What is Autism?


Always Unique Totally Interesting Sometimes Mysterious

What is Autism?

A serious developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact.

  • About 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network.

ASD is about 4.5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189).

Risk Factors
  • Children born to older parents are at higher risk for having ASD.
  • A small percentage of children who are born prematurely or with low birth weight are at greater risk for having ASD.
  • The Cause of this disorder is a mystery!
  • A child can be diagnosed at the age of 2, but in most children are not diagnosed with ASD until after age 4.
  • There is NO CURE! Some forms of intervention like Applied Behavior Analysis.

Autism is near and dear to my heart. It affects my life/heart every day of my life. Awareness is the number one cure for this disorder. With that being said I want you to educate yourself and be the voice for Autism!  What do you think the cause of Autism is? Poll here-

Ten tools fixing up our blogs

Ten tools to learn, more to explore,” gave me insight on what innovations the Journalism Industry has been using and producing. It’s funny to see that all these programs like Map Box and Amara are ones we come across very often in multiple new stories and videos, yet never acknowledge that there’s actually a technique to it all behind the scenes.

Searchlights and Sunglasses’ article on the tools to learn.

I decided to take up a challenge and actually try one of these tools myself, however it wasn’t much of a challenge because it’s really easy to use. The tool Timeline.js is essential to any news story in my opinion. It organizes information in a chronological order and keeps everything visually appealing and easy to follow. Especially with news, you wouldn’t want to confuse your audience, so interactive stories and techniques that increase their understanding are favorable.

This is the homepage of the Timeline.js website.

Check out the timeline I made for a couple new updates this month, new stories used from Fox 2 Detroit News!

Class blogging begins here

This is the excerpt for a featured post.

This blog is where you’ll be doing the majority of your writing this semester. You’ll be required to blog at least twice a week, but feel free to post as much as you like. We’ll go over the specifics in class before you start posting in a couple of weeks.

Although this is a “blog” your posts will need to adhere to the same standards as anything written for publication: Anything that appears here should be ccurate, fact-based, clearly written and engaging. There is room for showing our own writing style and at times for point of view. We’ll look at a lot of examples that illustrate this in the next few weeks.