autism

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iPads are giving a voice to children who cannot speak.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students at the Cantalician Center are learning to communicate in a new way in the classroom and at home.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A Buffalo Public school is making sure students with autism are thriving. City Honors has a program called Students with Autism Rising to Success (STARS). WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley met a couple of students, their moms and teachers who are part of this program.

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Autism Services is making a push to increase acceptance and awareness. The organization held an art exhibit in WNED|WBFO’s Horizons Gallery. The exhibit also featured performances by the Autism Services band No Words Spoken.

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Students from Autism Services kicked off their annual art show with a special performance Tuesday.  It was held in our WNED-Television studio's.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley tells us the event celebrates American Music. 

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Health officials continue warning parents to make sure their child is immunized against the Measles. There are confirmed cases in 17 states including New York and the Erie County Health Commissioner wants parents to understand facts,not fear, about vaccines. 

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With much concern centered on Buffalo's education crisis,  one local college is putting educators in the spotlight.  Buffalo State College has dubbed 2014 as the 'Year of the Teacher'.  It's designed to celebrate educators and the impact they've had on students.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley traveled to St. Mary's School of Deaf where a mother shared the story of her autistic son inspired by his teacher.

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A new report issued by the Center for Disease Control reveals starling increases in autism cases around the country.  One in every 88-children is affected.  For boys—the rate is higher –one in every 54-boys is being diagnosed with Autism.  WBFO & AM-970’s Eileen Buckley talked with two local Autism experts.

You can learn more about the latest CDC study at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/CountingAutism/.

 

 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law Tuesday that requires health insurance companies to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism disorders. 

The measure was approved unanimously by both the state Senate and Assembly in June.  The law will take effect one year from Tuesday.

Early treatments and interventions can help improve the quality of life for those affected with autism spectrum disorders.

The legislation is expected to help families pay for expensive health care costs related to treating loved ones with autistic disorders.