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Special Needs Teacher Arrested For Flipping Desk With Student In It

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Special Needs Teacher Arrested For Flipping Desk With Student In It

A teacher faces charges after she reportedly flipped a desk occupied by a special needs student who refused to get up from the seat. Donna Dixon, 56, was arrested Monday on charges of child cruelty after the alleged incident at Escambia Westgate school in Pensacola, Florida, the Pensacola News Journal reported. Police said the female student, who has Down syndrome, was sitting with her head down when Dixon entered the room and pushed over the desk. The girl fell backward and hit a plastic cart, leaving her with a sore neck, according to police. Police said that the teacher didn’t...

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Target Unveils Clothing For Kids With Special Needs

Target Unveils Clothing For Kids With Special Needs

Target is rolling out a collection of sensory-friendly apparel for children and says adaptive clothing for those with disabilities is on the way too. The new offerings are part of the retailer’s house brand Cat & Jack and are available exclusively on the store’s website. Beginning this week, Target is marketing a selection of t-shirts and leggings with flat seams that are free from bothersome tags and embellishments in order to “minimize discomfort when in contact with the skin,” the company said. In addition, the retailer’s sensory-friendly leggings include extra room in the hips and a higher rise to accommodate...

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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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