Idea Inspired by Brother can B...

    June 22, 2016- "WRA Senior Hopes Idea Inspired by Brother can Become MIT Program Star"-  Paul Schumacher is spending part of his summer at the MIT launch program, which is a “business incubator” for high school startups. Paul, who already started a company called Star Room, which is described as an end-to-end solution for children with autism and sensory processing disorders to seek release from their symptoms, is also in the process of developing a special chair that will simulate a mother’s hug and calm down a children who is overstimulated. Paul is inspired by his brother, Andrew, and hopes that one day soon his chairs will be available in public schools to help children with autism grow their social skills and assist them in a public school setting.

    • Jun 23 2016 09:14 AM
    • by brian
  3. ABLE Accounts Make Debut

    June 2, 2016- "ABLE Accounts Make Debut"- For the first time, people with disabilities can open Achieving a Betting Life Experience, or ABLE, savings accounts where they can save money without jeopardizing their government benefits. Ohio recently became the first state to make available ABLE accounts through the state’s offering known as STABLE. Joining Ohio in the upcoming weeks are Nebraska and Tennessee with Florida making their accounts available July 1. Each state program is expected to be unique and fees are likely to vary.

    • Jun 03 2016 10:00 AM
    • by brian
  4. First ABLE Accounts Expected This Summer

    May 10, 2016- "First ABLE Accounts Expected This Summer"- The first ABLE accounts are on the cusp of being available over a year and a half after the legislation was signed into law. Nebraska is the first state to announce a launch date – June 30 -- though advocates believe Ohio could offer its accounts even sooner. The availability of ABLE accounts for individuals with disabilities has been a work in progress for 10 years. For more on ABLE, check out our article “The ABLE Act- What It Is and Why It Is Important.”  

    • May 11 2016 12:45 PM
    • by brian
  5. Children with Autism Learn New Words Much Like...

    May 3, 2016- "Children with Autism Learn New Words Much Like Others Do, Study Finds"- A new study has found that children with autism are capable of learning new words the same way a neurotypical child does, by following someone’s gaze as they name an object. They just typically take longer to pick up the skills. The study showed that children with autism scored almost exactly the same as neurotypical children in tests of learning new words, and were able to follow their teachers’ eye movement 75 percent of the time, compared to neurotypical children’s 78 percent.

    • May 04 2016 10:02 AM
    • by brian
  6. States Developing Alternatives to Sheltered Wor...

    February 9, 2016- "States Developing Alternatives to Sheltered Workshops"- In recent weeks, Minnesota state and county workforce officials have quietly introduced a new project to give people with disabilities an alternative to working in “sheltered workshops,” which often pay below minimum wage and consist of mundane jobs such as packing boxes, shredding paper, and collecting trash. The project tests the assumption that people with developmental disabilities prefer the safety and routines of segregated workshops to better-paying jobs in the competitive workplace. A similar program in Ohio implemented three years ago has led to 650 Ohioans with disabilities gaining employment in the regular workforce with another 2,200 individuals having crafted individual plans for moving into mainstream work. Ohio now boasts one of the highest rates of integrated employment, with 24 percent of adults who receive state services working in the community.

    • Feb 10 2016 11:21 AM
    • by brian
  7. Ohio Lawmakers Expand Access to Autism Scholars...

    December 9, 2015- "Ohio Lawmakers Expand Access to Autism Scholarships"- Lawmakers in Ohio are expanding access to scholarships for children with autism. Recently, the Ohio House passed a measure that would allow people who legally look after children with autism to apply for grants up to $27,000. The money is intended to pay for special education programs outside of what is provided by their local school district. Traditionally, only the natural or adoptive parent could apply for the grants, but now, if the measure is signed into law, anyone who legally parents a child with autism of school age, even temporarily, can apply.

    • Dec 09 2015 11:12 AM
    • by brian
  8. Ohio Autism Group Launches New Online Video-Tra...

    November 18, 2015- "Ohio Autism Group Launches New Online Video-Training Program"- A first of its kind training program recently launched in Ohio to help families, agency workers, caregivers, and anyone who works with people with autism to gain the skills they need to support kids and young adults with autism. The Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI), developed the 1.2 million ASD Strategies in Action program, which also includes a certification process for those who work with people with autism. The Ohio-based program is free to state residents while out-of-state users pay a subscription fee. John Martin, the director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, says the training is not mandatory for disability-services providers, but he expects that agencies serving people with autism will want employees to gain certification, as will many families who hire therapists and caregivers.

    • Nov 20 2015 11:43 AM
    • by brian
  9. Simulated Town Offers Life Skills Training

    November 18, 2015- "Simulated Town Offers Life Skills Training"- LifeTown, located in the Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center, is a simulated streetscape intended to make every life less intimidating for young people with disabilities. Recently, the town was in full effect, with 56 students, their teachers and aides, and 20 volunteers running the storefronts. The town operates every weekday morning when school is in, with 2,500 students per year from thirteen Columbus-area school districts participating in the activities. When kids arrive, they receive wallets, $12, and a worksheet of errands to run. Each worksheet is customized to the student’s skill level and the lesson plan that the teachers and LifeTown worked out in advance.

