Many families with children who have autism count on their insurance to help pay for expensive, long-term treatment. But a recent bulletin issued by the Connecticut Insurance Department may undermine existing coverage protections, some advocates say, and they are concerned that other states might follow suit.
More than 80 percent of people diagnosed with full spectrum autism are under age 21, raising concerns about what will happen to this “great wave” of kids when they reach adulthood.
One new program in Michigan is trying to give young people with autism the skills to they need get a job by training them in the movie business. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Kate Wells of Michigan Radio reports from the set.
When acclaimed journalist Ron Suskind’s son Owen was two and a half, he suddenly stopped communicating: his vocabulary dropped to a single word, “juice,” he would cry inconsolably and had trouble both eating and sleeping.
Owen was eventually diagnosed with autism, and over the next few years, Ron, his wife Cornelia and older son Walt struggled to communicate with him.
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The clinical definition for when a child has some form of autism has been tightened. And these narrower criteria for autism spectrum disorder probably will reduce the number of kids who meet the new standard.
But researchers say the changes, which were rolled out last May, are likely to have a bigger effect on government statistics than on the care of the nation's children.
For President Obama, 2013 wasn't just the year of Obamacare. It was also the year of the brain.
In April, Obama announced his Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative — an effort to unlock "the mystery of the three pounds of matter that sits between our ears."
"I've not heard you mention the turf because that is what it was about, the Turf," said our caller named Joe who described himself as of the era of the Ghost Town Gang and others that were the topic of our discussion. From the Olmos pharmacy to the far southside there were small-time gangs all across the San Antonio of the 50s and 60s. Now in their 70s these old men recount, some with bravado, the histories of their neighborhoods and gangs to Mike Tapia, associate professor of Criminology at UTSA. Tapia is conducting interviews, compiling for future generations the history of the barrios.
Going to the movies is a part of most of our lives. But for many families with special needs, heading out to see the latest blockbuster is not an option.
In the movie business, bigger is better, and the local cineplex features an explosion of bewildering options designed to overwhelm the senses. For most of us, that’s what makes the movies fun – but for others, it can be too much to take.
Vivian Edens is a San Antonio mom whose son, Hunter, has Asperger Syndrome, a disorder on the autism spectrum.