autism

Living With Autism

Feb 23, 2017

While Temple Grandin has become a well-known exemplar of a person with autism, attaining that status required overcoming a daunting series of challenges. It was a journey begun and largely shared with her mother, Eustacia Cutler, who has become an ardent advocate for families that include children on the autism spectrum. She has her own story to tell.

Introducing Autism Kits for Restaurants

Aug 29, 2016
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  Dining out with children who get overstimulated or impatient can present challenges for any parent; even more so for parents of children on the autism spectrum. A new program, being introduced in a few Santa Rosa area restaurants, is addressing that situation.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  he number of people with autism in Sonoma County is both growing and aging. A newly launched program at Becoming Independent in Santa Rosa is designed to aid young adults on the spectrum in navigating life beyond school.

  Because of the widespread need for programs like becoming Independent’s new “Passport to Independence, CEO Luana Vaetoe foresees a time when they may be able to export it to other sites.

Young Adults with Autism Thrive in Their New Home

Dec 28, 2015

  Eight years in the making, a new living environment for young adults with autism is attracting nationwide attention to their shared homes in downtown Sonoma.

Kaiser Announces Large-scale Autism Study

Apr 13, 2015

Kaiser Permanente is launching a large-scale genetic study of children on the autism spectrum and their parents, in hopes of unraveling the factors causing the disorder, and recent increases in the rate of diagnoses. 

   The new study, getting underway this summer, will collect genetic information from approximately 5000 individuals with autism, plus both their parents, Lead researcher, Dr. Lisa Croen, says the scale of this effort will enable them to seek correlations among the patient population being studied.