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Autism in the News - 02.14.12

Autistic Danvers Boy Denied Skating Lessons, Policy Changes (Danvers Patch) A six-year-old Danvers resident with autism was denied group skating lessons in Peabody if his parents or therapist had to be present. Read more. 

Parents push autism bill 'clean-up' (Charleston, W. Va.) Wally Aman drove from Wheeling to the state Capitol Monday to deliver a message to state lawmakers: Autistic children across West Virginia are missing out on important treatment services because of a last-minute change to the state's new autism insurance law last year. Read more. 

From the comments: Should police receive training on autism? (M Live) Watching police struggle with, Taser and arrest her son was terrifying for Susan Maxson. Her worst fear came true right before her eyes. Read more.

New apps help autistic children (The Daily Beacon) While many people use smartphone applications every day for everything from simply flash games to making credit card purchases, Dr. David F. Cihak is using them to help educate children with autism. Read more. 

Florida Asperger teen missing since Sunday (Seminole County, Fla.) A 17-year-0ld teen with Asperger, a higher functioning form of autism, has been missing for nearly 48 hours. The Seminole County teen, Brandon Lassonde, went to the local library around 4 pm on Sunday, but never returned. His family says he’s disappeared before, but never has he been gone this long. The Seminole County Sheriff’s office is asking the public to help in finding Brandon. Read more.

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