I Don’t Want You to ‘Believe’ Me. I Want You to Listen.

I fear that the more I tell you, the less you will understand who I am.

#metoo-movement, #autism, #emotions, #philosophy, #psychology-and-psychologists, #women-and-girls

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Toronto’s Van Killing Case Goes to Trial

Two years after a man drove a rental van down a sidewalk, killing 10 and injuring 16, he has pleaded not criminally responsible because of the autism spectrum disorder.

#autism, #canada, #mental-health-and-disorders, #minassian-alek, #rodger-elliot-o, #toronto-ontario-attack-april-2018

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Springtide, an autism treatment center network, raises $15.6 million

With one in 54 children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in the US, the issue of how to treat patients diagnosed with the condition has become almost as acute as the prevalence of the condition itself.

That’s one reason why Jia Jia Ye and the team at the healthcare startup studio Redesign Health, were able to raise $15.6 million in a recent round of funding for the new startup, Springtide Child Development.

A longtime executive in the healthcare industry with previous stints at OneMedical and Oscar, Ye and Redesign Health’s team began talking two years ago about potential business ideas. The group settled on autism care because of what they saw as the clear need in the market, Ye said.

“Why this immediately clicked is that the supply and demand imbalance was super clear,” Ye said. 

Simply put, Springtide combines the concierge medical business model with early childcare and education businesses like Sylvan Learning to offer autism care through specialists and a team of registered behavioral technicians.

To ensure that as many people as possible can use Springtide’s services the company takes both private insurance and Medicaid.

So far, the company has one clinic set up in Connecticut providing both remote and in-person services, and it plans to launch several sites throughout the Northeast on the back of its $15.6 million in financing.

Joining Ye in designing the company’s facilities and treatment services is Dr. Tiva Pierce, who previously worked at Constellation Health Services, which provides behavioral and physical healthcare through schools.

Like many companies which had an in-person services model, Springtide had to pivot to delivering remote care as soon as the pandemic lockdowns hit the Northeast.

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The company charges Medicad $46 per hour and commercial payers will be charged between $50 and $60 per hour, but the company’s services will only cost families their typical co-pay and deductible.

Taking Medicaid was a priority, Ye said, to increase access for more people who need it.

Already, the families in the US spend about $17 billion on ABA therapy, according to Ye. And the overall spending on autism related issues is $68 billion, she said.

The financing, which came from Deerfield Management and Optum Ventures, will be used to expand the company’s footprint and staff, which currently numbers roughly 30 employees.

“The rapidly growing autism care market is highly fragmented and uncoordinated, which creates significant challenges for children and their families who deserve to have access to care that is consistently of exceptional quality,” said Julian Harris, M.D., Partner at Deerfield. “Springtide offers an interdisciplinary, in-center care experience with a tech-enabled wrap-around for families who want their children to get all of their care in one setting.  With an emphasis on outcomes measurement, we hope that Springtide can serve as a platform for care and research, ultimately establishing the gold standard in this field.

#autism, #connecticut, #executive, #getty-images, #healthcare, #healthcare-industry, #medicaid, #optum, #optum-ventures, #oscar, #tc, #united-states

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When Turning 13 Is Not the Typical Rite of Passage

For my son, each birthday has been accompanied by complicated feelings, a reminder of the milestones he has not met and may never meet.

#autism, #birthdays, #children-and-childhood, #families-and-family-life, #parenting

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Remote but Inclusive for Years, and Now Showing Other Companies How

Ultranauts has been developing creative ways to hire, manage and motivate a far-flung and diverse work force for seven years.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #autism, #computers-and-the-internet, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #start-ups

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A Mother Takes Readers on a Journey With Her Autistic Son

Amy S.F. Lutz asks difficult questions in “We Walk.”

#autism, #books-and-literature, #children-and-childhood, #lutz-amy-s-f, #we-walk-life-with-severe-autism-book

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Heidi Larson Knows How to Build Trust in Vaccines

For the founder of the Vaccine Confidence Project, squashing viral rumors means building trust — and avoiding the term “anti-vaxxer.”