    • Nov 18 2015 04:36 PM
    • by brian
  10. How to Dance in Ohio: Inside the Documentary th...

    October 26, 2015- "How to Dance in Ohio: Inside the Documentary that Follows Three Girls with Autism as They Prepare for Prom"- The recently released HBO documentary, “How To Dance in Ohio,” follows a group of teenagers and young adults on the autism spectrum as they get ready for prom night. This particular prom is the creation of psychologist Dr. Emilio Amigo, who has been holding formal dances for teens and adults in his social therapy group for over five years. Dr. Amigo and his team spent four months preparing their clients for the prom, providing lessons on everything from slow dancing to locating the bathrooms. The film explores three high-functioning young women as they attempt to navigate social situations leading up to prom.

    • Oct 28 2015 12:51 PM
    • by brian
  11. New Ohio Law Aims to get more Children Vaccinated

    August 29, 2015- "New Ohio Law Aims to get more Children Vaccinated"- Data from 2013 showed that Ohio ranked last aside from Arkansas and Nevada in terms of the percentage of children 19 to 35 months old who had all their recommended vaccinations. A new law for children who go to day care or preschool with likely increase vaccine coverage in the state.

    • Aug 31 2015 03:32 PM
    • by brian
  12. Hilliard 10-Year-Old with Autism Recognized Nat...

    April 29, 2015- "Hilliard 10-Year-Old with Autism Recognized Nationally for Cursive Writing Ability"- Children with autism often experience difficulties with fine motor skills, but that didn’t stop fourth grader Jacob Donahue from winning the National Handwriting Contest. According to his mother, Haithi, Jacob works with an occupational therapist every week on those skills and has practiced his cursive writing since learning it in the second grade. For Jacob’s mom the award is a symbol that individuals with disabilities don’t need to settle in life and that they can reach the same goals as everybody else.

    • May 01 2015 10:27 AM
    • by brian
  13. Ohio 2016-2017 Budget Proposal Affecting DD Ser...

    February 8, 2015- "Ohio 2016-2017 Budget Proposal Affecting DD Services"- Governor Kasich’s Blueprint for a New Ohio, which can be read here, proposes to increase funding to assist Ohioan’s with developmental disabilities who want to live and work in the community. The Executive Budget will invest $316 million over two years in the DD system to increase home and community based services, create new options for individuals who want to leave institutions, and support community employment for anyone who wants to work.  

    • Feb 09 2015 10:17 AM
    • by brian
  14. Federal Rule Change Could be Costly, Change Mis...

    November 9, 2014- "Federal Rule Change Could be Costly, Change Mission of Autism Program"- In January, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued changes to its Home and Community-Based Services program, which provide waivers to Medicaid-eligible people with disabilities to live at home or in the community rather than in facilities the government deems institutional. The goal of the announcement is to keep people out of settings with isolating qualities that keep them away from the broader community. This is an issue for organizations that provide this sort of residential care. This issue is discussed with employees at Bittersweet Farms, which in addition serving 55 people who come for daily services, oversees two residential programs on their 80-acre campus.  

    • Nov 10 2014 02:24 PM
    • by brian
  15. Ice Bucket Challenge Attack on Teen with Autism...

    October 31, 2014- "Ice Bucket Challenge Attack on Teen with Autism - New Proposed State Law"- In October, we discussed the atrocious acts of a few teenagers who tricked a boy with autism into participating in a disgusting and degrading ice bucket challenge prank, the details of which can be found here. Fortunately, some good may come out of this devious act as a newly proposed law would give judges the authority to give a two-year sentence to anyone who is convicted of a felony when against certain groups.  If the bill does come to fruition, the teenage boys involved in the ice bucket challenge prank, who have been currently charged with disorderly conduct and assault and await a Nov. 6th appearance in a juvenile court, would not be able to be persecuted under the law since they are currently only being charged with misdemeanors and not felonies.

    • Nov 03 2014 12:59 PM
    • by brian
  16. Teens Charged in Ice Bucket Case

    October 15, 2014- "Teens Charged in Ice Bucket Case"- Five teens have been charged with dumping a bucket containing urine and tobacco spit on a 15-year-old with autism as part of an awful “ice bucket challenge” prank.  The incident caused nationwide outrage and even prompted celebrities like Drew Carey to announce a bounty to publicly reveal the names of the perpetrators. All of those in question were charged with disorderly conduct and three of the teens are also facing counts of delinquency and assault.

    • Oct 15 2014 10:46 AM
    • by brian
  17. Unique Center Provides Healthy Transition for A...

