Lake Mary, FL-based Florida Autism Center opens a new site in Tampa The centers seek to build communication skills of autistic children and help them develop the social skills they’ll need to succeed in school.
Research Links Summary by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) showing the lack of adequate mature, complex sentence formulation tools: https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/assistive-devices-people-hearing-voice-speech-or-language-disorders.
American Speech Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) on the advantages of mobile devices and apps in educational settings: http://www.asha.org/SLP/schools/Applications-for-Speech-Language-Pathology-Practice/.
- What is Autism? A definition by autism advocate Amythest Schaber: via blog.theautismsite.com
- Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA): www.atia.org
- American Speech Language-Hearing Association (ASHA): www.asha.org
- Champions for Autism: www.championsforautism.com
App economy to grow to $6.3 trillion in 2021The global app economy will be worth $6.3 trillion by 2021, up from $1.3 trillion in 2016. During that same time frame, the user base will almost double from 3.4 billion people using apps to 6.3 billion, while the time spent in apps will grow to 3.5 trillion hours in 2021, up from 1.6 trillion in 2016.
Patching Florida’s Safety Net
Nationally, 1 in 5 families with a special needs child report one parent having to quit a job to provide full-time caregiving. A quarter of such caregivers are over age 60. Institutionalizing the disabled is morally right. Yet Medicaid funding for these programs has never kept pace with demand.
Tampa Bay Times, 6/19/17.
Autism—It’s Different in Girls
New research suggests the disorder often looks different in females, many of whom are being misdiagnosed and missing out on the support they need. Scientific American, 2017.
At Airports, Making Travel Easier for Autistic Passengers
Increasingly, airlines and other airports around the world are part of a movement to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism.
New York Times, 6/18/17
Autism in Motion
Children with autism are often clumsy, physically awkward or uncoordinated. This under-studied and nearly ubiquitous feature has researchers contemplating a new idea: Could motor problems be one source of autism’s social difficulties?
Spectrum Online, 5/17
The Twentysomething Cliff Is Much Worse When You’re Autistic
A giant wave of children diagnosed with autism in the 1990s are now reaching adulthood. This is a perilous phase for many of them, with at least three times the rate of social isolation and far higher rates of unemployment compared with people who have other disabilities.Slate 4/3/17