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Autism Drama Set To Debut On ABC

Autism Drama Set To Debut On ABC

Freddie Highmore, right, stars as Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, alongside Antonia Thomas as Dr. Claire Brown, in ABC's "The Good Doctor." (Liane Hentscher/ABC) A new prime-time drama with a lead character on the spectrum will premiere this fall. ABC said this week that it will debut “The Good Doctor” on Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. ET. The hourlong show stars Freddie Highmore as Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon who has autism and savant syndrome. Developed by the creator of “House,” “The Good Doctor” finds Shaun adapting to his job at a prestigious hospital after...

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Autistic Man Named 'Stupid' In Spin Class Wins Discrimination Law Case

Autistic Man Named 'Stupid' In Spin Class Wins Discrimination Law Case

Sticking it to the man is one of the greatest feelings in the world. A sense of victory like no other. Ketan Aggarwal is 30-years-old and autistic. He recently won a court battle against a gym who branded him 'stupid'... and he even represented himself. Ketan was called out by staff at a Virgin Active club spin class in Uxbridge - and he took them all the way to court after learning law in his local library. It all began when Ketan, and another cyclist, agreed that the music was too slow for the routine, prompting the instructor to yell:...

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An Oscar-Nominated Film Inspires a New Approach to Autism

An Oscar-Nominated Film Inspires a New Approach to Autism

The obsessive interests that consume many kids on the spectrum may turn out to be pathways to growth. Dinosaurs, Star Wars, train schedules, Disney princesses, maps, LEGO—subjects such as these can become all-consuming passions for children on the autism spectrum. What therapists and educators often call “circumscribed” or “restricted” interests (or, more generously, “special” interests) make up a characteristic symptom of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The current edition of psychiatry’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders describes them as “highly restricted, fixated interests that are abnormal in intensity or focus.” Roughly 90 percent of high-functioning kids with ASD display...

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First Grader Buys Valentines Candy Grams For Entire School

First Grader Buys Valentines Candy Grams For Entire School

A 6-year-old who prefers to stay to himself is getting his Valentines candy grams ready for his entire school. J.D. March doesn't need to be told to do kind things, he just does them. The first grader at Comstock Elementary School in McKinney decided he wanted to buy every student in his school a Valentine's Day candy gram this year. “There are 769 children in the school,” J.D. said. “They're going to be so happy!” At 50 cents a pop, J.D. had to run the idea by mom. “He went to his piggy bank and he asked if he had...

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In Light Of Donald Trump's Autism Comments, White House Prodded On Vaccines

In Light Of Donald Trump's Autism Comments, White House Prodded On Vaccines

Hundreds of organizations — including many of the nation’s leading autism and disability advocacy groups — have written to President Donald Trump in an effort to dispel fears about vaccines. “We write to express our unequivocal support for the safety of vaccines,” reads the letter sent to the White House this week. It is signed by more than 350 organizations including The Arc, Autism Speaks, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the Autism Science Foundation and Easterseals. Spearheaded by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the letter to Trump appears to come in response to comments he’s made about the current vaccine...

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