Autism News: Prevention Debunked, Friendly Shows, Braxton and Son, Jobs for Breakast, and the Power of FunSubmitted by Landon Bryce on Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:54
More theaters are planning autism-friendly performances. The Theater Development Fund is planning one for the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. The Fox Theater in Detroit will present Sesame Street Live.
Toni Braxton's autistic son Deizel will appear with her in a new Lifetime movie called Twist of Fate.
After his 19-year-old son Joe killed himself, Macolm Shaw is calling for more support for adults who have Asperger's syndrome.
Kids with autism are five times more likely than other children to experience food-related problems ranging from mealtime tantrums to extreme pickiness, issues with potentially long-term health consequences, researchers say.
Tracey Hyde is struggling to find an appropriate placement for her eight-year-old autistic son Mickey.
The National Autistic Society Undiscovered Workforce campaign includes a breakfast event to bring employers and autistic adults together.
Remembering Dave Rabb, who helped autistic kids and their parents with "the power of fun."
Luke Bain is a 12 year old autistic boy whose family uses Marmite, a strong-flavored spread made from yeast, to hide the taste of his medications. When the factory that makes the spread in New Zealand was damaged in an earthquake, production halted. Luke's mother Sharon managed to find a few jars, but was panicking when it was announced that the factory would not be able to produce more Marmite until November.
People had contacted her offering Marmite and also left some in her letterbox.
"It's just awesome."
She believed she would have sufficient Marmite to last until stocks were back to normal and enough to help other people in similar situations.
Through her work at Autism New Zealand, she knew of other children who used Marmite to administer medication and she would send a supply to the organisation to distribute.
A traumatic food experience has prevented Daniel Harrison from eating for four years.
One of the area of autism that tends to be most infuriating to neurotypical people is the difficulty we have around food: why can't we eat perfectly good food? The case of Daniel Harrison, who has been unable to eat since undergoing a severe attack of acid reflux as a baby, shows how real, and how life threatening autistic food sensitivity can be.
His father Kevin explains how devastating Daniel's situation has been for the entire family: