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  1. Novel Mouse Model Sheds New Light on Autism Spe...

    June 1, 2016- "Novel Mouse Model Sheds New Light on Autism Spectrum Disorder"- A new mouse model is the first to show that when more of a specific biological molecule moves between parts of nerve cells in the mouse brain, it can lead to behaviors that resembles some aspects of ASD in humans. This biological molecule, called acetyl-CoA, is a major part of the process cells use to make energy from food. In this study researchers engineered mice to make the human version of a protein that ferries acetyl-CoA into a specific compartment within cells. This article goes on to discuss what the researchers found from this mouse model and its implications for future research.

    • Jun 02 2016 08:47 AM
    • by brian
  2. 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
  3. Stoughton Teen with Autism Rains 3-Pointers dur...

    February 10, 2016- "Stoughton Teen with Autism Rains 3-Pointers during Basketball Game"-  Katie Walter has autism and is a freshman on Stoughton’s basketball team who probably earned some more playing time after her recent performance. As you can watch in a news clip within this article, Katie recently led her team in points with 5 3-point baskets in her first start. Katie called the experience “One of the best days ever.”

    • Feb 12 2016 12:03 PM
    • by brian
  4. Milwaukee Teen with Autism honored for Saving C...

    November 5, 2014- "Milwaukee Teen with Autism honored for Saving Child"- Joseph Brown is on the autism spectrum and credited with saving the life of an 8-year-old boy who had been struck and was being dragged by the car of an inattentive driver. Brown, who is in high school, credited his selfless act as just being a good neighbor when asked. First Responders announced that Brown's quick thinking and actions to alert the driver saved the boy's life.

    • Nov 18 2014 11:05 AM
    • by brian
  5. Madison Firm Makes Progress in Autism Diagnosis...

    November 8, 2014- "Madison Firm Makes Progress in Autism Diagnosis, Treatment"- A Madison stem cell company has developed a blood test that could enable earlier diagnosis and treatment of children with ASDs.  Today, the current average age of diagnosis in the United States is 4.5 years, but blood testing can diagnose an individual with the disorder as early as age 2. Recent research has shown the disorder was diagnosed with 81% accuracy using the new method. The next step is to conduct a clinical study involving 1,500 children, the results of which may be seen as early as late 2017.

    • Nov 10 2014 01:22 PM
    • by brian
  6. New Evidence Links Autism to Air Pollutants

    October 16, 2014- "New Evidence Links Autism to Air Pollutants"- Recently released research further indicates that air pollutants are an environmental factor increasing the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder. The study found that pollution in North Carolina yielded similar results from a previous pollution-autism study in California, despite weather and climate differences between the two states.  Researchers focused on exposure to coarse and fine particulate matter, known as PM10, which arises in part from traffic-related air pollution. Researchers used a new, more exact tool to measure the levels of particulate matter in smaller slices of time, based on pollution at the family’s address during pregnancy. With this method, they were able to compare exposures during specific weeks of pregnancy. Researchers also found that women in the third trimester of pregnancy were more susceptible to the damaging effects of air pollution on their unborn child.

    • Oct 20 2014 10:05 AM
    • by brian
  7. Boy with Asperger's Builds 250-foot Model R...

    July 7, 2014- "Boy with Asperger's Builds 250-foot Model Railroad Track"- Andrew Gray is a 12-year-old with Asperger’s who has a passion for building model trains. Andrew is obsessed with trains and spent two weeks creating his masterpiece of a railway, which consists of 250 feet of track winding around the Gray’s Plymouth Rock Resort campsite.  

    • Jul 08 2014 09:26 AM
    • by brian
  8. Evansville Girl Wins Autism Awareness Contest

    May 14, 2014- "Evansville Girl Wins Autism Awareness Contest"- This article contains the award winning essay written by sixth-grader Kendall Hazen about her friend Katie Fahey who has autism. The essay took first place in the 9th Annual Autism Awareness Essay Contest and provides its readers with a thoughtful look about what it is like to be a friend to somebody on the autism spectrum.  

    • May 16 2014 09:30 AM
    • by brian
  9. Study Suggests Association Between Soy Formula...

    March 13, 2014- "Study Suggests Association Between Soy Formula and Seizures in Children with Autism"- New research indicates a higher rate of seizures among children with autism who were fed infant formula containing soy protein rather than milk. For the study, researchers fed mice either a soy-based diet or one that was purified with casein, or dairy. The diet of purified ingredients reduced the rate of seizures by 50 percent.

