Disability Scoop: ‘Sesame Street’ Helping Kids With Autism Learn To Wear Face Masks

Disability Scoop: ‘Sesame Street’ Helping Kids With Autism Learn To Wear Face Masks. “The videos show Julia going on a virtual playdate with Elmo, practicing wearing a face mask during a video call with her dad and learning to deal with changes as she visits the park for the first time in a long time. In addition to the videos, Sesame Workshop is also offering articles and stories to help parents and caregivers support their kids on the spectrum as they deal with changes in routine.”

First Coast News: Free digital tool helps families identify early signs of learning disabilities and ADHD (FCL September 10, 2020)

First Coast News: Free digital tool helps families identify early signs of learning disabilities and ADHD (FCL September 10, 2020). “Bob Cunningham, Executive Director of learning development at Understood, and Amanda Morin, Family Advocate and mom to kids who learn differently, shared information about Take N.O.T.E. Take N.O.T.E. is a new initiative launched in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics that includes the first memory device designed to help families spot the signs of possible learning disabilities and ADHD. The initiative’s digital resource provides families with the tools to notice, observe and track patterns in their child’s behavior with downloadable tools.”

NoCamels: National Autism Research Center of Israel Launches National Database

NoCamels: National Autism Research Center of Israel Launches National Database. “The National Autism Research Center of Israel (NARCI) at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) announced it will launch a national database that brings together Israeli scientists with clinicians to study nine key questions about autism. Over 45 scientists and clinicians, leaders in the field in Israel, came together following two national autism research conferences at BGU to publish a shared paper describing the National Database in the prestigious Journal of Molecular Neuroscience.”

UC Davis: Special performance on Facebook Live supports autism community

UC Davis: Special performance on Facebook Live supports autism community. “The Balcony theater group, in collaboration with the UC Davis MIND Institute, is hosting a Facebook Live event in support of the autism community on June 13 at 5 pm PT. The event…, streamed on the MIND’s Facebook page, includes a 30-minute expert panel on building awareness around autism, followed by a 90-minute live performance of Through Andrew’s Eyes, a play by Oscar Cabrera featuring neuro-diverse actors.”

WMUR: This app helps people with special needs make friends

WMUR: This app helps people with special needs make friends. “In its first stage, the web app is a website that operates like an app. As she works to build the database and gain users, the focus is on chatting. In the next six months or so, [Juliana] Fetherman hopes to have the iPhone and Android app developed. MAF asks users their name, age, location and diagnosis. Eventually, the algorithm will match people based off diagnoses. Currently, it shows everybody’s location (based off of zip code only) and allows people to connect with one another.”

University of Virginia: UVA Launches New Resource Site To Serve Autism Community

University of Virginia: UVA Launches New Resource Site To Serve Autism Community. “The open-source online platform, Autism DRIVE (Data System for Research Integration, Visualization and Exchange), houses a registry of upcoming, ongoing and completed research studies taking place at UVA…. Autism DRIVE also includes a directory of more than 900 resources relevant to autism from across Virginia. The resources are carefully curated to serve families and adults with autism, as well as professionals serving individuals and families with autism.”

Popular Science: Government workers with autism may go unpaid, despite their valuable contributions to science

Popular Science: Government workers with autism may go unpaid, despite their valuable contributions to science. “The fact that we can learn the story of a 22-year-old goose today is due to a large effort to digitize millions of avian profiles from paper and microfilm. Contractors did much of the labor, but a group of college-aged students also played a significant role by uploading 500,000 Bird Banding Laboratory records. The contractors made $1 per record. The students, who were autistic, earned nothing.”

EurekAlert: How virtual reality may provide a new non-invasive therapy for autism

EurekAlert: How virtual reality may provide a new non-invasive therapy for autism. “Autism was first described by U.S. researchers more than 70 years ago, and today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 59 children are identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), affecting more than 3.5 million Americans.”

UCI News: UCI-led study finds Harry Potter fan fiction challenges cultural stereotypes of autism

Not quite in the wheelhouse, but I love it, I write fanfiction, and I have a close family member who’s an aspie. So, from UCI News: UCI-led study finds Harry Potter fan fiction challenges cultural stereotypes of autism. “Online publishing platforms and digital media can provide opportunities for nonmainstream groups to push back against and offer alternatives to the simplistic stereotypes presented in literature and popular culture. A study led by the University of California, Irvine focused on Harry Potter fan fiction and discovered that autistic people, family members, teachers and advocates cast autistic characters in their stories in diverse ways that challenge typical representations.”

Economic Times: How Google Glass-based solutions can empower autistic people in India

Economic Times: How Google Glass-based solutions can empower autistic people in India. “Google Glass — an eye-wearable device that made headlines in 2015 but failed in the consumer technology space — has now rekindled the hopes of millions of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) globally, including in India. Although no official numbers are available, at least 70 million people have autism worldwide, including over 10 million in India.”

Minnesota Autism Resource website now available – Crowdsourcing allows contributed content (Echo Journal)

Echo Journal: Minnesota Autism Resource website now available – Crowdsourcing allows contributed content. “The Minnesota Autism Resource website is now available for youth and adults with autism as well as parents, teachers, social service and health care professionals and others to get and share information about autism spectrum disorders and related conditions (ASD).”

The Hindu: Google Glass returns as aid to autistic kids

The Hindu: Google Glass returns as aid to autistic kids. “Those who declared Google Glass a failure perhaps spoke too soon as it is now resurfacing as a tool to help children with autism improve their social skills. A Massachusetts-based company has developed a system for autism that runs on Google Glass, including the newly released Glass Enterprise Edition. Brain Power, the developer, launched the ‘Empower Me’ system earlier this month. It is a digital coach that runs on smartglasses, to empower children and adults with autism to teach themselves social and cognitive skills.”

WAFB: New website to provide free resources to thousands of La. children with developmental disabilities

WAFB: New website to provide free resources to thousands of La. children with developmental disabilities. Louisiana, not Los Angeles. “The Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) launched a new website Wednesday, Exceptional Lives Louisiana, which has been two years in the making…. With a few clicks, families can find the resources they need to help their child with Autism or other developmental challenges. The website includes step-by-step guides that can be tailored for each family with just a few questions and help them do things like understand a diagnosis, apply for benefits, or even find a service provider like a therapist or social worker.”