(August 14, 2014) -- Mary MacCracken passed away due to complications of melanoma at the age of 88 on July 23 in Hanover, NH. MacCracken was known for her innovative approaches to teaching students with cognitive disabilities. She started her work in the special education field in the late 1960's as a once-a-week volunteer and later wrote several memoirs and books about her work that attracted the interest of several television producers.
Toronto, Ontario (August 14, 2014) – Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, has named renowned Canadian geneticist Stephen Scherer, Ph.D., D.Sc., FRSC, as director of the Autism Speaks Ten Thousand Genomes Program (AUT10K), a collaborative to develop the world’s largest database of complete genomic information on individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their family members.
(August 12, 2014) - The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is opening the Center for Autism Services and Transition (CAST), a new program to help young adults with autism gain independence on their transition to adulthood. According to OSU, CAST is one of only a few clinics in the country to provide care coordination and primary and specialty care services for adults with ASD.
(August 11, 2014) – The Age, an independent newspaper from Australia, came out with an article yesterday on a debated topic in the autism community about whether a student with autism in a postsecondary program should disclose his or her autism diagnosis. The article features the story of Penny Robinson, a student with autism from Monash University in Australia who disclosed her diagnosis of Asperger syndrome to her teachers and peers.
(August 11, 2014) - Detroit's Oakland University has announced a new effort to help adults with autism find employment. Former Autism Speaks Executive Vice President Pat Kemp has been named the organization's Executive Director.