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  1. Armani Williams Inspires as a Race Driver with...

    July 13, 2016- "Armani Williams Inspires as a Race Driver with Autism"-  Armani Williams, a 16-year-old high school junior with autism, is currently leading the rankings for Rookie of the Year in the ARCA Truck Series. The rookie’s meteoric rise has put him on the fast track to becoming a NASCAR driver. In fact, Williams has already become the highest finishing African American in the history of the ARCA Truck Series. Diagnosed at age 2, Williams understands the social difficulties that can accompany autism. In every city that holds a race, Williams reaches out to connect with a local autism association to provide them with free tickets and the opportunity to spend the day at the track. Readers can watch a brief local news clip profiling Williams within this article.

    • Jul 15 2016 10:00 AM
    • by brian
  2. Aphex Twin Enlists Young Boy with Autism to Dir...

    July 11, 2016- "Aphex Twin Enlists Young Boy with Autism to Direct his Latest Music Video"- When Richard D. James, the Irish-born artist who performs under the alias Aphex Twin, saw 12-year-old Ryan Wyer’s self-made music video to his song Minipops, he and Warp Records reached out to Wyer to direct the official music video for one of the singles off his new EP entitled Cheetah. When asked to comment, Ryan stated “Warp and Rich told me to do what I do best, that’s all.” Ryan’s mother, Marie, says Ryan expresses himself best through music and thanked the artist for making her son’s dreams come true. Readers can watch the final cut of the video within this article.

    • Jul 13 2016 09:24 AM
    • by brian
  3. Owen Suskind and Gilbert Gottfried on The View:...

    June 28, 2016- "Owen Suskind and Gilbert Gottfried on The View: Discuss New Documentary 'Life, Animated'"-  In this 5 minute clip of daytime TV’s The View, Owen Suskind, his mother Cornelia, and comedian Gilbert Gottfried are interviewed by The View co-hosts regarding the new documentary “Life, Animated.” The movie recounts how Owen, who was diagnosed with regressive autism at age 3, learned to communicate and understand the world through Disney films. Gottfried, who memorably voiced Jafar’s wise-cracking parrot sidekick Iago in Owen’s favorite movie Aladdin, formed a relationship with Owen. In this interview, an animated clip shows how Owen’s dad first communicated with Owen by imitating Iago and initiating conversation with Owen through an Iago hand puppet.

    • Jun 29 2016 02:50 PM
    • by brian
  4. Boy With Autism Teaches Shy Shelter Dogs It...

    May 16, 2016- "Boy With Autism Teaches Shy Shelter Dogs It's OK to be Themselves"- For more than a year, 6-year-old Jacob, who has autism, has spent every Thursday after school visiting and reading to the dogs at the Carson Animal Shelter in Los Angeles. In addition to honing his reading skills, Jacob is providing companionship to the lonely canines and learning to better cope with sensory sensitivities due to the constant barking that greets Jacob when he enters. Readers can watch a video of Jacob reading to an intrigued dog within this article.

    • May 17 2016 09:10 AM
    • by brian
  5. Martial Arts 'Clicks' for Teen with Autism

    April 28, 2016- "Martial Arts 'Clicks' for Teen with Autism"- Recently, Chase Wilcott, a 14-year-old with autism, received his high degree green belt after a display of kicks, punches, and self-defense moves in front of a crowd of 75 individuals. Before his training, being placed in such an anxiety-inducing social situation would have been unimaginable for Chase. However, martial arts has helped instill Chase with confidence, who after his award ceremony volunteered to be interviewed, a video of which is available within this article.  

    • Apr 29 2016 08:27 AM
    • by brian
  6. New Kits Help Seahawks Fans with Autism

    October 19, 2015- "New Kits Help Seahawks Fans with Autism"- The Seattle Seahwaks, notorious for their incredibly loud fans, dubbed the "12th Man," have released an autism kit to make their games more accessible to fans with autism. Partnering with an organization known as "I'm A-OK" out of Oklahoma, the NFL franchise will provide kits containing earbuds, noise cancelling headphones, a sensory toy, and a wristband to indicate to fellow fans that they may experience some difficulty with watching the game.

    • Oct 20 2015 03:36 PM
    • by brian
  7. Ga. Teen with Autism goes Viral with High Schoo...

    October 15, 2015- "Ga. Teen with Autism goes Viral with High School Football Moment"- Two high school football coaches recently conspired to give Heritage High School senior football manager Logan Pickett, who is on the autism spectrum, a moment he will never forget. After years of cheering from the sidelines as manager, Logan was put into the game and ran for a touchdown, after which he was picked up on the shoulders by his fellow teammates. The coaches wanted to demonstrate how the game can be more than just what happens between the sidelines on Friday nights. You can watch the video of the play and the ensuing celebration for yourself in this article.

    • Oct 19 2015 11:25 AM
    • by brian
  8. 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
  9. Girl Creates Book to Help Teach Children about...