    August 11, 2014- "Unique Center Provides Healthy Transition for Adults with Autism"- The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is hosting a new program, called the Center for Autism Services and Transition (CAST), which is designed to help adults on the autism spectrum transition into independence.  CAST offers diagnostic testing, counseling services, therapy, dental care, nutrition, and other resources to a population of individuals who are often denied primary and specialty care.

    • Aug 13 2014 08:58 AM
    • by brian
  18. Autism Spectrum Disorder Q&A: Health Chats

    June 5, 2014- "Autism Spectrum Disorder Q&A: Health Chats"- This article contains the transcript of a live Q&A session  with Thomas Frazier, director of the Center for Autism at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Max Wiznitzer, pediatric neurologist at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, who specializes in autism and ADHD, Dr. Irene Dietz, director of Comprehensive Care at MetroHealth Medical Center, and Beth Thompson, Teen/Adult Services Manager at Milestones Autism Organization. Some of the topics discussed include the impact of a gluten free diet, speech development, getting a diagnosis as an adult, and “growing out” of the disorder.

    • Jun 09 2014 09:31 AM
    • by brian
  19. Spectrum Resource Center Students Enjoy First Prom

    June 1, 2014- "Spectrum Resource Center Students Enjoy First Prom"- For the first time, high school students at Lorain’s Spectrum Resource Center and School held a prom recently. In attendance were twin brothers Dominic DeAngelis and Antonio DeAngelis, who were born with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome and diagnosed on the spectrum at the age of four. The pair attended prom with their longtime family friend Kayla Brochu, who said she would be the twins’ date if they ever got to prom. Ten years later, she made good on her promise by skipping her own prom and attending theirs.  

    • Jun 03 2014 10:06 AM
    • by brian
  20. Digital Assessments Evolve for Students with Au...

    March 10, 2014- "Digital Assessments Evolve for Students with Autism"- This year students in Ohio’s Mentor public schools are being tested electronically using adaptive techniques and multimedia features. Students with autism are often drawn to technology, and an abundance of high-tech tools and apps have been produced in recent years to help with everything from communication to academics. Digital program also allow for the easier collection and sharing of data and can more easily assess the strengths and weaknesses of students.

    • Mar 12 2014 12:23 PM
    • by brian
  21. Autism, Oak Hills and A Homecoming King

    February 21, 2014- "Autism, Oak Hills and A Homecoming King"- Dustin Stein was diagnosed on the autism spectrum at the age of 5 and has spent his entire academic career in the Oak Hills Local School District.  He was recently elected Homecoming King while attending Oak Hills High School and he felt that it was quite an honor and is very proud of his accomplishment.

    • Feb 25 2014 01:48 PM
    • by brian
  22. 'Resting' Autism Brains Still Hum with...

    February 21, 2014- "'Resting' Autism Brains Still Hum with Activity"- According to a new study, the resting brains of people with autism manage more information than those of their peers, lending support for the “intense world” theory of autism.  The research focused on children with autism between 6 and 14 and then age-matched typical children. Researchers scanned their brains using MEG, which was important for this study because the researchers wanted to capture the brain’s activity when it was receiving as little external stimulation as possible. According to one researcher, the results from this study fit well into the intense world theory, which describes autism as a disorder resulting from hyperfunctioning neural circuitry, which leads to a state of over-arousal.

    • Feb 25 2014 10:59 AM
    • by brian
  23. Athletes Make Autistic Boy Just One of the Guys

    January 29, 2014- "Athletes Make Autistic Boy Just One of the Guys"- Alex Moore is a sophomore with autism at Hillard Davidson High School in Ohio. For the third consecutive year, a group of football players formed a team for Davidson’s 5-on-5 intramural basketball league and asked Moore to be a apart of the team. Football coach Brian White is very proud of his player’s and Alex’s mom says he enjoys the fun of the game, not caring who wins or loses.

    • Jan 31 2014 10:58 AM
    • by brian
  24. OSU Using Virtual Reality to Help Kids with Autism

    November 19, 2013- "OSU Using Virtual Reality to Help Kids with Autism"- A group of researchers at OSU are helping to educate children using virtual reality in the classroom. To use the technology, a student with autism uses special 3-D glasses and sensors that follow movement. Then, the student can interactively explore rendered environments to learn more about a subject. For example, a child can explore the solar systems interactively to learn how the planets relate to one another.

    **Original article no longer available by publisher

    • Feb 12 2014 12:23 PM
    • by brian
  25. Senior with Autism Scores TD on Game's Fina...

    November 5, 2013- "Senior with Autism Scores TD on Game's Final Play in Only Action of his Career"- In this article Yahoo! Sports reports on Mike Halliwell, a senior in high school with autism. Halliwell was thrust into the spotlight during the team’s final play of the season in which he scored a 31-yeard rushing TD. Halliwell was ecstatic claiming “I finally got to do something I’ve always dreamed of since I was a little boy – make a touchdown.”

    • Nov 07 2013 12:33 PM
    • by brian