Friday, March 24, 2017

Children with autism 40 times more likely to die from injury, study says

Preventable injuries often lead to death among people with autism, a new study says. They are three times more likely than the general population to die because of injuries, according to the study, published Tuesday in the American Journal of Public Health.
 
For children and young teens with this developmental disability, the numbers are more striking: They are 40 times more likely to die from injury than the general child population, researchers said. 
 
Drowning is the most common fatal injury among children with autism.
 
People diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, which causes challenges with social skills and communication, die at an average age of just 36, noted the researchers. For the general population, life expectancy is 72.
 
Two motives drove Dr. Guohua Li, senior author of the study and founding director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University, to research the relationship between autism and injury.
 
"First, the prevalence of autism has been increasing," Li said, noting that there are an estimated 3.5 million people living with autism in the US, including about 500,000 children under the age of 15. 
 
"Second, there is anecdotal evidence that people with autism are at higher risk of injury."
Actual research to provide hard evidence, though, has been difficult to find. 
 

Friday, March 17, 2017

10 Random Autism Facts


Light It Up Blue and World Autism Month


LIUB and World Autism Month is just around the corner, but what exactly is it all about? Let’s check it out!

Every year on April 2nd, Autism Speaks celebrates the beginning of its most popular signature campaign, the Light It Up Blue or LIUB campaign. The World Autism Month is April, and World nd. Businesses, corporations, individuals, and governments in every country around the world will attempt to Light It Up Blue to help raise awareness about autism.
Autism Awareness Day is April 2

Some of the world’s most iconic landmarks were lit up blue last year in the 2016 LIUB Campaign. As the darkness fell on April 2, thousands of buildings were lit up. Some of the more recognized landmarks and buildings which were participating included: One World Trade Center and Rockefeller Center in New York City; CN Tower in Canada, the Panama Canal, the Suez Canal in Egypt, Taipei 101 in Taiwan, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Shanghai Tower in China, Sydney Opera House in Australia, and the ancient city of Petra in Jordan.

This year there is set to be a record number of participants in the global campaign, with the One World Trade Center set to Light It Up Blue for the third year in a row! The campaign helps to highlight autism, giving hope to those living with autism, and to help raise awareness about autism to those that may not be aware of the effects of autism.

Throughout the month of April, there will be events around the country to help raise awareness about autism. There will be autism-friendly events and activities, helping to raise money, educate and help create awareness.

If you would like to learn more about Light It Up Blue or want to join in, then check out the LIUB page at Autism Speaks. You can help your community group, business or home go blue for World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A Successful Car Wash Is Hiring Employees with Autism


It’s always hard for young people to secure employment. If you add autism into the mix, it can be ten times as hard to secure employment, but one business could be changing that!

Around the country, and the world, the future is beginning to look a lot brighter for those affected by autism. Effective support and services for adults and children with autism are improving and expanding every day. Using innovative business solutions, employment options for people with autism are getting broader all the time.

One business is leading the way is Rising Tide Car Wash. Rising Tide Car Wash was founded by the father and older brother of a young man who has autism. The business is a scalable conveyorized car wash. This business was set up and established to suit those with autism. As of February 2015, the very first location in Florida employed thirty-five people on the autism spectrum.

“If we get this right, this is a game changer,” says co-founder John D’Eri in the Sounding the Alarm documentary. “This will change disability employment… to sustainable, better business where you can get a return on investment and help people at the same time. What’s better than that?”

Check out the Rising Tide in the Sounding the Alarm clip here. With the right owners and operators, businesses like the Rising Tide Car Wash could be rolled out around the country, and even the world.

It is important for young people with autism to be able to pursue a career in the traditional employment market. Being able to earn a living, and become self-sufficient is a big step towards equality and a happy and enjoyable lifestyle. If know of any businesses which offer support geared towards people on the autism spectrum, don’t hesitate to comment below and let us know.