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US News & World Report Features Postsecondary Scholarships for the Autism Community

April 21, 2014

Last week, the Scholarship Coach in US News & World Report provided information on scholarships that can help students with autism finance their postsecondary education and ease the transition to college. 

Local Peer Mentorship Program Helps Students with Autism Shine

April 21, 2014

(April 21, 2014) -- Southwestern Illinois’s Belleville School District is making a positive impact on the lives of their students with autism. Chris Gibson, the district’s autism consultant, reached out to the district’s administrators with the hope of launching a first-of-its-kind mentorship program in the area. Once approved, the pilot program was implemented at Douglas and Central Junior High in Belleville where students with autism are mentoring several of their classmates with autism.

Family Still Looking for Answers after Death of 37-Year-Old Woman with Autism

April 10, 2014

(April 10, 2014) - Philadelphia Daily News Columnist Ronnie Polaneczky examines the tragic case of Christina Sankey, a 37-year-old woman with severe autism who disappeared in the company of her caregiver on March 6, 2014 inside a Macy's department store in Philadephia. Tragically, Sankey's body was discovered the next day five miles away.

Ruling in Rhode Island to Help Adults with Disabilities Find Better Jobs

April 10, 2014

A recent article in The New York Times detailed a US Department of Justice (DOJ)  agreement with Rhode Island to reform the state's “overreliance” on segregated work settings that exclude integrated alternatives for competitive employment for individuals with disabilities.

ATN/AIR-P Tools for Successful Vision Exams

New experiences, including medical visits, can be difficult for individuals with autism. A trip to the optometrist’s office for a vision exam is one type of medical visit that can be challenging because an eye exam may be upsetting for patients who are over-reactive to sensory input. Because exams are done infrequently, desensitization through repetitive visits does not usually occur.