Advocates and Virginia lawmakers to discuss challenges adults with autism are facing today

Charlottesville, Va. — Autism advocates and lawmakers in Virginia are set to meet Sept. 28 to sit down and discuss the challenges that adults with autism spectrum disorder are facing. The advocates and lawmakers will be meeting in an activity-filled event, which will feature workshops, presentations, and informal networking sessions. Among the presenters in the […]

New study finds adults with autism are isolated

St. Louis, MO – A new study has found that adults on the autism spectrum have less friends, are invited out less, with some completely isolated. The study used information from the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 that examined rates of social interaction among adults with autism, and compared them to socialization rates of other […]

Milford autism center to acquire larger premises

Milford, OH – A local autism center will be closing down in order to open a larger facility specifically designed to accommodate young adults on the spectrum. Julie Smith, founder of the center, recently decided to shut its doors when she realized that it was no longer able to meet the needs of the individuals […]

Autism film ‘Sounding the Alarm’ raises autism awareness about adults with autism

Sounding the Alarm film, Dr. Christopher McDougle – Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of Mass General’s Lurie Center for Autism made his debut in the film last week which premiered at Massachusetts General Hospital. Nationwide screenings and an online release will follow. Karen Weintraub in the Boston Globe reports that the […]

Autism Initiatives focuses on helping adults with autism

Derry, Northern Ireland — While a lot of centers are now starting to open their doors to help cater to the special needs of the growing number of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the same can not be said for the adults dealing with the same developmental condition. But one organization based in Derry, Northern Ireland, […]

BE SAFE The Movie – Interview with Emily Iland

Be Safe the Movie – We recently ran a series on the topic of law enforcement and autism and we were received many personal messages about this emotive subject. The opinion piece, Autism and the Police – I am Frightened, in particular, received many comments  from parents and caregivers of children and adults with autism. […]

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Portland women create better primary care experience for adults with autism

Portland, Ore. — While trying to find her way through the best care she could give for her 3-year-old son who was diagnosed with autism, Christina Nicolaidis chanced upon meeting Dona Raymaker, a 43-year-old with ASD. It wasn’t long before Nicolaidis realized how daunting a task must it was for adults like Raymaker to navigate […]

Man with autism found dead by family members after being reported missing to police

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan. – When Kurt Miller, 32, went missing from his home, his family reported this incident to the police. Mr Miller went missing a week last Wednesday and was sadly found dead outside his apartment on the following Sunday. Mr Miller had autism. Mr Miller’s father, Lee Miller and his younger sister, Kellie […]

Autism services lawsuit against Medicaid results in $7 million settlement

Kennebec County, ME – A class-action suit settled against the state government will result in almost 1000 adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) obtaining improved support and services. The suit was brought by 18 plaintiffs through their lawyer Gerald Petruccelli in an effort to secure housing and other specialized programming through MaineCare, the state’s equivalent […]

New census report in Philadelphia shows increased need for autism services

Harrisburg, PA — A new census report for Philadelphia was recently  released and shows that the need for autism services in the state rose dramatically. The number of individuals on the spectrum already receiving services since 2005 has since tripled, but the report estimates that more individuals with autism may not have been included in […]