Coming Of Age With Autism

About one in 120 children in the Washington state public school system have an autism spectrum disorder. That’s a 430 percent increase from a decade ago. In the next decade many of those teenagers with autism will become adults. But what they will do as adults is anyone’s guess. Autism is often associated with children, but it’s a lifelong condition.

In Coming Of Age With Autism, we meet young people taking their first steps toward independence, and the family members and professionals who support them.


Autism Now Series: A Viewer’s Guide | PBS

The PBS NewsHour launched a special series of reports, both on-air and online… Autism Now takes a unique — and uniquely personal — look at how the condition impacts families, schools and communities.

As former anchor Robert MacNeil explains in a preview conversation with Hari Sreenivasan, the subject that drew him back to the NewsHour is one that resonates deeply with his own family and the families of thousands of others. MacNeil’s 6-year-old grandson, Nick, has autism.

MacNeil teamed up with producer Caren Zucker, who has produced many stories on the condition and is the mother of a 16-year-old son with autism, to criss-cross the country for five months, building a series of reports that explores the latest scientific and medical thinking and chronicles the impact of autism on families, educators and clinicians.

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Austria probes gruesome fate of Nazi-era disabled

By GEORGE JAHN – The Associated Press

HALL, Austria — Forensic crews scraping away dirt from the remains of the Nazi-era psychiatric patients were puzzled: The skeletal fingers were entwined in rosary beads. Why, the experts wondered, would the Nazis — who considered these people less than human — respect them enough to let them take their religious symbols to their graves?

It turns out they didn’t.

A year after the first of 221 sets of remains were exhumed at a former Austrian hospital cemetery, investigators now believe the beads were likely nothing more than a cynical smoke screen, placed to mislead relatives attending the burials into thinking the last stage of their loved ones’ lives was as dignified as their funerals.

But skeletons don’t lie.

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Carly’s Cafe – An interactive website

“Carly’s Cafe” Provides a Glimpse At What It’s Like To Live With Autism

An interactive website from agency john st. offers unique insights into the perspective of those with autism.

Those with severe autism are often unable to speak or communicate in any meaningful way, which makes 17-year-old Carly Fleischmann such an anomaly. After she was diagnosed with nonverbal autism and oral motor apraxia at age 2, Carly’s parents were told she’d never be able to communicate or develop beyond the intellect of a 6-year-old.

Instead, at age 10 she found her voice through typing and has since become a brilliant student, has recently co-authored Carly’s Voice: Breaking Through Autism with her father Arthur (president of Toronto ad agency John st.), and is an active autism awareness advocate.

Now, to further help people understand the autism experience, john st. has created Carly’s Café, an interactive website that mimics the sensory overload and confusion common to those with the disorder.


Washington State Business Leadership Network

An organization of business, employers, and community partners who support and educate other business to recruit, hire, retain, promote, and increase customer services for people with disabilities.

Contact: Karen Walter, CEO
Phone: (206) 427-7675