    • Mar 17 2014 08:28 PM
    • by brian
  10. More Independent Work Environments May Lead to...

    January 15, 2014- "More Independent Work Environments May Lead to Reductions in Autism Symptoms"- More independent work environments may lead to reductions in autism symptoms and improve daily living with the disorder, according to a new study. Researchers examined 153 adults with autism and found that greater vocational independence and engagement led to improvements in core features of autism, other problem behaviors, and ability to take care of oneself.

    • Jan 16 2014 04:41 PM
    • by brian
  11. Health Law Adds Coverage for Services Needed by...

    January 14, 2014- "Health Law Adds Coverage for Services Needed by People with Developmental Disabilities"- The new health law under Obamacare requires that individual and small group plans sold on or off the health insurance marketplace cover 10 essential health benefits, including rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices.  However, advocates fear the insurers may avoid providing benefits to the extent needed by people because it is up to the state’s discretion as to how habilitative services are defined. Under the new law, each state had to identify a “benchmark plan” that would serve as a basis for defining the essential health benefits offered there. In the final essential health benefits rule, HHS said that if a state’s benchmark plan doesn’t define habilitative benefits, states can choose to do so themselves. According to one expert, the initial tally of state’s that have explicitly defined which services will be available under habilitative services equals to be less than half of the country.

    • Jan 15 2014 12:01 PM
    • by brian
  12. Parents Record Alleged Abuse of Autistic Son by...

    January 1, 2014- "Parents Record Alleged Abuse of Autistic Son by Therapist"- This disturbing video shows an in-home therapist abusing his 3-year-old client on the autism spectrum. Stephen Jacobs, the assailant, currently faces felony charges of abusing a child during a therapy session. The parents of Caeden Lowe, the three-year-old boy that is seen being abused in the video, decided to install a web cam after noticing that their child was not improving from the therapy sessions.

    • Jan 03 2014 11:13 AM
    • by brian
  13. Surgery to Stop Autistic Boy's Screaming Ti...

    September 30, 2013- "Surgery to Stop Autistic Boy's Screaming Tic Raises Ethical Questions"- A recent decision to have a 16-year-old boy with autism to undergo reversible vocal chords surgery to lessen his ability to yell has drawn some scrutiny from the public. The teenager would scream nearly 2,000 times a day, according to reports, and his parents decided it was best for him to undergo the surgery to separate his vocal chords, returning his voice to a normal decibel level. Although the surgery did alleviate the volume of the screams, many have been outraged by the fact that it was forced, comparing the operation to “debarking” a dog, since the two procedures resemble one another. However, the family felt that his screaming was causing the prevention of treatment and services and felt that by undergoing the surgery they would improve his overall quality of life.

    • Oct 02 2013 09:27 AM
    • by brian
  14. Service Dogs for Autistic Children Open Outside...

    July 10, 2013- "Service Dogs for Autistic Children Open Outside World to Children, Families"- Rusty is a goldendoodle who turns 2 in September and is the service dog for Gavin Schultz, a non-verbal teenager with autism. Gavin, who was prone to wandering, has had a new world of experiences open up to him after being tethered to his constant companion. The service dog has also helped calm the fears of the family and allow them to experience more as a family.

    • Jul 11 2013 11:08 AM
    • by brian
  15. Oops! When "Autism" Isn't Autis...

    July 8, 2013- "Oops! When "Autism" Isn't Autistic Disorder: Hyperlexia and Einstein Syndrome"- This article argues that children who “outgrow” autism likely never had the disorder to begin with but instead outgrew conditions like hyperlexia (children who read early) or Einstein Syndrome (children who speak late). Children with autism-like symptoms for a period of time were likely prematurely and mistakenly diagnosed with ASD, according to the author. This article concludes with details about each of the conditions that can be misinterpreted as autism.

    • Jul 09 2013 10:23 AM
    • by brian
  16. Project Lifesaver: Helping Parents Keep Kids wi...

    July 4, 2013- "Project Lifesaver: Helping Parents Keep Kids with Autism Safe"- Project Lifesaver is a location device that parents of children with autism can acquire to help them in case a child wanders away. The Meyers have bought into the system after their son non-verbal son Scott wandered off and was not found for nearly a half day. According to Deputy Sheriff Steve Albarado, the device can pick up a signal up to a mile away, and that Project Lifesaver has over 2,600 successful searches so far.

    • Jul 08 2013 09:33 AM
    • by brian
  17. Islands of Brilliance Teaches Creative Skills f...

