11:24 am
Thu July 31, 2014

On the Spectrum: How Iowa Legislation is Helping Children with Autism

Autism diagnoses have risen steadily over the last decade. This chart shows the number of children (per 1,000) aged 6–11 who were served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) with a diagnosis of autism, from 1996 through 2005.
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All kids need some guidance when it comes to appropriately interacting with others. But for kids with autism, learning social skills could be the key to becoming independent adults.

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12:00 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Being in Iowa: Caregivers Autism

The Children's Autism Project is a two-year-old initiative at the Homestead in Altoona.

Today, we continue our week-long series “Being a Caregiver in Iowa.” Yesterday we looked at professional caregivers, who face low pay and lack of training. In most cases, however, the responsibilities of direct care-giving fall to families. When it comes to families with an autistic child, this work can last a lifetime. In Part Two of our series, Iowa Public Radio correspondent Rob Dillard takes us to West Des Moines, where we meet the parents of an autistic boy, and their teenage daughter, who keeps an eye on her kid brother.

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12:01 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Autism As Diversity

Most view Autism as a devastating disorder- one that needs to be cured—but could it be viewed as a form of diversity? We listen back to Ben Kieffer’s conversation with two Grinnell residents, Emily Thornton Savarese and Ralph James Savarese, parents of an autistic child. They are the editors of a special issue of Disabilities Studies Quarterly entitled "Autism and the Concept of Neurodiversity". Then, a Syracuse college student diagnosed with Autism joins the conversation.