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Benefit Concert by FOCUS Center for Autism was Huge Success!

FOCUS Center for Autism, located in Connecticut, recently held a concert to benefit the autistic community! The concert was a major success – over 100 people were in the audience, and musicians played original songs, as well as some throwbacks (like Michael Jackson)! This was FOCUS Center for Autism’s first...

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Kids with autism find freedom among the waves

A surf camp sponsored by HEAL, or Helping Enrich Autistic Lives, has had tremendous success with its camp! HEAL has been conducting this surfing camp since 2006, and people of all ages and disabilities can participate....

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Space Center Houston Becomes More Autism Friendly

Space Center Houston becomes first science and space exploration learning center to be designated as a Certified Autism Center by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards. The center will undergo intense staff training and facility inspections in order to ensure it can accommodate guests with autism to the...

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Minnesota Woman Strives to Teach Kids with Autism to Swim

After almost losing her own daughter, Julie Schuett dedicates her time to teaching children with autism how to swim. These children are 160 times more likely to drown than their peers, and Schuett works to teach as many as possible how to avoid a tragic ending to a trip to the...

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Michigan Mom Creates Coloring Book for Autism Awareness

A West Michigan organization, The Compassionate Awareness Autism Center, has created a new way to bring autism awareness and acceptance into the community: a coloring book.  Founder and President of The CAAC Zenia Bates formed the book around her son with autism, wanting to showcase his talents, interests, and abilities. ...

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Man Dedicates Record-Breaking Run to People with Autism

Ali Wehbi broke the record for the fastest on-foot journey across Lebanon, completing his run across the country in one day, 15 hours, and 49 minutes. He set this record on World Autism Awareness Day (April 1), dedicating his record to all people with autism. ...

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School Offers New Model for Preparing People with Autism for the Workforce

The Meristem school in Sacramento just graduated its inaugural class. This school allows students with autism to take skill-specific courses like metal work, carpentry, culinary arts, film making, and textiles, among others. This school uses a hands-on approach to teaching to prepare its students for the workforce. ...

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World’s Largest Autism Grant Awarded

Innovative Medicines Initiative awards the world’s largest neurodevelopmental grant, €115 million, to IoPPN at King’s College London. The grant, Autism Innovative Medicine Studies-2-Trials (AIMS-2-Trials), will go towards increasing our understanding and improving health and quality of life for people with autism. ...

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Eagle Scout Project to Increase Autism Awareness

Henry Pluta, a member of Scout Troop 189, uses his Eagle Scout project to promote autism through an art show. The art show will consist of pieces from local artists as well as student contributions to illustrate the values of autism schools: trust, compassion, quality, diversity, integrity, and safety. ...

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Popcorn for the People supports employees with autism

35 percent of young adults with autism spectrum disorder are unemployed or do not receive a higher education. Popcorn for the People aims to change that by providing employment opportunity to people with autism. According to the founder, Samuel Bier, selling three bags of popcorn equals one hour of employment. ...

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