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Autism in the News - 01.23.12

Autism: Finding a place to be "not even wrong" (Silver Spring, Md.) My family is struggling a little right now. Jack, my autistic son, is having a hard time readjusting to the routine of school after the unstructured chaos of the holiday season. The social divide between him and his peers is widening at the same time that his autism-specific deficits are butting up against the third grade curriculum. Read more.

Living with no insurance coverage for autism (The Washington Post) Many families in Virginia who expected insurance coverage have continued to pay out of pocket — if they can afford it — or forgo treatments they say could help their children. The General Assembly is taking another look at bills that could offer relief. Read more.

Autism awareness teaches more than just facts (Autism Support Network) Autism awareness is everything. The difference between being unaware and awareness can be illustrated in looking at my son’s high school experiences and the journey he took toward social interaction. In reflecting on these emotionally charged years I realized something else…. there is enormous harm inherent in a school system that does not provide autism awareness to its general student population. Read more.

Fox’s ‘Touch’ stars Kiefer Sutherland as father of autistic child (Asbury Park Press) Autism is front and center in a new TV series starring Kiefer Sutherland that will preview at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, on FOX. The series premiere of “Touch” is scheduled for Monday, March 19, in Sutherland’s old “24″ spot. I’m not sure what a preview is, unless it’s basically the pilot. Read more.

Perspective: Narrowing Autism Definition Will Cost More, Later (Common Health) Ilyse Levine-Kanji is a school committee member in Westborough, Mass. and a former employment discrimination lawyer. Her son, Sam, has autism. As a school committee member, I recognize how costly services for autism are, and I understand the current urge to more narrowly define autism. As a parent of a child with autism, I also know that the costly supports my son Sam has received – from his school, through our insurance company, and from our own pocket – have helped him immeasurably. Read more.

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