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).
Mon, February 11, 2019
Cooking, planning, and meditating. These are the three pillars of YAI’s Transition to Independence (TTI) program, a free group for young adults, ages 17-21, who are diagnosed with autism.
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...
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.
Fri, April 03, 2015
Recent article discusses a pilot program created to hire people with autism at Microsoft. Read more about it here.
Thu, April 02, 2015
Huffington Post article discusses a new dating site dedicated to people with autism. Read more about it here .
Thu, May 21, 2015
This article discusses a new survey that finds many health care providers admittedly know little about how to care for adults with autism. Read more about it here .
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...