From Autism Awareness

Changing The Autism Perception

The unfortunate reality with autism is that most peopleknow very little about itwhichleads to those on the autism spectrum feeling unfairly judged and misunderstood.

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CARD Mission POSSIBLE

At CARD, we believe in adding value through measurable results. Nothing motivates us more than seeing positive outcomes in the families and individuals whom we treat. Our mission is to provide our clients with the treatment that they need, expand their opportunities to achieve, and help them lead happy, independent lives.

Bay Area Walk Now For Autism Speaks

The San Jose office for the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD, Inc.) was proud to participate again this year in the Bay Area Walk Now event sponsored by Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization supporting families affected with Autism. This marked the 11th year that this walk has taken place in the city of San Jose, CA at History Park at Kelly Park.

Massachusetts

CARD Massachusetts Open House – Come See Our New Office!

CARD is proud to announce the official opening of our CARD Massachusetts treatment center, located at 118 Long Pond Road, Suite 205, in Plymouth, Massachusetts! CARD Massachusetts provides a variety of services based on the scientifically proven, applied-behavior-analysis (ABA) approach. Services include center-based treatment, home therapy and supervision, parent training, and school shadowing. The grand opening will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2012 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The community is invited to meet the staff, tour the facility and review the state-of-the-art CARD curriculum. Refreshments and kid-friendly activities will be provided.

Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Adults

According to Dr. Brugha and colleagues, these findings suggest that the increased prevalence of ASD seen today may not be the result of increased incidence of ASD, but rather under-diagnosis of ASD across previous generations. While further research is needed to replicate these findings, the results of this study offer preliminary evidence that incidence of ASD may have remained more or less stable over time and that improved screening and diagnostic practices may account for the greater rate of ASD diagnoses today.

Spotlight on Jacob Barnett

Jacob Barnett is a 13-year-old child with Asperger’s syndrome who is currently being recruited by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) for a paid research position. Why? Because he has far surpassed the level of what college professors can teach him and university officials believe that Jacob’s skills would be more useful in a research environment.

The Autism Accessibility Program

As I surf the web for the latest news concerning autism, I try to keep an eye out for articles describing new programs developed to better accommodate children with autism and their families. To me, such programs signify an increase in autism awareness and acceptance in our communities. This week one particular program caught my eye.

Law Enforcement and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Written By Marlena Smith & Jill Teagardin Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are characterized by deficits in communication and social interaction, as well as the presence of repetitive and stereotyped behavior. These core features are likely to impact interactions between persons with ASD and others, including law enforcement officers. If police officers are unfamiliar with ASD, they may misinterpret such behaviors as suspicious, noncompliant, or threatening. Furthermore, such misinterpretations may in some cases result in unnecessary injury or fatality. For this reason, CARD researchers Jill Teagardin, Dr. Dennis Dixon, Marlena Smith, and Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh are conducting a study to train…

Autism Independence

The schooling that Phil’s students were receiving was something called transition services. Transition services are classes that help adults with disabilities become as independent as possible. Bob, Phil’s highest functioning student is somewhere on the autism spectrum. He would leave class everyday and go to work at his job for a few hours. It was a menial task but Bob enjoyed it, he liked the independence he had and would tell me about what he did there.