    October 2, 2015- "Girl Creates Book to Help Teach Children about Autism"- Paige Morgan’s brother Adam is on the autism spectrum. When she was 7 years old she heard some kids making fun of her brother, but instead of confronting them she went home and told her mother. They decided it was a good opportunity to create a teachable moment, but when they went online to find a resource to help explain autism to schoolchildren they hit a dead end. Unperturbed by the lack books on the subject, the mother-daughter team decided to write one themselves. They called their book Building Friendships Forever.

    • Oct 05 2015 02:49 PM
    • by brian
  10. How a Cross-Country-Loving Teen and His Service...

    September 11, 2015- "How a Cross-Country-Loving Teen and His Service Dog Made History"- Recently, 17-year-old Tyler Gerdts, a junior at West High School in Davenport, made Iowa history as the first high school athlete to compete alongside his service dog, Hugo. Tyler and his four-legged companion logged a personal best during the 5k race. More importantly, the article goes on to discuss the bond between Tyler and his service dog Hugo that has opened up a new world to Tyler.

    • Sep 14 2015 02:17 PM
    • by brian
  11. Autistic Athlete Made Honorary Captain at Footb...

    September 13, 2015- "Autistic Athlete Made Honorary Captain at Football Game"- Walt Meares is a 15-year-old high school student on the A.C. Flora High JV football team, but recently he got to take the field with the varsity squad. That is because varsity coach Reggie Shaw made Meares an honorary captain for the varsity game, allowing him to participate in the coin toss. Like most kids on the spectrum who participate in school sporting events, Walt has bonded with his teammates, which is a special site for Walt’s dad, Lee Meares, as Walt had struggled to make friends for the majority of his academic career.  

    • Sep 14 2015 01:16 PM
    • by brian
  12. Autism-Friendly Play is NYC's Hottest Ticket

    September 3, 2015- "Autism-Friendly Play is NYC's Hottest Ticket"- In what is being dubbed as NYC Lincoln Center’s “first production created specifically for those on the autism spectrum, and their families,” the play Up and Away centers around the “1000th flight of the Fogg Family Balloon Society.” To help immerse the crowd into setting of the play, theatregoers sit in oversized wicker baskets and imagine a hot-air balloon ride. To learn more about this event and other autism-related events, visit our Events Calendar.  

    • Sep 09 2015 01:51 PM
    • by brian
  13. Disney Addresses Autism on This Week's Epis...

    September 8, 2015- "Disney Addresses Autism on This Week's Episode of 'Girl Meets World'"- The Disney Channel’s “Girl Meets World” will air a special episode this week that is aimed to inform viewers about Asperger’s. The episode centers around a character who wonders whether he is on the autism spectrum and will expound on “the importance of uniqueness and compassion.” You can view a clip of the episode at the end of the article.

    • Sep 09 2015 08:01 AM
    • by brian
  14. How a Teen with Autism Went from Picky Eater to...

    August 17, 2015- "How a Teen with Autism Went from Picky Eater to Host of His Own Cooking Show"- At age 13, Chase Bailey loves to cook and eat different foods from all over the world. But if you met him during his childhood you would struggle to get Chase to eat anything other than a select five foods he liked. Things changed for Chase when he began watching cooking shows on TV and thought to himself that he could do that. Today, Chase stars in his own cooking comedy show called “Chase ‘N Yur Face,” in which he interviews guest chefs as they teach him and the audience to prepare meals from across the globe. Eating challenges are a common problem for children on the autism spectrum. You can read more about eating issues and its effect on the family as a whole in our latest article.  

    • Aug 24 2015 11:13 AM
    • by brian
  15. Nike Creates Flyease Shoes for Individuals with...

    July 30, 2015- "Nike Creates Flyease Shoes for Individuals with Disabilities"- The idea for the Nike Flyease shoe was born out of a common problem that Matthew Walzer, a 16-year-old with cerebral palsy, and many others face every day. Due to limited physical ability, Matthew was unable to put his shoes on without somebody helping him, so he decided to write Nike a letter detailing his problem and asking for a solution. Months later, Nike obliged by creating the “Nike Lebron Zoom Soldier 8 Flyease,” which make it easy for anyone to slip their feet in, and can be secured easily with specialized zippers.

    • Aug 04 2015 10:27 AM
    • by brian
  16. Child Guitar Prodigy Overcomes Adversity

    July 26, 2015- "Child Guitar Prodigy Overcomes Adversity"- At just 7-years-old, Eamonn Hubert has performed on stage with a number of bands. Eamonn has Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), a diagnosis that was recently reclassified under the umbrella term Autism Spectrum Disorder. Eamonn has only been playing the guitar since the age of five, but already has the talent to play it masterfully, along with the ukulele, bass guitar, mandolin, and dulcimer guitar.

    • Jul 28 2015 08:44 AM
    • by brian
  17. New Test Helps Diagnose Children with Autism at...

    July 23, 2015- "New Test Helps Diagnose Children with Autism at Younger Age"- A new test developed by a UMass pediatrician could help diagnose autism in children as young as 18 months. Dr. Roula Choueiri developed RTIA-T, an interactive screening tool that identifies ASD in toddlers as early as 18 to 36 months. The diagnostic test involved nine activities tailored to evaluate developmental constructs specific to early signs of ASD, such as social awareness, joint attention, and reaction to emotions. Additionally, the entire process takes less than 10 minutes to complete.  

