It wasn’t your typical Sunday at the Chuck E. Cheese’s in Burbank. That’s because it was a little quieter than normal. Hundreds of the chains brought it down a notch for children with special needs. Continue reading Chuck E. Cheese’s Offers Sensory-Sensitive Sunday’s For Kids With Special Needs
Children with autism react to sensory stimuli in very different ways. Some children on the autism spectrum are overly sensitive, while others are just the opposite. The Huntington offers a range of environments to suit any child’s needs.
“The Huntington can be a wonderful place for someone with autism because it offers so many opportunities to see, smell, hear, and touch. But it also offers quiet, open spaces,” says Ricki Robinson, M.D., co-director of Descanso Medical Center for Development and Learning in La Cañada, California, and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. She’s also a member of The Huntington’s Board of Overseers.
April is National Autism Awareness Month, a great time, says Robinson, to consider visiting The Huntington—given the mild weather and plants bursting forth in bloom.
We asked Robinson what she’d recommend to caregivers bringing their kids:
“A first stop for many children (autistic or otherwise) is the Helen and Peter Bing Children’s Garden. Designed by California kinetic artist Ned Kahn, children get to splash in water, make music with pebbles, dance under rainbows, disappear into a swirl of fog, and hold the magic of magnetic forces in their hands.
“Many autistic children have a heightened sense of smell. For them, the dozens of fragrances in the Rose Garden may hold great appeal. But each child reacts differently to their environment. What may be a joyous experience for one autistic child may be frightening for another. One child may find the waterfall in the Chinese Garden fascinating. To another, its sound can seem like pounding nails. With so many different sensory experiences that can be explored throughout The Huntington’s gardens, parents of a child with autism can tailor their visit to match their child’s interests and sensory likes and dislikes.
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When Alejandrina Guzman and Micky Wolf sought the top two spots of the University of Texas at Austin’s student government, they ran under the motto “Let’s RALLY,” defining what they’d be about. Continue reading University Of Texas Elects First Physically Disabled, Latina Student President
Our survey of Americans with disabilities revealed that:
- 28% encounter a barrier to a building, transportation or service once a week
- 20% encounter a barrier at least once a day
- 36% live in a home that is not wheelchair accessible; of this group:
- 70% have steps leading into the home
- 51% cannot afford to make their homes wheelchair accessible
- 25% say they find ways to “deal with” the challenges and inconveniences
- 16% say that landlord/homeowner/condo board won’t allow modifications
As the mother of a young son with autism, I am livid at the notion that money and time would be spent on investigating long-debunked claims that vaccines cause autism, as would happen if President-elect Trump creates a new commission on vaccine safetyheaded by a prominent vaccine skeptic. The vaccines-cause-autism fallacy has long been put to rest, and that investment of time and resources would be better spent within the autism community and on pressing public health issues. And as the communications manager of a public health organization, I can confirm that reigniting this issue sends exactly the wrong message. Continue reading Let’s Get Real About Autism
CerebralPalsyGuidance.com Offers Community and Resources for Cerebral Palsy Families Continue reading Community and Resources for Cerebral Palsy Families
One of the biggest and most biting criticism of modern tech is the industry’s excessive push to solve trivial problems. Nowhere is this theme more apparent than among the sea of forgettable gadgets at CES, itself a trade show that revels in the opulence of Las Vegas and the often hollow promise of our techno-enabled future. Occasionally, there is a device that breaks the mold. Leka, a smart toy from a French startup of the same name, is a tiny spherical robot not unlike Star Wars’ BB-8. Instead of dazzling us with cheap tricks, Leka has a purpose: to help children with autism and other developmental disabilities better learn and communicate with others. Continue reading The Leka smart toy is a robot for children with developmental disabilities
When asked to think about diversity, most people tend to think about race and gender. One type of “underrepresented minority” that is often overlooked – in spite of often being as visible as gender or skin color – are the individuals living with genetic, physical, behavioral or intellectual differences. Continue reading The Beautiful Side Of Disability