AT&T and Exmovere Partner to Fight SIDS

There are almost 2,300 incidents of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) each year. Now, by wirelessly enabling Exmovere’s patented biosensor pajamas for infants, AT&T makes it possible to monitor your baby’s critical vital signs, such as heart rate, skin temperature, moisture, and movement. The data is sent to the parent’s smart phone, tablet or computer and can be used not only as a preventative measure against SIDS but also to interpret your child’s behavioral and emotional changes so that you can know what your baby feels in real time.

Canine Companions Provide Four-Legged Friends

Canine Companions for Independence is a national nonprofit organization that provides assistance dogs for people with disabilities completely free of charge. Canine Companions serves adults and children with a wide range of physical and developmental disabilities, with over 3,800 assistance dogs placed nationwide since its founding in 1975. Many of Canine Companions’ clients are children with developmental challenges like autism and Down syndrome.

ACT Today! Grants iPads to Kids with Autism

In the past year, ACT Today! has given 88 iPads to children with autism around the country. As part of the autism care and treatment nonprofit’s new Assisted Technology Program, tools like the iPad ensure that children on the autism spectrum will reach their highest potential. Executive Director Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson talks about why the iPads are changing the lives of these children and recommends some of her favorite apps.

Kids with Autism Take Lead at Pretend City

Children on the autism spectrum need to be provided with innovative strategies that enable them to learn to negotiate effectively in the real world. This is so they will feel accepted and have the proper skills to become productive adults. Pretend City Children’s Museum provides exactly that each and every month! Pretend City, a non-profit organization, is an interactive children’s museum with real-life interconnected exhibits such as a home, restaurant, farm, grocery store, and much more.

Special Needs Theme Park First of Its Kind

On 25 acres in Northeast San Antonio lies the world’s first theme park designed with individuals with special needs in mind. Morgan’s Wonderland, inspired by the daughter of philanthropist Gordon Hartman, has welcomed more than 200,000 guests from all 50 states and 35 other countries in less than two years.

Special Needs at Sea

When Andrew Garnett founded Special Needs at Sea four years ago, he was making equipment deliveries in his own car. “I would get up at three in the morning and drive to Port Canaveral, make my deliveries there, and then I’d drive across the state and make deliveries in Tampa and then drive back,” Garnett recalls. Now his company is able to deliver special needs equipment in 99 cities around the world, in over 20 countries.

Chess Helps Students with Special Needs

Bridgepoint Academy, located just outside of Chicago, Illinois, is a unique place that helps young adults with special needs (ages 16-21) transition from school to adulthood. By focusing on fostering each student’s life goals, Bridgepoint Academy emphasizes community-based instruction to expose students to “real situations.”

One such situation presented itself at the New Lenox Public Library a few months ago. The students happened upon a meeting of an informal chess club and asked to play. According to their teacher, Amanda Price, “We’ve been going ever since.”

Conference: Vista Del Mar Autism Conferences

NOVEMBER 3, 2011
Special Guest back by popular demand: Eustacia Cutler
Speakers: Ricki Robinson, M.D., M.P.H. and Sue Rubin, Nonverbal Woman with Autism and Self-advocate
Gracie Gets An Everlasting Smile

August is kind of a tough month for me. Two years ago this month, I had my stroke and first brain surgery.  Last August, I had my facial nerve reconstruction.  The past two summers I have had to recover. After my stroke, besides having paralysis on the right side of my body, the left side of my face was paralyzed too. At first I couldn't eat, swallow, or speak, but with therapy I was able to do these things again.  I just couldn't close my eye or smile. After many tests, the doctors found out my facial nerve had been permanently damaged.

Using Technology to Keep Autistic Children Safe

When an autistic child wanders away from parents or a caregiver into unfamiliar surroundings, they can have a difficult time finding their way back. Their sense of time and distance might be altered, and they can travel long distances before they are noticed as being missing. Autistic children might be less aware of the dangers posed by traffic or might be attracted to dangerous areas such as railroad tracks or swimming pools.

Caregivers can take certain steps to help ensure their autistic child's safety: