Category: Autism

Texas 7th-grader with autism gets perfect score on standardized math test

And in math, Cade Elias is a star student. The 13-year-old’s ability in math is unparalleled in the Frisco Independent School District, because he got every question correct on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) program, WFAA reported. His mother, Renee Elias, was stunned. “I said ‘You got a perfect score on the math STAAR (test).’ And he said, ‘What?!,” Elias …

Girl with autism devastated by school report receives new one from father.

Many people have praised Shane Jackson for demonstrating ‘parenting done right’ A young girl with autism who came home distraught after receiving her school report card was then given a new one from her father – which has now gone viral on Twitter. When Sophie Jackson returned home after school one day, she couldn’t hide her dismay at receiving D grades in all of her classes. …

The women who don’t know they’re autistic

  Let’s call her Sophie. The description we’ll give could be that of any woman who is on the autistic spectrum without knowing it. Because such women are intelligent and used to compensating for communication impediments they may not be consciously aware of, they can slip through the cracks of our still-inefficient diagnostic procedures. World Autism Awareness Day takes place every …

SpongeBob, Frozen, and More to Offer Autism-Friendly Performances

TDF announces its 2018-19 lineup of Broadway performances tailored to audiences on the autism spectrum. TDF, the not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts now celebrating its 50th year of service, has announced its eighth season of autism-friendly performances of Broadway shows for families with children and adults on the autism spectrum and other developmental disabilities. The five-show season begins …

Study of How We Look at Faces May Offer Insight Into Autism

How we look at other people’s faces is strongly influenced by our genes, scientists have found in new research that may be especially important for understanding autism because it suggests that people are born with neurological differences that affect how they develop socially. The study, published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, adds new pieces to the nature-versus-nurture puzzle, suggesting …

10 Questions You Always Wanted to Ask a Person with Autism

“I just don’t know how to pretend to find a bad joke funny.” This article originally appeared on VICE Austria.  For a long time, 33-year-old Marlies Hübner couldn’t understand why she was constantly having difficult conversations with people—often offending loved ones without intending to. Frustrated, she decided to search for an answer. In her mid 20s, after several meetings with specialists, …