Special education costs add up for parents, schools as federal law remains underfunded

Jun 22, 2018
For the first time, schools are legally required to make special education meaningful. But they've been given no additional money to make it happen.
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Sports teams try to accommodate special needs fans

Jul 24, 2017
The Kansas City Royals have created quiet zones for fans on the autism spectrum.
The Bennett family had a difficult time locating the quiet zones and special concession stands the team has created this year for those on the autism spectrum.
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Meet 'Sesame Street’s' Julia: A muppet character who’s autistic

Apr 10, 2017
It’s part of an outreach and education program that Sesame Workshop has launched with researchers and autism advocates.
Front row, from left to right: Sesame Street characters Julia (a 4-year-old muppet with autism), Abby Cadabby and Elmo.
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Finding his voice, one Disney character at a time

Jul 27, 2016
How Disney movies helped a boy with autism communicate
Owen Suskind, subject of the documentary "Life, Animated."
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Land a job with help from virtual reality

Oct 9, 2015
A virtual interviewer helps take the stress out of job interviews.

Microsoft plans to hire workers with autism

Apr 7, 2015
The company has launched a pilot program aimed at hiring more people with autism.

Small businesses create new jobs for autistic adults

Jun 3, 2014
Small business models across the U.S. ease young people with autism into work.

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Could Google Glass help people with autism?

Aug 23, 2013
Paul Louden is a Google Glass Explorer. The Texan scored an early pair of the wired glasses by telling Google he was on a particular mission: to help people with autism.

The added value of autistic employees

May 22, 2013
German business software company SAP has announced a push to hire autistic people. SAP says autistic employees raised company productivity and engagement.

SAP to recruit autistic employees

May 22, 2013
German business software company SAP has announced a push to hire autistic people. SAP says it's hoping other companies follow its lead.