Institutions Serving Those With IDD Get New COVID-19 Guidance

by Michelle Diament | February 25, 2021 Susan Osborn, photographed in May 2020, sits on a bench in Union Point Park in New Bern, N.C., with her son Noah's service dog, Saxby, and her son's favorite toy. At the time, Noah, a 17-year-old with autism and other developmental disabilities, lived in an intermediate care facility. Because … Continue reading Institutions Serving Those With IDD Get New COVID-19 Guidance

Inclusive Apartment Complex Offers Opportunity For Independence

A 40-unit apartment complex developed by The Arc of the Farmington Valley includes 10 units for adults with intellectual disabilities. (Mark Mirko/The Hartford Courant/TNS) by Don Stacom, Hartford Courant/TNS | February 15, 2021 HARTFORD, Conn. — For nearly 20 young people with developmental disabilities, the new Bear Woods apartments in Canton offer their first chance to … Continue reading Inclusive Apartment Complex Offers Opportunity For Independence

Virtual Training May Help Young People With Autism Land Jobs

by Shaun Heasley | February 16, 2021 Practicing job interview skills using a virtual simulator could significantly increase the odds that young adults with autism find employment, new research suggests. In a study looking at people on the spectrum ages 16 to 26, researchers found that individuals who participated in a virtual employment training program were much more … Continue reading Virtual Training May Help Young People With Autism Land Jobs

How A Dancer On The Spectrum Landed A Spot In The Super Bowl Halftime Show

by Gabrielle Calise, Tampa Bay Times/TNS | February 12, 2021 TAMPA, Fla. — When people see Joshua Felder bust a move, they usually assume that he’s taken dance classes. Despite never being formally trained, the 23-year-old Tampa native can freestyle just like his heroes: Michael Jackson, Usher and Chris Brown. Over 96 million people watched … Continue reading How A Dancer On The Spectrum Landed A Spot In The Super Bowl Halftime Show

Doctors Overwhelmingly Harbor Negative Views Of Those With Disabilities, Study Finds

by Michelle Diament | February 8, 2021 The vast majority of doctors across the nation believe that people with significant disabilities have worse quality of life than others, according to a first-of-its-kind study. Researchers surveyed 714 physicians practicing in various specialties and locations on their feelings about patients with disabilities. More than 82% reported that such … Continue reading Doctors Overwhelmingly Harbor Negative Views Of Those With Disabilities, Study Finds

Kids Coping With Mental Disorders Spiral As Pandemic Topples Support Systems

by Christine Herman, Side Effects Public Media, and Cory Turner, NPR, and Rhitu Chatterjee, NPR | February 2, 2021 A bag of Doritos, that’s all Princess wanted. Her mom calls her Princess, but her real name is Lindsey. She’s 17 and lives with her mom, Sandra, a nurse, outside Atlanta. On May 17, 2020, a Sunday, … Continue reading Kids Coping With Mental Disorders Spiral As Pandemic Topples Support Systems

Children’s Books Honored For Disability Narratives

"Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!" and "When Stars are Scattered" are among the books being recognized by this year's Schneider Family Book Awards. (Penguin Random House) Tales about a girl with autism and a boy who’s nonverbal are among the books being honored for portraying the disability experience as part of a prestigious award given … Continue reading Children’s Books Honored For Disability Narratives

Mental Health Issues Affect 3 In 4 Kids With Autism

by Shaun Heasley | January 26, 2021Courtesy of Disability Scoop The vast majority of children with autism have at least one mental health condition too, new research suggests. Almost 78% of kids on the spectrum are diagnosed with some type of mental health condition and almost half have two or more. Even among preschool-age children with … Continue reading Mental Health Issues Affect 3 In 4 Kids With Autism