Autism

The State Of Things
11:48 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Meet Geri Dawson: Expanding The Field of Autism Research

Geri Dawson
Credit dibs.duke.edu

    

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, diagnoses have increased dramatically and Dawson is a leader in the field.

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.

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Business & Economy
6:39 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Small Business Model Helps Young Adults With Autism Find Work

Patrick Eden is an integral part of the EV Laundry Service in Chapel Hill.
Credit Leoneda Inge

It is high school graduation season and most young adults are preparing for life in college or in the workplace.  Landing a job in this economy continues to be hard for millions of people.  But what if you have autism?

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. 

If you talk to a parent who has a young child with autism, the conversation will eventually lead to “The Cliff.” 

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Some With Developmental Disabilities Find Entrepreneurial Success In Triangle

A laundry business is one of the many successful entrepreneurial companies incubated by Extraordinary Ventures
Credit Courtesy of Extraordinary Ventures

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. 

Toscano really likes his job, saying, "I work at EV for two hours four days a week.I make twelve candles.  I love my job.  I see my friends."

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Health
5:00 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Duke Study: Inducing Or Augmenting Labor Could Raise Risk Of Autism

The study linked autism to induced labor.
Credit Duke Medecine

Researchers at Duke University say they've found evidence that inducing or augmenting labor could increase an infant's risk of autism. 

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.  The risk was also elevated for girls, but at a lower rate.

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The State of Things
12:45 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Empathy's Failings And Surprises

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? 

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Health
7:50 am
Fri February 3, 2012

New Clinic to Treat Rare Disorder

UNC Chapel Hill this afternoon will officially mark the opening of its new Comprehensive Angelman Syndrome Clinic 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.

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Education
6:00 am
Tue March 15, 2011

Paying For The Future

School bus
Credit Dave Dewitt

State lawmakers and advocates for early childhood education are locked in a budget battle over the future of Smart Start and More at Four.

Today is child advocacy day at the State Legislature. Hundreds of people who support early childhood development programs like Smart Start and More at Four are expected to descend on Raleigh. They will argue that the programs provide much-needed support to low-income families.

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