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2019: New Year, New Look – The Evolution of Our Brand

2019: New Year, New Look – The Evolution of Our Brand

Over the last few months, you may have seen some glimpses of our new name and logos… This evolution in our brand was triggered by our students’ voices. This rebrand is for them. To make 2019 the year we eliminate judgement amongst those who don’t truly understand what it is to be exceptional; those who hear the word “autistic” and jump to conclusions based on stereotypes.

Behind the Scenes: Club Updates from our Teachers!

 Behind the Scenes: Club Updates from our Teachers!

We’re halfway through the school semester and our students have been having a great time taking part in our clubs. We have over 20 clubs this semester! Each student can select the clubs they would like to participate in, and based on seniority and availability, their schedule is determined. Clubs are a great way for our students to practice their social skills while learning and having fun.

Can autism really be "cured" with a cancer drug?

Can autism really be "cured" with a cancer drug?

Researchers are constantly looking for answers. What exactly is autism? What causes it? Most importantly, can it be "cured" or reversed?

The findings are becoming more clear – researchers are creating a link between defects in chromosomes and autism. They've found that 7% of those with autism are missing a piece of their chromosome 16. This chromosome is known as 16p11.2 deletion syndrome, which often leads to neurodevelopmental disability and language skills impairment.

[Infographic] - The Latest Autism Rates

[Infographic] - The Latest Autism Rates

The latest research released by the CDC shows that autism rates have been climbing over the last few years. The report is published every two years by the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, a CDC-funded tracking system that assesses more than 300,000 8-year-old children for the disorder. Here’s what they found…

The differences between the disorders on the autism spectrum

The differences between the disorders on the autism spectrum

There are several different disorders on the autism spectrum. These are called ASD’s – autism spectrum disorders. There is much confusion in terminology these days. Many people have a hard time understanding what the symptom differences are between the disorders. Here is a starter guide to understanding the spectrum – which disorders are classified as being on the spectrum, as well as some conditions that have similar symptoms as ASD’s, but do not fall on the spectrum. 

Post-High School Options for Adults with Autism in Arizona

Post-High School Options for Adults with Autism in Arizona

As a parent of a child with autism or other exceptionalities, you’re probably asking yourself: what happens after high school graduation? Before we get into that, did you know... There are 50,000 individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that turn 18 each year in the United States. Because there are still a lot of questions left unanswered about the causes of the condition, research has been primarily focused on the earlier years of children’s development versus adulthood.  However, a recent study tracked young adults with autism over their first six years after high school. Here’s what the results found for youth with ASD...

Autism Blogs: Our Top Picks

Autism Blogs: Our Top Picks

We've narrowed down our list of favorite blogs to our top selections. The following list of blogs are written by people who either have autism or other exceptionalities share their personal journeys, or parents share their stories of navigating the daily ups and downs of being a parent of an autistic or exceptional child. We hope you'll find them as inspirational, informative, and entertaining as we do!