9/10/14 - Latest in Autism News

Economic Study Confirms Autism Growth

The number of autism cases has soared over the past three decades, leading some to wonder if mental health professionals might be overdiagnosing the disorder.

Two economists who used market theory to study the trend in autism growth, however, have confirmed that at least part of the increase is real.

Researchers Jose Fernandez and Dhaval Dave analyzed the number and wages of auxiliary health providers based on California Department of Developmental Services data from 2002 to 2011. Each time autism cases doubled, the number of autism health providers grew by as much as 14 percent over that of non-autism health providers, they found.

The wages of autism health providers also rose higher, increasing up to 11 percent more.

“We focused on auxiliary providers because, unlike physicians and psychologists who can diagnose autism, these workers cannot induce their own demand,” Fernandez said.

The pair also found that although autism supplanted mental retardation in one of every three diagnoses during the period, actual autism cases still grew from 50 percent to 65 percent.

Fernandez is an economics associate professor at the University of Louisville’s College of Business. Dave is an economics professor at Bentley University and research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Source Newsroom: University of Louisville

8/26/2014 Sens. Menendez, Booker Announce $3.7M in CDFI Treasury Grants to NJ Institutions

Sens. Menendez, Booker Announce $3.7M in CDFI Treasury Grants to NJ Institutions 


(NEWARK, NJ) – U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) today announced federal grant awards totaling $3,740,712 through the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund to provide affordable small business and home loans to spur economic opportunity in New Jersey’s distressed communities.


“This essential federal funding will provide the necessary seed money for economic growth and development in New Jersey’s underserved communities, creating jobs and revitalizing our neighborhoods,” said Sen. Menendez. “The CDFI program expands access to affordable financial products and services to allow families to purchase their first home and entrepreneurs to start or expand local small businesses.”


“Through the small business forums I have hosted the last few months, I have seen firsthand how important financial resources are to small businesses,” said Sen. Booker. "Small businesses are our nation's economic engine and New Jersey has seen the benefit of new business growth. This federal funding is critical to support investment, spur growth and provide much needed technical assistance to our state’s entrepreneurs and families."


The specific CDFI grant awards follow:


  • · $121,850 to Build With Purpose, Metuchen

Build with Purpose (BwP) is an emerging CDFI established in 2002. BwP helps to build strong, vibrant, and healthy communities by providing multi-family affordable housing and community facility development loans as well as technical assistance. BwP will use its FY 2014 Technical Assistance award to build its capacity to serve its target market.


  • · $1,500,000 to Cooperative Business Assistance Corporation, Camden

Cooperative Business Assistance Corporation (CBAC) is a certified CDFI established in 1987. CBAC provides micro, small business, and commercial real estate loans. CBAC will use its FY 2014 Financial Assistance award to increase lending and leverage additional low cost capital.


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Community Loan Fund of New Jersey, Inc. (CLF), known as New Jersey Community Capital, is a certified CDFI established in 1987. CLF offers a range of financial products including acquisition, development, and mini-permanent financing for single- and multi-family affordable housing, community facilities, commercial real estate, and small business development as well as technical assistance within its Target Market of the state of New Jersey. CLF will use its FY 2014 Financial Assistance award for lending capital.


  • · $118,862 to Uplift Solutions, Westville

Uplift Solutions is an emerging CDFI established in 2009. UpLift Solutions provides expert technical support to supermarket operators and organizations seeking to increase food access and create jobs in low-income communities. UpLift Solutions will use its FY 2014 Technical Assistance award to build its capacity to serve its target market.


These grants are among $160.8 million in Financial Assistance and Technical Assistance awards announced today by Treasury to 152 organizations nationwide through the FY 2014 round of the CDFI program.

8/24/14 - Latest in Autism News

Amazing Autistic Women Magazine Celebrity Females With Aspergers and Autism

ASDigest and Autism Daily Newscast are delighted to announce the publication of Amazing Autistic Women – Special Digital Magazine Edition with interviews from inspirational women around globe.

The Autistic Spectrum Digest app is free and can be found on iTunes and Google Play.

ASDigest and Autism Daily Newscast are delighted to announce the publication of Amazing Autistic Women – Special Digital Magazine Edition which includes interviews from inspirational women across the globe.Amazing Autistic Women – More than two dozen stories about women on the autism spectrum from young to old on 120 pages.

Celebrity Female Bios – Overview of the work of well known actors, TV personalities, musicians and athletes who have asperger’s syndrome.