#autism, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #ebola-virus, #epidemics, #facebook-inc, #gavi-alliance, #kano-nigeria, #larson-heidi, #london-england, #measles, #medicine-and-health, #mumps, #nigeria, #piot-peter, #polls-and-public-opinion, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #united-nations-childrens-fund, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wakefield-andrew, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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A Police Officer Shot a 13-Year-Old With Autism in Salt Lake City

The authorities said the officer shot the boy while responding to a call about a “violent psych issue.” The teenager, Linden Cameron, was fleeing and did not have a weapon, his mother said.

#autism, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #linden-cameron, #mental-health-and-disorders, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-salt-lake-city, #salt-lake-city-utah

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Tiny Love Stories: ‘Lenny Was Supposed to Fall for the Other Iris’

Modern Love in miniature, featuring reader-submitted stories of no more than 100 words.

#autism, #chinese-americans, #dating-and-relationships, #love-emotion, #modern-love-times-column

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The Pandemic’s Toll on Children With Special Needs and Their Parents

Missing social contacts and altered routines, disturbed sleep and eating habits can be particularly intense for the kids with developmental challenges.

#attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder, #autism, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #intellectual-disabilities, #parenting, #quarantines, #special-education

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Disability Pride: The High Expectations of a New Generation

Millions of young people grew up knowing the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act as a birthright. They now demand its guarantees — and even more.

#american-assn-of-people-with-disabilities, #autism, #cerebral-palsy, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #colleges-and-universities, #disabilities, #education-k-12, #heumann-judith-1947, #intellectual-disabilities, #labor-and-jobs, #mental-health-and-disorders, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wheelchairs

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What Happens When You’re Disabled but Nobody Can Tell

The author and clinical psychologist Andrew Solomon examines the disabilities that ramps and reserved parking spots don’t address.

#americans-with-disabilities-act, #anxiety-and-stress, #autism, #disabilities, #discrimination, #invisible-disabilities, #mental-health-and-disorders

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How I Came Out About My Disability

Three writers share how they revealed their disability, to a family member, to a love interest on a dating app and to oneself.

#americans-with-disabilities-act, #autism, #chambrot-krysten, #disabilities, #haddad-ryan-j, #hoang-helen, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #prostheses, #writing-and-writers

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A Glimpse Into My Son’s Magnificent Mind

Our house is a mess of misplaced possessions. I’m grateful for what this — and my son’s autism — has taught me.

#autism, #love-emotion, #parenting

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Dear Parents: Your Child With Autism Is Perfect

Children with autism express themselves truthfully regardless of the social consequences. I know, because I am autistic.

#autism, #children-and-childhood, #parenting

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There’s No Home Remedy for Coronavirus Lies

My fellow Somali-Americans are being taken in by anti-vaccine disinformation.

#africa, #autism, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #gates-bill, #medicine-and-health, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #somali-americans, #somalia, #vaccination-and-immunization

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The Extra Burden for Parents of Children With Special Needs

Your child may have setbacks during the school shutdown. But remember, schools will open again at some point and help get things back on track.

#attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder, #autism, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #intellectual-disabilities, #parenting, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional, #special-education

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What Should I Do if I Think My Child Has Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder affects about one in 54 children. An early diagnosis can mean quicker access to the medical, behavioral and social services that a child may need.

#autism, #children-and-childhood, #disabilities, #education-k-12, #parenting, #youth

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Mel Baggs, Blogger on Autism and Disability, Dies at 39

Candid blog posts and a widely viewed short film sought to expand the very definition of what it means to be human.

#abuse-of-the-disabled, #autism, #baggs-mel-1980-2020, #blogs-and-blogging-internet, #deaths-obituaries, #language-and-languages

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Trump Suggested ‘Injecting’ Disinfectant to Cure Coronavirus? We’re Not Surprised

False “bleach cures” have been touted for autism, cancer — and now Covid-19.

#autism, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #vaccination-and-immunization

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