    May 27, 2013- "Islands of Brilliance Teaches Creative Skills for Students with Autism Disorders"- Islands of Brilliance is an experimental academy for with autism to foster their creativity through technology while teaching basic skills in programs such as Illustrator or Photoshop. Since children with autism often have a narrow scope of interests, the designs they create must focus on an area of interest. The idea is that children with ASD struggle in school due to an excess of variables, but when they feel they are in control of what to do they can achieve more.

    • May 29 2013 10:21 AM
    • by brian
  18. Kiwanis Club Recruits Former Green Bay Packer t...

    May 17, 2013- "Kiwanis Club Recruits Former Green Bay Packer to Help Children with Autism"- Former Green Bay Packer William Henderson has teamed up with Kiwanis Club to help provide 1,000 iPads for children with autism. The iPads can be used to foster communication and teach children with the disorder. Henderson is the owner of the Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt franchise and hosted an event that provided iPads to children from local Wisconsin elementary and middle schools.

    • May 21 2013 11:23 AM
    • by brian
  19. Garden to Help Special Needs Families and Provi...

    May 12, 2013- "Garden to Help Special Needs Families and Provide Community Planting Area"- Volunteers from Autism Solution Pieces and Gentle Worship have teamed up to create a garden to benefit individuals on the autism spectrum. The garden offers a place for members of the community with and without autism to gather and will also yield fruits and vegetables for those with special needs who may be more sensitive to packaged and processed foods.

    • May 13 2013 12:35 PM
    • by brian
  20. Community Groups Raise Autism Awareness

    May 6, 2013- "Community Groups Raise Autism Awareness"- The Bridge Center has partnered with community organizations like the Marshfield Kiwanis Club and the Wisconsin Alumni Association: Marshfield Chapter to raise funds for the center. The Bridge Center currently provides in-home play and language development services to about 30 Marshfield-area families. The Kiwanis Club has held benefit concerts in the past and has worked to raise money to purchase iPads and the accompanying apps for the center.

    *Original article no longer available on source

    • Aug 22 2013 01:25 PM
    • by brian
  21. Battling Autism: Play Designed to Quash Stereo...

    April 11, 2013- "Battling Autism: Play  Designed to Quash Stereotypes"- The UW Center for Civic Engagement is hosting a two-day event called “Window Pains.” The play is designed to fight the stereotypes and misconceptions related to autism.  The show begins with a discussion panel of highly respected local and state professional experts on autism.

    *Original article no longer available on source

    • Jun 07 2013 11:23 AM
    • by brian
  22. Autism Spectrum Disorder: Earlier Diagnosis, Be...

    April 10, 2013- "Autism Spectrum Disorder: Earlier Diagnosis, Better Treatment"- New research from the University of Madison-Wisconsin has found that children who display certain diagnostic behaviors compared to others are more likely to be diagnosed earlier on the autism spectrum. Specifically, the researchers found that children who displayed poor nonverbal communication, repetitive behaviors, and more behavioral features of ASD were often associated with earlier diagnosis.

    • Apr 11 2013 09:07 AM
    • by brian
  23. Oak Creek Gets Active in Autism Awareness

    March 27, 2013- "Oak Creek Gets Active in Autism Awareness"- Oak Creek groups are lending their support to Autism Awareness Month activities in April. Oak Creek City Hall will be among several Milwaukee buildings that will light up in blue lights on April 1 to kick off the month of awareness.  

    • Mar 28 2013 11:09 AM
    • by brian
  24. New Miss Oshkosh Ready to Begin Work on Autism...

    March 16, 2013- "New Miss Oshkosh Ready to Begin Work on Autism Platform"- Chelsey Wasielewski, the newly crowned Miss OshKosh, is also a full-time student at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and an autism therapist through the Fox Valley Autism Treatment Program. She hopes to use her title to educate others about autism and the struggles that can accompany the disorder.  

    *Article taken offline by original source

    • May 15 2013 01:03 PM
    • by brian
  25. Family Reaches Beyond Autism

    March 16, 2013- "Family Reaches Beyond Autism"- Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin’s Beyond Boundaries of Autism program is helping individuals like Kary Jones, who has three sons with developmental disorders, care for their families. Children in the program generally meet with therapists before and after school and one weekend day for a total of 30 hours a week. Funding for intensive therapy is supplemented through private insurance of a state program and Goodwill supplies the remainder.  

    *Article taken offline by original source

    • May 15 2013 01:03 PM
    • by brian