Personal in-depth interviews and videos – Stories in their own words from autistic women leaders, advocates and entrepreneurs. Featured in the edition are:

~ Dr Temple Grandin, doctor of animal science at Colorado State University and author of three books

~ Olley Edwards, British film maker, model and actress, recently diagnosed with Aspergers

~ Yvonne Mikulencak, Director and Founder of the Asperger Women’s Association (AWA).~ Alexis Wineman, Miss America contestant and spokesperson

~ Jennifer O’Toole, multi award winning creator of Asperkids.

~ Leonora “Leo” Gregory-Collura is an author, dancer/choreographer and co-founder of the ANCA? Foundation.

Young women on the spectrum – Introducing those that are beginning to make their mark in their chosen fields.

The bumper edition is forwarded by Tanya Marshall, author of “I am Aspen girl” and leading researcher into female autism and is available to download digitally on the 21st of August. Dr Marshall says,

“…proud to have written the Foreword and to be associated with you guys Autism Daily Newscast…I am pleased that ASDigest is publishing a special edition that showcases what females “can” do .”

The Autistic Spectrum Digest app is free and can be found on either the iTunes site athttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/autistic-spectrum-… or the Android storefront athttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com….

The cost of the Digital Edition is $10.99 and includes exclusive interviews with interactive links.

About Autism Daily Newscast (www.AutismDailyNewscast.com) and ASDigest (www.ASDigest.com)

Autism Daily Newscast reports on the current world wide events relating to autism and asperger’s syndrome such as health, entertainment, life style, funding, education, latest research and technology. This news autism site, which is also a Google News website, was established in 2012 by Roberta Hill, who serves the company as its Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. Autism Daily Newscast is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.

Autism Daily Newscast (ADN), which is also an official Google News site, launched Autistic Spectrum Digest on the Apple Digital Newsstand in November 2013 and their Android platform app in February of this year. ASDigest is edited by Shan Ellis out of Great Britain. The focus is on stories written by people on the spectrum for people on the spectrum.

Autism Daily Newscast provides an unparalleled readership service, ensuring it continues to foster stronger relationships with both its readers and partners locally and internationally. Autism Daily Newscast welcomes submissions from journalists and bloggers who share a passion about ASD, particularly those on the spectrum.

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8/14/14 - Latest in Autism News

Entrepreneurship the Answer for Some With Autism

After six years of bagging groceries and pushing carts, Cottle wanted more. He had already learned how to do some baking.

Cottle is autistic. And today he's an entrepreneur, the owner of Stuttering King Bakery, turning out batches of cookies, brownies and scones for cafes and businesses and groups that need catering.

"I was like, OK, I am destined to do something greater than that," Cottle says in the kitchen of his family's Scottsdale, Arizona, home, where he spends hours each day filling orders. He generates $1,200 monthly. He named the business for Britain's King George VI, whose struggles to speak were the subject of the film "The King's Speech."

Cottle is one of a few known small business owners with autism, a brain disorder that affects a person's ability to comprehend, communicate and interact socially. There are varying degrees of autism, but even autistic people with the greatest capabilities can find it impossible to get a job because they take longer to read or process information, or because they struggle to hold conversations. One in 68 people have some form of autism, according to government figures.

There is a growing movement to help autistic adults find jobs, but for Cottle and his family, the answer was a business of his own.

Cottle had taken training to do search and rescue operations. And he tried working in a bakery. Both times, he encountered people who didn't understand him, and who ended up yelling at and insulting him, his mother, Peg Cottle, says. He wanted to enroll in a culinary school, but an administrator gently told him and his parents it wouldn't work out. Four years ago, the Southwest Autism Research and Research Center, or SAARC, connected Cottle with a pastry chef who mentored him. In August 2012, he unexpectedly got an order from a cafe operated by Phoenix-based SAARC. At that point, Cottle told his parents he was starting his own baking business.

"I'm happy as an angel," he says.


Many autistic people can run businesses if they're given the chance to discover something they like and develop skills around their interests, says Temple Grandin, one of the best-known advocates for people with autism.

"If you get them exposed to something, they can get a career," says Grandin, author of "The Autistic Brain."

Grandin, who has autism, didn't speak until she was four years old. In her teens, she was bullied by classmates who made fun of the way she spoke — she repeated the same phrases over and over.

"They called me 'tape recorder.'" she says.

In her teens, Grandin was exposed to horses at a boarding school and cattle on her aunt's ranch, and she began working with farm animals. She eventually created a business designing equipment for handling livestock.

People with the most severe autism aren't able to work because their disabilities limit their ability to learn. But it's only in the last two decades that society has come to realize that many people with disabilities including autism can work, says Paul Pizzutello, principal of Reach Academy, a West Harrison, New York, school whose students include some who are autistic.

"With many people with autism, it's not their intellect that a problem, it's their ability to engage with their environment and manage social contacts," he says.


NEW YORK — Aug 13, 2014, 3:03 AM ET