autism spectrum disorder

Visual Art
7:45 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Could Art Help Us Understand Autism?

From the All For One exhibit at the Park Trades Center in Kalamazoo
Credit courtesy of Bill Davis

Last year, Western Michigan University art students took a class that examined art made by kids with autism to better understand how they communicate.

Now the Autism & Visual Art Project has blossomed to a global program that includes workshop materials for educators, an exhibit, and even a documentary film.

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Autism
12:00 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

WestSouthwest: A proposed farm for adults with autism

Tom, an Aacorn Farm participant beside a peg rack he helped create
Credit Courtesy of Cindy Semark

Cindy Semark says there aren't many options for adults, like her son, who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

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4:04 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Asthma, autism patients denied medical marijuana

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This is one of the first decisions by the Michigan Medical Marijuana Review Panel. The panel was formed about five years ago, yet still does not meet the state’s requirements for its members.
It pains Jenny Allen to see her 6-year-old autistic son bang his head against the floor and bite himself, knowing there is little she can do to calm him.
Aacorn Farm
7:15 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Proposed farm for adults with autism in Kalamazoo takes step forward

Tom, an Aacorn Farm participant beside a peg rack he helped create
Credit Courtesy of Cindy Semark

    

The founders of Aacorn Farm hope to raise $3-million to give adults with autism the option to live and work on a farm.

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4:49 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Low-income kids with autism can access new treatment

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According to an official from the Michigan Department of Community Health, the treatment helps children with autism spectrum disorder to have better social skills and improve behavior.
Tuesday the familiar green tinge of the Mackinac Bridge has turned blue, to promote Autism Awareness month. Two state-run insurance plans are also taking on the autism issue, with a decision to expand coverage for behavioral therapy. Michild and Medicaid have expanded their coverage to include a specific type of therapy that low-income children did not previously have access too.

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