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Karla Begley: Answer to Hateful Letter is to Spread Autism Acceptance

September 03, 2013

Autism Speaks Staffer Kerry Magro had a chance to speak with Karla Begley, the Canadian mother who received a hate-filled letter from a neighbor who was angered by the behavior of her son Max who has autism. The shocking letter has since gone viral and sparked an outpouring of support.

Survey Suggests Siblings May Have Problems Functioning

Siblings Of Kids With Disabilities May Have Problems Functioning, According To Survey Of Parents
August 02, 2013

A new study suggests, siblings of kids with disabilities may have problems functioning, according to a survey of parents. Nearly 250 children with a disabled sibling were included in the study which found they are more prone to having troubles with relationships, behavior, schoolwork or recreational activities, than other children.

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Young Adults With Autism Seek Out White-Collar Careers For First Time

September 27, 2012

Matthew Koenisg, 24, was working in a data entry position in St. Paul, Minnesota making below minimum wage at a supervised employment center for people with disabilities.

Koenig, is is affected by autism, was happy to have a job despite the tough economic time, but knew this wasn't the right employment fit.

Koenig says, employees were graded using "a time study to measure efficiency," he said, "but the nature of my disability means I lack certain kinds of motor skills, so I can't type as quickly as other people."

Sensory Shield, Device To Give Personal Space In Public, Developed

September 04, 2012

Lisa Daly, a lawyer with autism based in Maryland, has been awarded a $5,000 prize by the Rockville Economic Development Inc. to develop a collapsible partition for use on public transportation or any other crowded enviornment. 

She has created a prototype model that she has been using herself and is continuing to work with medical professionals, industrial engineers and her significant other, Anthony Slamin, to build the Sensory Shield for commercial use.