Autism-friendly Santas a hit at malls (Australia)
Visiting a shopping mall to share Christmas wishes with Santa had always been too much for 10-year-old Ben Borre, due to the autism that makes the noise, lights and crowds an unbearable torment. Read more.
Tablet helps autistic learn, communicate (India)
When New York-based Akshay (name changed) came down to visit his grandparents in Mumbai, his iPad was one of the most important possessions in the luggage. Diagnosed with autism since he was 18 months of age, the 10-year-old who speaks only a few words managed to communicate with his grandparents and visitors with the magic tablet. Read more.
Acting with autism (Fresno, Calif.)
One in every 110 children is diagnosed with some level of autism. For many parents, this usually means problems with communication and little interest in interacting with others. But now a new program is changing how we look at autism by putting kids in the spotlight. Read more.
Review: ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ mines 9/11 and autism for emotional weight (HitFix.com)
I wish I were more resistant to Stephen Daldry’s movies. He’s given to the sort of grand gestures that can drive me nuts in some filmmakers who don’t earn those moments, who work at the depth of a car commercial, but put to service of some fairly well-groomed material. Read more.
Newark woman swims frigid Elk River for autism awareness (Newark, N.J.)
With a dusting of snow covering the ground and an air temperature just below the freezing mark, a Newark woman plunged into the frigid Elk River Sunday morning on a mission to raise awareness of autism and become certified as an ice swimmer. Read more.