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November 13, 2015

New government survey pegs autism prevalence at 1 in 45

new government survey of parents suggests that 1 in 45 children, ages 3 through 17, have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is notably higher than the official government estimate of 1 in 68 American children with autism, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more here.

Teen chef with autism turns his passion into a growing following

Chase Bailey, the teen chef behind YouTube cooking channel "Chase 'N Yur Face," has been steadily growing a following of fellow food lovers online. Now, he's getting nation-wide attention. Read more here.

BX boy with autism inspires national PSA

An 11-year-old Bronx boy inspired a public service announcement that is now airing across the country. Watch the News 12 interview.

Adults with autism have few hou​sing options available

“Most adults with autism live with their families long into adulthood, and for many families they’re very concerned about who will take care of their adult children with autism once they’re no longer able to do that,” Autism Speaks Executive V.P. of Programs and Services Lisa Goring told the The Star. Read more.

One Autism Speaks initiative to help meet the needs of the growing number of adults with autism is the House to Home Prize. The organization is seeking groundbreaking ideas from around the world on ways to expand housing and residential support options for adults on the spectrum that will allow them to live as independently as possible. The total prize purse is $150,000. Learn more.

Mystery couple's generous gesture shocks autism mom

A mother of a 17-year-old daughter with autism is looking for a couple who showed them both extreme kindness at a doctor's office visit recently, WSET reported. Read the story here.

Horse therapy: Out of the office and into the paddock

Your therapy session is about to begin. But you're not in a chair. One of your therapists weighs 2,000 pounds. And he can somehow sense what's ailing you, even when you're trying to hide it. Read more here.

Good Samaritans help family get road sign for son with autism

Robert Streif really likes to run. The 8-year-old's infectious smile is equally matched by his seemingly endless amount of energy. Part of his autism is that he often runs without paying attention to where he's going. His dad calls Robert a "runner" and fears he'll dart out into traffic and be hit. Read more at KAKE News.

I'm scared to be an older person with autism

Susan Dunne, a woman with aspergers discusses the fears she is facing as she gets older while also having autism. Read more here.

Texas company gives adults with autism jobs for life

A mobile software company is giving adults with autism an opportunity to create their own apps. Read more.

Five tips for helping nonverbal children with autism learn to read

“Any suggestions for teaching a nonverbal 8-year-old to read? He can form sentences using augmentative communication.” Get our expert's advice.

Runner With Autism on Women’s Running Cover

Women's Running will feature the first ever runner with autism to appear on the cover of a national fitness magazine. Kiley Lyall, a 24-year-old half marathon runner from Chicago, entered the Women's Running Cover Runner Contest with a dream of sharing her poignant story of determination. Read more here.

Rutgers University Has a Grand Plan to Help Adults with Autism Find Jobs

Last week, Rutgers University announced plans that take aim at that problem, with the help of a donation from former Viacom, CBS, and Sirius XM Radio CEO Mel Karmazin. Read more at Fortune.

Meet the boy who inspired the new Autism Speaks PSA

Jacob Sanchez, the star of Autism Speaks' new Ad Council PSA, is interviewed with his parents for News 12.