March 30, 2009

College Support Programs Becoming More Common

When Marshall University developed its College Support Program for Students with Asperger's Syndrome in 2002, there was very little on which to model our service. Since that time, however, more institutions of higher learning have recognized the need for similar supports, and several colleges and universities have developed and implemented them.

This blog will maintain a list of four-year academic institutions that offer specialized supports, embedded within the college system, for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder. The list, kept under "Higher Education Support Programs," (on the right of this page, near the bottom) is not an endorsement of any particular program; it is intended simply to serve as a source of information.

I welcome emails from anyone interested in adding a known program to the list.

March 24, 2009

Friendly Neighborhood Spiderman

Some stories simply have to be told:

(From AOL and AFP, March 24) - An everyday hero became a superhero to save a boy in distress Monday.

Rescue workers got the call when an 8-year-old boy diagosed with autism crawled out onto a third-floor ledge at a Bangkok special needs school, AFP reported. The boy was scared because it was his first day at the school, police said.

After the boy's mother mentioned that the child loved superheroes, firefighter Somchai Yoosabai hustled to his fire station and donned a Spider-Man costume that he kept to wear during school fire drills.

"I told him Spider-Man is here to rescue you, no monsters are going to attack you and I told him to walk slowly towards me as running could be dangerous," Somchai said.

The boy then stood and let Sonchai carry him in, AFP reported.