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.
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…
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.
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...
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!
Is your child getting bullied? As a parent of a child with special needs, you're most likely not a stranger to bullying. We know bullying exists, but do we fully understand it's scale?
The deadline to file your taxes is RIGHT around the corner, and if you haven't filed yet, you still have time to help keep these students in school, at ZERO cost to you. It's really easy. You can control where your taxes go. Instead of paying your taxes, you can simply redirect them to go to an organization that creates scholarships for our students, called a Student Tuition Organization (STO.) Many parents can't afford tuition to keep some students in our schools. You really can help make a difference.
Your child has autism or some form of ASD. He or she currently attends a public school where he or she gets the attention of a teacher and possibly an instructional aide. Or your child is attending a private school where you feel everyone is supportive, but something is still "off".
Did you know Student Tuition Organizations (STO's) of Arizona can help fund your student's tuition if they are eligible? This infographic showcases interesting stats around STO's, how they work, and who is eligible.
Did you know the Empowerment Scholarship Accounts of Arizona can help fund your student's tuition if they are eligible? This infographic showcases interesting stats around the ESA (Empowerment Scholarship Accounts), how they work, and who is eligible.