News Roundup

President Obama Signs Autism CARES ActAutism Daily Newscast
The president signed the Autism CARES Act into law August 15, allocating $1.3 billion over five years for research, diagnosis, education and treatment. The Act also calls for more help for adults on the spectrum and increases the representation of people with autism on the Interagency Autism coordinating Committee.

Teen arrested after video of him beating boy with autism goes viral: copsHuffington Post
Andrew Wheeler is charged with child abuse in the horrific beating of Aaron Hill, a 16-year-old with autism, at a house party in Florida. Officials are considering whether to treat the attack as a hate crime. Read the Autism Society’s statement here.

Controversy over shocking people with autism, behavioral disordersCBS
CBS aired a program about the Judge Rotenberg Center in Massachusetts, which has been widely condemned because it uses shock devices on people with autism as behavior modification tools. The Food and Drug Administration is currently discussing whether to ban aversive shock therapy devices.

Summer activities
The Autism Society shared these stories about summer camps and therapies with our social media followers.
Minnesota Zoo’s camp for children with autism proves a hitPioneer Press
Waller ranch offers therapy through horses for kids with autismABC