    • Jul 27 2015 09:51 AM
    • by brian
  18. Woman with Autism Wows with Amazing Voice

    July 16, 2015- "Woman with Autism Wows with Amazing Voice"– In an attempt to find her daughter’s calling in life, Pat Titus enrolled her daughter who is on the spectrum, Annie, into weekly voice lessons at the Community Music School in Buffalo because Annie has always had an affinity for music. To hear her sing, which is something she has only been doing for seven months, is mind-blowing. Annie says that finding her voice has changed her life. Experience Anne’s incredible singing talents for yourself in a video clip within this article.  

    • Jul 20 2015 12:23 PM
    • by brian
  19. Teenage Stand-Up Comedian on the Autism Spectru...

    July 3, 2015- "Teenage Stand-Up Comedian on the Autism Spectrum has Us in Stitches"- Leo Lytel is a 16-year-old comedian who was diagnosed with autism at age 2. Recently, he had a chance to display his comedic chops on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. This article contains a clip of his performance and a website where you can find more of Leo’s antics.

    • Jul 06 2015 02:12 PM
    • by brian
  20. Boise Couple Create App for Diagnosing Autism

    June 2, 2015- "Boise Couple Create App for Diagnosing Autism"- Ron and Sharon Oberleitner first noticed changes in their son’s personality around 18 months of age, but it wasn’t until he was three years old that their son, Robby, was diagnosed with autism. Inspired by their frustration and lack of resources, the Oberleitner’s founded a business known as Behavior Imaging that makes several products tailored to autism. They have worked with a number of colleagues and business partners to develop a remote autism-diagnosis tool called NODA, or naturalistic observation diagnostic assessment. NODA gives parents detailed instructions for capturing video that a health-care provider somewhere in the world can use to assess the child for autism. While the tool is innovative and may drastically reduce the critical period of waiting for early intervention services, in many states it will not be enough for parents to receive insurance coverage for those services. For example, in Idaho, the home base of Behavior Imaging, telehealth-based diagnosis for ASD are not accepted by Medicaid. Currently, the autism diagnosis service is available in Arizona and will be available nationwide for $495.00 later this year.

    • Jun 05 2015 01:28 PM
    • by brian
  21. Breaking Barriers of Autism: The Power of Kindn...

    June 2, 2015- "Breaking Barriers of Autism: The Power of Kindness and Friendship"- Benjamin Tarasewicz, a high-schooler with autism, presents this inspirational TEDx Talk. During his presentation, he provides inspirational stories and tips for reaching out to people with “differences.” Also highlighted are talents that can along with “disability.”  

    • Jun 05 2015 08:42 AM
    • by brian
  22. iPad and Autism: 3 Features that Make the Table...

    June 3, 2015- "iPad and Autism: 3 Features that Make the Tablet Easier to Use"- This is a tutorial from Mark Mautone, the 2014-15 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year, demonstrating how to create a more user-friendly iPad experience for your child. There is also a link to a separate tutorial led by Mautone, discussing how to get the most out of the standard apps that come with the purchase of your iPad.

    • Jun 04 2015 01:12 PM
    • by brian
  23. Guillermo Sapiro on Innovative Approaches to Au...

    May 26, 2015- "Guillermo Sapiro on Innovative Approaches to Autism Diagnoses"- In this brief video, Pratt Professor Guillermo Sapiro talks about a new technological approach to mental health disability screening and behavioral analysis in children. Among the topics discussed is a new app that has the potential to automatically detect expressions in real time.  

    • May 26 2015 01:51 PM
    • by brian
  24. Autism Doesn't Stop Mason Junior Baseball D...

    May 18, 2015- "Autism Doesn't Stop Mason Junior Baseball Dream"- Jay Granger, a proud member of the Mason High School Bulldogs’ varsity baseball team, credits his position on the team for helping him to “realize having autism doesn’t change who I am.” Jay, who was also a member of the varsity football team in the fall, was with the Autism Alliance of Michigan’s Courage Award last month for scoring a touchdown against DeWitt in September. Jay’s good attitude and commitment earned him a spot on the team and he admits that recently getting the first hit of his career was his favorite athletic achievement of the school year.  Video is available of Jay discussing achieving his baseball dream.

    • May 19 2015 09:33 AM
    • by brian
  25. Watch Grand Rapids Union Autistic Student be Cr...

    May 4, 2015- "Watch Grand Rapids Union Autistic Student be Crowned Prom King"- Grand Rapids Union High School senior Connor Folkertsma, who was diagnosed with autism at 3 and a half years old, was recently crowned homecoming king at prom. Both Connor and his mom, Sandi Folkertsma, realize how special of a moment this is after such a long journey on the spectrum. The article is accompanied with videos and photographs for those who want to share in Connor’s achievement.

    • May 05 2015 09:19 AM
    • by brian