If you float in online autism circles you may be well aware of the new autism figures released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday. While it has been evident for many years that the number of those with autism is steadily rising, yesterday’s announcement that the number of cases has risen 78 percent in the last ten years is a sobering reminder.
The number of autism cases in the United States has reached one in every 88 children, the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports. The figures vary wildly between girls and boys with one in every 54 boys affected, five fold the prevalence in girls: one in 252. Continue reading →
Pierce County is using cell phone technology and a fitted personal device to track down people who have wandered outside of the safety of supervised environments.
Autistic children lacking a natural sense of danger may go out on their own in search of one of their favorite locations – anything from their local park, body of water or train tracks.
Parents of children with autism and an adventurous spirit have long had cause for concern. Locks can only do so much as children grow, get smarter and have more desire for freedom. Project Locate, which uses this technology, is providing families a great deal of relief.
Made by Texas-based EmFinders, the EmSeeQ device works on the same technology that can locate a cell phone’s position. The device looks like a bulky old-style digital watch, works on a rechargeable battery and can be worn on either wrist or ankle.
The purpose of the conference was to share recent research into the causes and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and to serve as a catalyst for powerful interdisciplinary collaborations to tackle the global autism crisis. Continue reading →