For years, autism activists have been working with state legislatures to require insurance companies to provide covered care for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and other autism treatments. Big strides were made with Obamacare, with 29 states in the Health Insurance Marketplace now covering ABA as an Essential Health Benefit. This allows residents of 29 states [...]
The autism spectrum has typically been visually represented as a linear progression, with “not autistic” on one end, and “very autistic” on the other. The problem with this understanding of the spectrum is that it oversimplifies a complex medical condition and does not account for the myriad complexities in human brain processing. Autism is a [...]
Autism Spectrum Disorder is increasing every year among global populations. In fact,according to the CDC, there has been a 119% increase in the occurrence of autism from 2000-2010. The CDC has also found that 1 in 68 children were on the spectrum in 2012. While this rising prevalence of ASD is partly because of diagnosis [...]
Modern medical science has only recently begun to scratch the surface when it comes to understanding autism and other developmental disabilities. Though in name “autism” is roughly a century old, it has only been understood as a diagnosable, genetic disability since the 1970s. Given this timeline, many of the pioneers in autism care and research [...]
Over the past 70 years, the medical community’s understanding of autism has evolved in both definition and implication...
In public consciousness, there are many misconceptions about autism and ASD (autism spectrum disorder). Because autism is both prevalent and complex in nature, it is especially important that the myths be parsed out from the facts. Though autism research has gained momentum, much remains to be learned about ASD and the individuals it affects. In [...]