Jump to content


National Autism Network

Search Results

There were 59 results tagged with Texas Autism News

By content type

By section

Sort by                Order  
  1. Sam Allen, Young Man with Autism, Campaigns for...

    May 25, 2016- "Sam Allen, Young Man with Autism, Campaigns for Notice on Driver's Licenses"- Thanks to the efforts of Sam Allen, a 21-year-old with autism, and his mother, Jennifer, who is the founder and CEO of the nonprofit awareness and advocacy organization Aspergers101, the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) is promoting several new initiatives for drivers with autism. They collaborated with the TXDPS to spread the word about an optional “communication impediment” notice that can be placed on the back of driver’s license. It has been available to the public for a while now, but many people were unaware of it. The TXDPS will also offer additional training and education about ASDs for its officers and recruits, in addition to hosting a “Driving with Autism” camp in concert with Aspergers101.

    • May 27 2016 08:42 AM
    • by brian
  2. SWISD Student with Autism Heading to Carnegie H...

    March 21, 2016- "SWISD Student with Autism Heading to Carnegie Hall with Band"- Ti Mitchell, a 16-year-old tuba player at Southwest High School in Texas, will join his bandmates at an upcoming performance at the famed Carnegie Hall. The band will be the only school representing Texas and is only one of 18 groups selected for the event. According to Ti’s mom, Julie, the band has helped her son socially and in the classroom, in her own words the band has "changed his life."  

    • Mar 23 2016 12:44 PM
    • by brian
  3. 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
  4. Teen with Autism Finds Mistake in Textbook, Pro...

    October 6, 2015- "Teen with Autism Finds Mistake in Textbook, Prompting Correction"-  Logan Tharp, a 15-year-old with autism, found a mistake in his high school geometry textbook, prompting the publisher to make a correction. Tharp discovered the mistake when he realized an answer to a problem just seemed plain wrong. Tharp took the book to his teacher who confirmed that the writers had indeed made a mistake. For his acute attention to detail, Logan received an email from the president of the textbook company confirming that he was the first person to find the mistake and that they will be sending the reprinted versions of the textbook to his class at no cost.

    • Oct 08 2015 11:22 AM
    • by brian
  5. Texas' Cuts to Medicaid Could Leave Poor Wi...

    August 4, 2015- "Texas' Cuts to Medicaid Could Leave Poor Without Therapy"- Texas Legislature has ordered a $350 million cut this year to Medicaid pay for therapists who provide outpatient therapy. The move threatens the jobs of speech, physical, and occupational therapists who work with 445,000 Texans with a number of disorders. The article goes onto discuss the ongoing battle between Medicaid advocates and red state’s lawmakers.

    • Aug 07 2015 09:23 AM
    • by brian
  6. A New Look at Language Delay in Children with A...

    April 3, 2015- "A New Look at Language Delay in Children with Autism"- A new study focused on children with autism and their reluctant use of pronouns, which may help treatment providers give more a more accurate diagnosis in the future. Children on the spectrum oftentimes confuse pronouns, sometimes saying them in reverse or avoid them in favor of names. This study looked at children on the spectrum who use sign language and found that they also tend to avoid pronouns, preferring signed names. Deaf children with autism did not tend to reverse pronouns as hearing children with autism tend to do. This is clinically important because most existing screening and diagnostic instruments for autism ask parents and clinicians about pronoun reversal.

    • Apr 07 2015 09:18 AM
    • by brian
  7. High School Team Manager with Autism Drills 3-P...

    February 18, 2015- "High School Team Manager with Autism Drills 3-Pointer on Senior Night"-  Adrian Martinez recently got the opportunity he waited his entire high school career for, and he made the most of it. Adrian, who has autism, has been the manager for the basketball team at Canutillo High School in Texas for the past three years, but has never suited up on game night. On Senior Night, Adrian got the opportunity to play and drained a three-pointer, much to the delight of those in attendance as this accompanying video will show.  

    • Feb 19 2015 11:42 AM
    • by brian
  8. Students with Autism Learn Social Skills with R...

    February 3, 2015- "Students with Autism Learn Social Skills with R2-D2"- Fifth-grade students at Blazier Elementary School in Southeast Austin are learning social skills through a life-size R2-D2, created by the class as a group project. While creating the robot, the team focused on working as a group and how to get along with each other during a big project. Their teacher, Caleb Zammit, is an autism specialist who enjoys creating toys as a means of teaching social skills. He is in the midst of building Austin’s first toy museum in which children on and off the spectrum can learn social skills through play.

    • Feb 05 2015 10:37 AM
    • by brian
  9. El Pasoan Teen's Journey to Become Filmmake...

