“Federal suit says state provides inadequate mental health care”

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This December 1, 2015 article by Joe Smydo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette talks about a federal lawsuit being filed by the Disability Rights Network against the Pennsylvania Dept. of Human Services citing inadequate mental health care as the reason for the suit.  Warren State Hospital, Torrance State Hospital and Mifflin County Jail are where the 3 people the suit focuses on are located.

“Wolf signs bill to require mental health training for police officers”

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This July 11, 2015 The Sentinel article talks about a bill with vague training requirements for police officers to receive training in how to identify people who have a mental illness, intellectual disability, or Autism but really doesn’t go into specifics about the depth or extent of the training required just that police offers are now required to have this training.  It is hoped that officers will be trained to work with mental health professionals as part of this training and their work in the field.

“Study Finds Adults With Autism More Prone To Chronic Disease”

 

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This May 14, 2014 Disability Scoop article talks about a recent study that seems to sho that people with Autism Spectrum Disorder are more prone to chronic diseases including but not limited to obesity and hypertension.  The study also found that the number of people with Autism who smoke was lower than what is found in the population of people who do not have Autism.

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“Scientists See Environmental Changes to Genes in Kids With Autism”

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This May 29, 2014 Healthday article appearing on the Philly.com website talks about research showing that environmental factors may be part of what causes people to have Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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US Navy 100310-N-4178C-005 Three-year-old Joey Adams identifies items from flash cards during an in-home therapy session. Adams (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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Mental Health Awareness Month is used in the United States to raise awareness of mental illness and it’s impact not only on the person who has a mental illness, but the impact their diagnosis has on the world around them.

“For Kids On The Autism Spectrum, This Little Robot Could Make A Big Difference”

 

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This April 22, 2014 article on the WESA Pittsburgh NPR Station’s website includes an audio version also, but talks about a robot named Romibo that is designed to help kids who have Autism learn to communicate better.  The robot is controlled by the therapist, and in my opinion kind of looks like a colorful imitation of Cousin It the idea behind Romibo is to encourage communication while decreasing the need for children with Autism to need to interpret facial expressions as well as the words they are hearing.  Romibo has digitized eyes that have some animation to them but compared to the human face, the expressiveness of Romibo is very minimal.  The designer is hoping that this little robot will help bridge the communication gap between therapists and kids with Autism.

 

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“U.S. Adults With Autism May Face Housing Crisis”

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This November 13m 2013 Health Day article found on the Philly.com website talks about concerns pertaining to kids who have been diagnosed with Autism and what the future holds for them on the availability of housing combined with appropriate supports to meet the individual’s needs

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