Decoding Autism with Sara Lee Kessler
Healthwatch is a regular segment of NJN News, airing on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In her role as Health and Medical Correspondent for NJN News, Sara Lee Kessler has traveled to such diverse locations as trauma centers, research labs, clinics, operating rooms, classrooms, and patients’ bedsides.
Autism-Friendly HotelAutism-Friendly Hotel - You’ve heard of hotels that offer special accommodations for people with wheelchairs or pet therapy dogs? Well, now there’s a North Jersey inn that features an autism-friendly hotel room that makes it easier for families to travel. (December 22, 2009)
Autism ReportAutism Report - The CDC has released a new study showing that nearly 1% of American children, or one in 110, has an autism spectrum disorder. What does that mean here in New Jersey? (January 5, 2010)
Autism AwarenessAutism Awareness - When you think of autism, you probably picture children. But, what about adults with autism? They want the same things as typical adults, including jobs. Here’s a look at several programs and workplaces in New Jersey that are providing opportunities. (April 1, 2010)
Autism Housing CrisisAutism Housing Crisis - An estimated 8,000 adults with autism are on waiting lists for group homes here in New Jersey. But, the lists are years long and, in the meantime, many parents worry about what will happen when they’re gone! It’s a growing crisis. (April 29, 2010)
Autism New Jersey BlueprintAutism New Jersey Blueprint - An estimated 80,000 New Jerseyans are living with autism spectrum disorders and most, if not all, will need services that span a lifetime. Autism New Jersey, the state’s leading advocacy group for the autism community, has produced a vision for the future.
(July 6, 2010)
Mom 2 MomMom 2 Mom - Depression, anxiety, financial and marital problems are common stressors that affect a lot of people. But, mothers with special needs children, including those with autism, are especially vulnerable. That's why UMDNJ has launched a new helpline. It's called "Mom 2 Mom" and it's manned by mothers who've been there and back. (February 8, 2011)
Autism EducationAutism Education - When it comes to autism education, Caldwell College offers one-stop shopping: the academics and degree programs, an autism research lab and a clinical program in which real children, like four-year-old Rowan Badalamenti, who’s non-verbal, are receiving real services. (March 31, 2011)

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