Category: Autism

5 New Positions at Ford Specifically Designed for Employees with Autism

It’s all too common for people on the spectrum to struggle with getting and holding a job. In fact, people with autism are less likely to be employed than those with other different abilities. This is largely due to struggles with communication and social interactions, difficulties that are inherent to autism. In a move to help remedy this situation, the car company …

Teen with autism is 2017 Rubik’s Cube World Champion

Max Park is a 15 year old on the autism spectrum who just became the 2017 Rubik’s Cube World Champion. Max is a speedcuber, a person who competes in cubing competitions by solving a Rubik’s Cube and other twisty puzzles in record time.  His best time in this year’s competition was an astonishing 5.87 seconds. Watch his inspiring journey to becoming …

Vacation Can Be Hard for Autism Families, But THIS Getaway is Perfect

Caleb Ansley was three years old when he was diagnosed with autism. The doctors told his parents, Kim and Jason Ansley, that he would continue to be nonverbal for his entire life. Photo: Rumble/HacksandWacks “I always questioned, ‘Really, nonverbal?’” said Kim. “But here we are. He’s now eleven, and Caleb sure does not talk.” As much as Caleb’s parents love …

Autistic Brothers Create Device Police Can Use to ID People on the Spectrum

Brad Benjamin, 27, and his brother Kenny Benjamin, 26, have autism spectrum disorder, and they wanted to help others on the spectrum stay safe should they come into contact with first responders during a stressful situation. With help from their parents and the Prince George’s County Police Department in Maryland, the young men have launched the National Autism Registry, which works specifically …

Lady Gaga invites boy with severe autism on stage

Lady Gaga made a very special surprise to a child named Owen last night. He is affected by severe autism and her mother has been trying to get him to meet Gaga for quite some time. Last night, during her Joanne World Tour show in Philadelphia, his dream came true. Owen got invited on stage, carried by two men who brought him …

Anxiety may alter processing of emotions in people with autism

A brain region that processes emotions, including fear, tends to be smaller in children who have both autism and anxiety than in those who have autism alone, according to a new study1. The findings suggest that the difference in volume of this region, called the amygdala, is related to how these individuals process emotions. The amygdala is thought to be involved …

This is what autism acceptance looks like for my son

This blog post was written by Kathy Hooven and her son, Ryan, who has autism. You can read more about Kathy and her family on her blog, “The AWEnesty of Autism.” So, Wednesday night Ryan was in his first HS Musical. Our High School, Cumberland Valley, puts on shows that could truly rival many off Broadway shows. Ryan has NEVER danced …