Music provided by Conor Tague at the Autism Conference
Mon, April 08, 2019
YAI held its annual Autism Conference on April 2, 2019, coinciding with World Autism Awareness Day to match a moment when the global community reflects on advances in care, treatment, and understanding of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Simple drawing of 2 figures with differing leg lengths
Thu, May 03, 2018
Proper alignment of bones and joints is essential for stabilizing body motion during standing and walking. People with ASD have a reduced perception of their body movement or shift relative to their own postural orientation and equilibrium. At the clinic we often hear of issues such as fatigue, awkwardness, clumsiness and instability of their foot, ankle and hip joints. When we assess people with ASD at our P&O clinic (“P” for Prosthetics and “O” for Orthotics) it becomes clear that foot...
Headshot of Consuelo Senior, Assistant Coordinator of Sex Education
Tue, March 27, 2018
Sexuality refers to the total expression of who you are as a human being. Our sexuality begins in the womb and ends at death. (Freud, 1986) Everyone is a sexual being, babies, children, teens, adults and the elderly. Sexuality is therefore experienced throughout the developmental lifespan. So why is social-sexual education for people on the autism spectrum and with other developmental disabilities (DD), still taboo? The American Academy of Pediatrics states, “Sexual development is a...
Wed, December 30, 2015
Ellen Zimiles, a wonderful parent and partner at Navigant, Inc., makes a compelling case for hiring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We need more employment opportunities for the people we support.
Mon, January 09, 2012
It is interesting to notice that on a daily basis there is a new research/study that analyzes one specific aspect seen with the Autism Spectrum Disorder. A recent one identified a potential autism link with immune system abnormalities. This condition is amazingly multifaceted and it requires a constant attention to details that sometimes I feel can limit the general understanding of the condition itself. On the other hand, it also sounds like a promising scientific way to go. Any news for us is...
Thu, January 26, 2012
I was amazed, as I watched more than 24 individuals with Asperger's syndrome mark the holidays recently just like anyone else would. They socialized at their party and played charades, 20 questions and Pictionary -- activities designed to help enhance their social skills. The partygoers were all students or graduates of NIPD/NJ's Asperger's Skill Building Network. "This program has given me a great reason to get out and meet people," said Emily, 22, who has attended the program since September...


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