    January 25, 2015- "El Pasoan Teen's Journey to Become Filmmaker While Living with Autism is Subject of Documentary"- Robert De La Rosa is a 16-year-old high school student who was diagnosed with autism at the age of five.  Robert and a team of filmmakers are working to create an animated futuristic western called “Robbie Rookie.” The process of making this animated film is being documented by DoubleScope Films, which plan to release a series of web stories detailing Robert’s quest to become a filmmaker. Robert, who has always had an affinity for film since he was a child, draws inspiration from today’s great animated shows like The Simpsons and Futurama. He is aiming to make a film full of dancing and music, void of violence and war, because he believes there is too much violence and war in the world right now.

    • Jan 27 2015 11:06 AM
    • by brian
  10. Teen with Autism, Twin Sister Crowned Homecomin...

    October 25, 2014- "Teen with Autism, Twin Sister Crowned Homecoming King and Queen"- Robbie Cocke, and his twin sister, Paulie, were recently crowned homecoming king and queen at Weatherford high School. Teresa, mother to the pair, always worried that Robby, who was diagnosed with autism, would not fit in at high school. With assistance and guidance from his neurotypical sister, Robby excelled socially in high school, as evident from his classmates’ votes.

    • Oct 27 2014 02:09 PM
    • by brian
  11. Autism Speaks Invests $2.3 Million in Rese...

    October 22, 2014- "Autism Speaks Invests $2.3 Million in Research on Gut-Brain Connection"-  Autism Speaks has awarded $2.3 million for two research studies related to the gut-brain connection theory of autism. One study will conduct an in-depth analysis of the microbiome, the gut’s complex community of digestive bacteria. Researchers will look for changes in the microbiome that relate to autism and GI problems. A second study will examine how the treatment of chronic constipation improves behavioral symptoms and biological stress in children with autism.

    • Oct 24 2014 09:28 AM
    • by brian
  12. Neither Homecoming Crown nor Autism Define Mann...

    October 19, 2014- "Neither Homecoming Crown nor Autism Define Manny Dedmon"- Manny Dedmon is a football player with autism at Birdville High School, where he was recently voted the school’s Homecoming King. Diagnosed at the age of two, Manny’s parents were told that he would likely never build any meaningful relationships or make friends. Manny’s parents, along with his classmates and supporting members of the community, witnessed Manny receive his crown last Friday.  

    • Oct 20 2014 02:07 PM
    • by brian
  13. President of Autism Society of America Talks ab...

    August 23, 2014- "President of Autism Society of America Talks about Issues with El Paso Chapter"- This article discusses the happenings at The Autism Society of El Paso, which may be in danger of shutting down due to a lack of volunteers. The governing board voted almost unanimously to shut the local chater down. On August 25 the board will meet and the public is invited to the hearing to discuss what can be done to avoid a shutdown.

    • Aug 25 2014 01:10 PM
    • by brian
  14. Rick Perry Makes Three Appointments to Council...

    August 22, 2014- "Rick Perry Makes Three Appointments to Council on Autism and Developmental Disorders"- Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced new appointments to the Texas Council on Autism and Developmental Disorder. Ann Hart is the president of the Autism Society of Greater Austin and has received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University. Pam Rollins is a licensed speech pathologist and associate professor at University of Texas at Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders. Stephanie Sokolosky of Harlingen is a board certified behavior analyst and founder of S&S Behavioral consultants. These professionals will soon join the council, which is responsible for making recommendations to the Texas Legislature and various state agencies to ensure the needs of individuals with autism and other developmental disorders are understood and addressed appropriately.

    • Aug 25 2014 11:20 AM
    • by brian
  15. Survey Addresses Statewide Gaps in Autism Care,...

    June 13, 2014- "Survey Addresses Statewide Gaps in Autism Care, Resources"- To address statewide gaps in autism resources, residents in the state of Texas are being asked to complete the Act Early Texas! survey. The survey is designed to determine if children newly diagnosed on the spectrum are seeking out and receiving early intervention resources. Residents of Texas who have autism, are advocates, or are parents of children with autism can find the survey within this article.

    • Jun 16 2014 10:53 AM
    • by brian
  16. Student with Autism Voted Prom King in Zapata

    May 30, 2014- "Student with Autism Voted Prom King in Zapata"- Ismael Gomez is an 18-year-old with autism who recently went to prom with Cecilia, his best friend since the fifth grade. At prom, Ismael was bestowed the honor of prom king by his classmates. Ismael hopes to take Cecilia on futures date in which she will be his prom queen next time.

