Why the public should care about autism

by Carlol Povey- Awareness and understanding of autism has improved markedly in recent times. But there is still a long way to go, as is shown by the fact that autism was the fifth most common ‘what is?’ question on Google in 2014. All too often, we hear from individuals and families living with autism […]

Police trained to interact with people with autism spectrum disorder

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A retired police officer from Michigan has made it his mission to educate first-responders and others about how to more effectively interact with people with autism spectrum disorder. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one in 68 American children is affected by autism spectrum disorder, and research indicates autistic people are seven times […]

Student film advocates for dyslexics in the education system

by Laura Mowat – A young woman with dyslexia is determined to change how sufferers are treated. Jo of Scholars Way in Amersham has created a documentary showing that dyslexia sufferers are at a disadvantage in the education system. In her new role as a young person’s ambassador, she will be supporting and educating people […]

Autism and the benefits of exercise

Anthony Angelico is strong. His push-ups are performed with impressive stamina, and he can take on hurdles both forward and backwards. His coach, Dave Geslak, who has helped him implement this exercise regimen, is certainly proud of his many physical strides. But it’s not just his physique that’s improved. His mother Mary has noticed the difference, […]

Yes, students can be dyslexic AND intellectually gifted

Gifted and Dyslexic: Twice Exceptional

by Kelli Sandman-Hurley – I would like to introduce you to Jennifer. Jennifer is in the eighth grade and earning good grades—no, she is getting great grades. According to her teachers she is a nice, compliant, intelligent student who is just a little on the quiet side. Her ideas are complex and interesting and she […]

The most promising autism research project is launched

A research project by Google and Autism Speaks to sequence and study human genomes and seek a breakthrough for autism was officially launched today. News of the partnership between the tech giant and the science and advocacy organization was first announced in June. The project aims to break new ground in understanding or treatment of […]

Group tests charter’s openness to learners with special needs

by Arianna Prothero  – Fielding phone calls from parents asking about enrollment is part of everyday business for schools, but for some charter schools, the person on the other end of the line may only be posing as a parent. Modeled after “mystery shopper” or “secret shopper” services used in retail, authorizers in the District of […]

5 holiday gift ideas for children with ADHD

by Zoe Kessler – I’ve been feeling nostalgic this Christmas, thinking about what it was like to be a hyperactive little girl with undiagnosed ADHD. I’m pretty sure I made Santa’s “naughty” list more often than not. Based on my research and life experience, I’d like to suggest the following gifts that parents can give […]

Why ADHD is being missed in girls

by Rebecca Adams – According to a new survey, 50 percent of mothers of daughters diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder thought their child’s behavior was part of “normal” adolescent development and struggles before they eventually sought help. The nationally representative survey of 1,883 people was conducted by Edelman Berland and fielded by Harris Interactive. Researchers looked at tween […]

If only more companies would use technology to support employees with disabilities

Here are some examples of what some tech companies do help their workforce with disabilities: Accenture Accenture, in partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability(LCD) has developed the Jobability portal that serves as an industry interface between persons with disability (PwD) and prospective employers. This is a new milestone and a step ahead towards our commitment towards I&D. […]