News on Autism and Education
Below are select stories about autism and educational approaches.
December 6, 2012
The Miami Herald: If Fiscal Cliff Talks Fail, Teachers’ Jobs, Student aid, Head Start could be at risk
WASHINGTON, DC -- Special-education programs nationwide could lose $900 million as well as 11,000 teachers and aides, if federal lawmakers fail to reach a deal to stop automatic spending cuts slated for Jan. 2. If automatic spending cuts take hold, federal spending on education would be cut by about 8 percent across a broad range of programs, including money for special education, low-income students and schools near military bases. The U.S. Department of Education reported that 80 percent of school districts in a recent poll said they would not have state or local funds to make up for the lost federal money. To read the full article, click here.
November 29, 2012
U.S. House of Representatives: "1 in 88 Children - A Look Into the Federal Response to Rising Rates of Autism"
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a congressional hearing focused on the rising numbers of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and the federal response. To view or listen to the hearing proceedings or to access the transcript, click here.
November 29, 2012
A company called Specialisterne, Danish for “the specialists,” launched on the theory that, given the right environment, an autistic adult could not just hold down a job but also be the best person for it. Specialisterne has inspired start-ups and has five of its own, around the world. The company is now opening a branch in the United States, where the number of autistic adults — roughly 50,000 turn 18 every year — as well as a large technology sector suggests a good market for expansion. To read the full article, click here.
August 20, 2012
Charlie Rose: The Brain Series on Autism
Discussion about Autism and how it manifests. Charlie Rose with Eric Kandel of Columbia University, Gerald Fischbach of The Simons Foundation, Uta Frith of University College London, Matthew State of Yale University, and Alison Singer of the Autism Science Foundation. To view the program, click here.
"She's one of those rare people with autism who can explain autism," says Lesley Stahl, who interviewed Temple Grandin while reporting her recent 60 Minutes story "Apps for Autism." "She's a sort of interpreter of autism for the rest of us." Grandin has a form of autism called Asperger's, which became apparent when she was a young child possessed by temper tantrums. Doctors told her mother that the situation was hopeless, but Grandin's parents never gave up. In this 60 Minutes Overtime interview, she tells Lesley that early and aggressive childhood intervention made all the difference for her. To view the interview, click here.
July 2012, Re-Aired
60 Minutes: Apps for Autism
"For severely autistic people, communication is often impossible, leaving them unable to convey what they want or need. But as Lesley Stahl reports, touch-screen apps designed for tablet computers like the iPad are now giving autistic people new ways to express themselves, some for the first time. Teachers and parents are hailing the technology as a breakthrough, one that can reveal the true depth of knowledge and emotion trapped behind a wall of silence." To view the segment, click here.
Oped by Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) in support of the Autism Educators Act published in the Falls Church News-Press. To read the Oped, click here.
May 1, 2012
Mary and Melissa Show, BlogTalkRadio
Blogtalkradio's Mary and Melissa show focuses on the AUTISM Educators Act and features interviews with Congressman Jim Moran and parent Alexandra Arriaga. The Mary and Melissa show is "a call-in advocacy radio talk show led by two mothers living in the Nation's Capitol who share the hurdles of raising kids with disabilities/special needs in the DC area."
Use the adjacent audio player to hear the show. Part I is a conversation with Alexandra Arriaga and Part II is with Congressman Jim Moran (VA).
April 27, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC -- Local parents are a driving force for a bill introduced by their U.S. Congressman, Rep. Jim Moran, to help improve training for teachers who work with students on the autism spectrum. To read the full article, click here.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Autism Speaks, the nation's leading autism science and advocacy organization, applauded Congressmen Jim Moran (VA-8) and Michael Doyle (PA-14) for introducing the AUTISM Educators Act to improve training for teachers who work with students on the autism spectrum. To read more, click here.
April 22, 2011
PBS News Hour: Autism Now Broadcasting Series
On the PBS Newshour's multi-episode series on Autism, Robert MacNeil explores the rise in the number of cases of Autism, research developments, and how public school systems handle teaching students with Autism. To view episodes, click here.
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SALT LAKE CITY — New national autism rates were released Thursday and Utah has the highest rate in the country. While a rate of one in 88 is diagnosed with autism nationwide, Utah is one in 47, according to the Centers for Disease Control. These alarming rates have medical experts seeking more services for Utahans affected by autism. Watch the story. To read more, click here.
One in 49 children in New Jersey are on the autism spectrum which puts the Garden State second in the nation, behind Utah, as having the highest rates of autism in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today that the rate of cases nationwide has risen to one in 88 children. The previous estimate was one in 110. Read more here.
March 26, 2012
The Interactive Autism Network (IAN) is a project of the Kennedy Krieger Institute and is supported by Autism Speaks, Simons Foundation, and the National Institute of Mental Health. IAN is sharing initial results of a national survey on the bullying experiences of children on the autism spectrum. The findings show that children with ASD are bullied at a very high rate, and are also often intentionally “triggered” into meltdowns or aggressive outbursts by ill-intentioned peers. To read more, click here.