    • Jun 02 2014 11:22 AM
    • by brian
  17. Musical Forte: Gift of Violin Changes Autistic...

    May 28, 2014- "Musical Forte: Gift of Violin Changes Autistic Man's Life; his Gift for Music Touches Others'"- Nathan Brundrett has been playing the violin since he was just 10-years-old, but his love for music began with the piano when he was just three. The recent high school graduate has autism and is a member of the San Marco Artists’ Retention and Training Orchestra (SMART). His mother, Harmony, was given a very negative diagnosis from her doctor about her son, so it comforts her a great deal to see him excel so well at the violin.

    • May 30 2014 10:29 AM
    • by brian
  18. Seahawk to Take Teen with Autism to Prom

    March 28, 2014- "Seahawk to Take Teen with Autism to Prom"- This heartwarming article details the story of Taylor Kirkwood, a Texas teen on the autism spectrum, who is going to prom with Seahawk running back Christine Michael. Taylor’s mother, Stacie Holmes, got in touch with the former Texas A&M back through a relative and will happily see the two off on prom night April 12.  

    • Apr 18 2014 09:58 AM
    • by brian
  19. Autistic Twins Take to the Court, and Lead Team...

    February 13, 2014- "Autistic Twins Take to the Court, and Lead Team to Win"- Matthew and Andrew Reyna are high school twins with autism who are also equipment managers for their school’s basketball team.  Recently, their father, who had been sick, passed away. The twins followed their dad’s motto of do something when you say you’re going to do it and continued to help with the basketball team, despite their loss. Their coaches were so impressed with their dedication that they made them players for the last game of the season. The twins made the most of their opportunity, scoring 15 points between them in the 4th quarter alone.

    • Feb 18 2014 10:21 AM
    • by brian
  20. Birdville Football Player with Autism Finds his...

    November 28, 2013- "Birdville Football Player with Autism Finds his Place on and off the Field"- Manny Dedmon has autism and is a welcome member of the Birdville High School football team in Texas. Manny is an integral part of the team and has scored four touchdowns on the season. Dedmon has thrived socially since being embraced by the team.  

    • Dec 02 2013 12:31 PM
    • by brian
  21. In Shift, Most States Increase Mental Health Sp...

    November 22, 2013- "In Shift, Most States Increase Mental Health Spending"- A recent report for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, indicates that mental health budgets increased 37 percent in states this year. The largest boost in these numbers came from Texas, which increased its spending by $259 million over the last 2 years. The article includes an infographic that details which states added or cut funds from their mental health budget.

    • Nov 25 2013 09:25 AM
    • by brian
  22. Autistic Teen Scores Dream Touchdown

    November 5, 2013- "Autistic Teen Scores Dream Touchdown"- Fourteen-year-old Braden Bingham is staggering 260 pounds and 6 feet, three and a half inches tall. He also has autism and recently scored his first touchdown after an offensive player fumbled the ball and Bingham ran it back for a touchdown.

    • Nov 07 2013 12:30 PM
    • by brian
  23. Autistic Artist Gives Hope to Many Through his...

    October 19, 2013- "Autistic Artist Gives Hope to Many Through his Eco-Art"- Grant Manier is an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum and a gifted abstract artist. Grant has the ability to take pieces of shredded paper, magazines, movie posters, and anything else you can shred and create works of art by rearranging the pieces. Grant's work has sold for thousands and one piece of his work was chosen to hang in the Capitol building for a year in D.C., as a winner of the High School Congressional Art Competition for the 8th District of Texas.

    • Oct 21 2013 09:35 AM
    • by brian
  24. Get Well Wednesday: Early Diagnosis Key to Trea...

    August 27, 2013- "Get Well Wednesday: Early Diagnosis Key to Treating Autism"- Dr. Adiaha Spinks Franklin, a pediatrician at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston who focuses on child development, is conducting research on the health disparities in children with autism spectrum disorders. Her research to date confirms earlier findings that black American children are underrepresented when it comes to identifying autism and she is trying to pinpoint the reasons behind those findings.

    • Aug 29 2013 10:52 AM
    • by brian
  25. Eyeing Autism, Research Project Gathers Baby Teeth

    August 5, 2013- "Eyeing Autism, Research Project Gathers Baby Teeth"- The Tooth Fairy Project is now recruiting local families in the San Antonio area to participate in a study to learn more about autism. The study is using the baby teeth of children with autism and children without autism to determine any possible cases of the condition. The teeth of children with autism have yielded findings of numerous chemicals, including plasticizers, flame retardants, pesticides, and medicines.

    • Aug 06 2013 10:41 AM
    • by brian