Winter is a magical season… We usually wait for the holiday and for the presents, no matter how old we are. We start to believe in all good things, believe that this season will be special, our dreams will come … Continue reading
Human psychology is a weird thing… We are not afraid of the darkness itself, but afraid of what could be hidden in it. We are not afraid of height but we are afraid to be fallen and die. When you … Continue reading
After his latest monthly workshop with Shema Kolainu, on Bullying Prevention, Dr. Stephen Shore sat across from us in the hotel lobby and told us the insider’s story. He told us he’d had autism since he was very young and … Continue reading
Every year, approximately 50,000 people with autism graduate from the school system. That’s as large as many US cities. In Solano County, California, Jeanine Stanley wants to bring to fruition a ranch that would give some of these young adults … Continue reading
Ono Academic College, a university located in a Tel-Aviv suburb, recently began an initiative helping adults with Asperger’s earn a college degree in business administration. Continue reading
Newsround’s special program about living with autism has won Best Factual Program at the 2013 International Emmy Kids Awards. ‘My Autism and Me’ looks at what it’s like to live with autism, a condition that affects the way you live your life and see the world around you.
Thirteen- year- old Rosie takes viewers into her world to explain what its like to grow up with autism. With the help of beautifully crafted animation, Rosie introduces other children who have the condition: Tony who gets totally obsessed with things but struggles to make friends, Ben, who has suffered from terrible bullying, and Rosie’s own brother Lenny, who turns the house upside- down daily to try and make sense of things. These children tell their own stories, in their own words to give a vivid and moving insight into what its like to have autism.
Rosie, the film’s presenter, told Newsround it was really good to win the award and wanted to thank the other boys who feature in the film. Rosie was born with autism, and says even though living with it is hard, it makes her unique and who she is.
Although autism is hard to diagnose before 24 months, symptoms often surface between 12 and 18 months and if it is caught in infancy, treatment can begin early and we can gain much progress from taking advantage of the adolescent brain’s amazing flexibility. If signs are detected by 18 months of age, rigorous treatment may help to rewire the brain and undo the symptoms.
The initial signs of autism entail the lack of normal behaviors and not the existence of abnormal ones. This then is hard to spot. Often enough, the most basic symptoms of autism are misinterpreted as signs of a “good baby,” because the toddler may seem quiet, self-sufficient, and easy going. However, you can detect warning signs early if you know what to look for.
Some autistic infants don’t respond to cuddling, reach out to be picked up, or look at their mothers when being fed.
At a special Tu BiShvat seder organized by Ezra and Gabriella Friedlander in their home in the heart of Borough Park, New York City Council Speaker and Mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn was warmly welcomed this past Sunday by a small but highly influential group of Boro Park Leaders.
Also participating in the Seder were NYC Councilman Brad Lander, President of the City Council in Yonkers Charles Lesnick, Assemblyman David Weprin, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, of the NY Board of Rabbis, Abe Eisner, Yeruchim Silber of the BPJCC, Alexsander Rapaport of Masbia, Dr. David Moskovits, Leon Goldenberg, Moshe Friedman of Community First, Meir Laufer, founder of New York Wheel, Isaac Sofer – Central UTA Satmar, Ari Weiss, Shomrim, Naftali Reiner of Bobov ,Jonathan and Cynthia of the QJCC, Esther Henny Jaroslawicz, Boro Park Bikur Cholim, Zev Brenner of Talkline Communications, were among many other local community leaders and activists attending.
Guests were treated to all the traditional fruits of the holiday. In addition about a dozen readings from the Torah Sages were distributed and read by different participants. The topics discussed ranged from the importance of conservation to the unity and responsibilities of the local community people. The attendees were able to exchange candid and thought provoking ideas.
“Sharing our traditions with elected officials allows us to get to create an atmosphere of mutual respect and having Council Speaker Quinn join us demonstrated her sensitivity to our community” said Ezra Friedlander, CEO of The Friedlander Group.
A recent study has found that one in 3 young adults with autism have no paid job experience, college or technical schooling nearly seven years after high school graduation. Continue reading