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This month, we’re looking closer at autism news around the United States.

October 2018

This page will be updated regularly with news and posts related to autism, autism services, and autism news/research. There is also summaries on autism-related trainings that SPARC offers to organizations to assist with expanding autism awareness and acceptance.


In case you forgot, autism is considered a pre-existing condition here in the US: Insurance Might Not Cover Therapy for People with Autism, If Lawsuit Succeeds 

Phoenix, Arizona has a new apartment complex just for adults on the spectrum, and it looks awesome: First Place, an apartment complex for adult with autism, opens

Saratoga County Sheriff’s Lifesaver program could be a good test for similar programs across the country, and could also work with older adults with conditions such as dementia: Sheriff’s lifesaver program helps locate missing child with Autism

A MN family talks about safety for their 3 children on the autism spectrum in lieu of the tragic story of a 6 year old who died in North Carolina (the NC story is summarized in this one). Also, I’d like to add that this is the first time in a LONG time that I’ve seen a black family interviewed about autism: MN family with 3 children on the spectrum shares safety tips

Round of sound for the town of Austin! This is another potential blueprint for towns and cities all over the country: Autism friendly town in Spam territory makes lives easier


SPARC Classes: Contact us at for more information!

These classes vary with the audience, but the main goal is to introduce autism to those new to its world. Whether you have a recently diagnosed family member, or are being introduced to clients on the spectrum, this interactive and multi-styled training can show you what autism is, what it is like, and the various therapeutic approaches used to make lives change for the better. Both trainings are regularly updated with new information or research findings, and can be tailored to the age level.

Autism: The Experience

This class focuses on introducing participants to the world of autism. What it is, its highlighted symptoms, and video experiences of those on the spectrum are included in this training. The goal is to promote neurodiversity, and to build the empathy of those who may not understand the condition, but want to learn. Presentation handouts (with references for further learning) and a Q&A with the presenter round out this training, which can range from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on the needs of the audience. This training in particular can be tailored for children and teenagers to help introduce them to autistic peers’ experiences and build empathy.

Autism 101

Slightly different from The Experience, this training highlights the various therapeutic approaches to autism and current research on the subject. The goal of this training is to gain both empathy and professional knowledge of autism. This training also includes an interactive exercise to experience the sensory distractions for an autistic person in a classroom (of any age). Presentation handouts with references and a Q&A with the presenter are including in this training. The training usually lasts about an hour, but can be adjusted with the needs of the group. This training works best with about 10-15 participants.

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