Autism http://wunc.org en Meet Geri Dawson: Expanding The Field of Autism Research http://wunc.org/post/meet-geri-dawson-expanding-field-autism-research <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>When Geri Dawson was a graduate student in psychology, she chose an obscure field: autism. Little was known about the disease at the time. More than three decades later, <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html">diagnoses have increased dramatically </a>and Dawson is a leader in the field.</p><p>Host Frank Stasio talks with Dawson, director of the Duke Center for Autism Diagnosis and Treatment, about her career and the state of autism research and treatment.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:48:15 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 37755 at http://wunc.org Meet Geri Dawson: Expanding The Field of Autism Research Small Business Model Helps Young Adults With Autism Find Work http://wunc.org/post/small-business-model-helps-young-adults-autism-find-work <p></p><p></p><p>It is high school graduation season and most young adults are preparing for life in college or in the workplace.&nbsp; Landing a job in this economy continues to be hard for millions of people. &nbsp;But what if you have autism?</p><p>There’s a community in Chapel Hill that has come up with several small business models that ease young people with autism into the adult world of work and self-sufficiency.&nbsp;</p><p>If you talk to a parent who has a young child with autism, the conversation will eventually lead to “The Cliff.”&nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 10:39:27 +0000 Leoneda Inge 36668 at http://wunc.org Small Business Model Helps Young Adults With Autism Find Work Some With Developmental Disabilities Find Entrepreneurial Success In Triangle http://wunc.org/post/some-developmental-disabilities-find-entrepreneurial-success-triangle <p>In a traditional labor market, Ewan Toscano might be considered "hard to employ." But he's part of group of young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities who have a proven track record -- not only of employment -- but of entrepreneurship in the Triangle.&nbsp;</p><p>Toscano really likes his job, saying, "<span style="line-height: 1.5;">I work at </span>EV<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for two hours four days a week.I make twelve candles.&nbsp; I love my job.&nbsp; I see my friends."</span></p><p></p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Leoneda Inge & Carol Jackson 29479 at http://wunc.org Some With Developmental Disabilities Find Entrepreneurial Success In Triangle Duke Study: Inducing Or Augmenting Labor Could Raise Risk Of Autism http://wunc.org/post/duke-study-inducing-or-augmenting-labor-could-raise-risk-autism <p>Researchers at Duke University say they've found evidence that inducing or augmenting labor could increase an infant's risk of autism.&nbsp;</p><p>A study of more than 600,000 births shows boys were 35 percent more likely to have autism if labor was both induced and augmented.&nbsp; The risk was also elevated for girls, but at a lower rate. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Will Michaels 20621 at http://wunc.org Duke Study: Inducing Or Augmenting Labor Could Raise Risk Of Autism Empathy's Failings And Surprises http://wunc.org/post/empathys-failings-and-surprises <p>What is this ability to step into someone else’s shoes? To imagine how they feel, to hurt for them or to be happy for them?&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:45:36 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 10635 at http://wunc.org New Clinic to Treat Rare Disorder http://wunc.org/post/new-clinic-treat-rare-disorder <p>UNC Chapel Hill this afternoon will officially mark the opening of its new <a href="http://www.cidd.unc.edu/Angelman-Syndrome/clinic-services.aspx" target="_blank">Comprehensive Angelman Syndrome Clinic</a> at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. Anne Wheeler is a psychologist at CIDD; she's also co-coordinator for the new clinic. She says Angelman Syndrome is a rare congenital disorder that occurs in about 1 in 15-thousand births.<br> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 12:50:00 +0000 Catherine Brand 3332 at http://wunc.org Paying For The Future http://wunc.org/post/paying-future <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Today is child advocacy day at the State Legislature. Hundreds of people who support early childhood development programs like<span class="link-external"><a href="http://www.smartstart-nc.org/"> Smart Start</a></span> and More at Four are expected to descend on Raleigh. They will argue that the programs provide much-needed support to low-income families. Tue, 15 Mar 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 10051 at http://wunc.org Paying For The Future