Autism

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Weather Watcher Profile: Countin’ On Dustin Johnson

This time of year is when The WCCO Weather Team starts to really count on our weather watchers as severe weather becomes a threat. That’s why we’re really lucky to welcome Dustin Johnson as one of our newest members. He may be new to WCCO Weather Watching, but it’s been a passion of his as long as he can remember.

05/20/2015

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MN Wrestler With Autism Qualifies For National Tourney

A Minnesota wrestler is achieving life goals both on and off the mat. It’s pretty remarkable, considering Ben Cousins has autism and weighed nearly 200 pounds in 5th grade.

04/04/2015

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Steps Of Hope 2015

To learn more about Sunday’s walk put on by the Autism Society of Minnesota, head over to SOHwalk.org.

03/01/2015

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‘Steps Of Hope’ Walk Aims To Benefit Autism Society Of MN

There will be an indoor walk at Southdale this weekend to benefit the Autism Society of Minnesota. This Steps of Hope annual walk is the largest fundraiser for AuSM (pronounced “awesome”), which has been around since 1971.

02/24/2015

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Excellent Educator: Falcon Ridge Middle School’s Jen Welk

Not always, but often times people who teach special needs students do it because they have a loved one living with a disability, such as a sibling or a cousin they helped as a child and developed an empathy to help others.

02/20/2015

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Twin Cities Police Officers Receive Autism Training

Police officers in Minnesota get training for almost any type of emergency. Now, the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) is offering a unique class to law enforcement officers across the Twin Cities on what to expect when they encounter a person with autism.

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Measles Outbreak: To Vaccinate Or Not Vaccinate

With the potential to affect thousands, the recent outbreak of measles in the U.S. has placed a spotlight on a debate that’s raged for years.

01/14/2015

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Family Struggles With Complex System Of Autism Care

One in 68 children has autism. But in some Minnesota communities, kids are being diagnosed at a considerably higher rate — and nobody knows why. WCCO spent six months documenting what it’s like for one Twin Cities family navigating a complicated system of care. By now, Nick St. Sauver has grown used to the constant questions. As an 11-year-old, he has been asking them himself nearly his whole life.

11/05/2014

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Fraser Giving People With Disabilities A Chance To Pursue Their Passion

This weekend, WCCO-TV’s Jason DeRusha and Nina Moini will be hosting the Fraser Annual Benefit in downtown Minneapolis. Fraser is one of the largest providers of Autism services in the state, but we learned there are also resources for people with many other types of challenges. One of those resources could help someone you know start a business.

10/22/2014

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Three Rivers Park Debuts GPS Tracker For Vulnerable Guests

The Three Rivers Park District is debuting a GPS tracking system to protect vulnerable guests. The outdoors can pose an added challenge for families with loved ones who have autism, Alzheimer’s or dementia and have a tendency to wander.

07/12/2014

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Minn. Mom Welcomes Medical Pot Deal, Will Fight For More Access

It’s the news for which thousands of Minnesota families have waited. State lawmakers reached a deal Thursday that will make medical marijuana legal. Angela Garin watches her son have seizures daily. Now, the St. Paul mom hopes medical marijuana will help him and thousands of others.

05/15/2014

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Local Artist With Autism Gets International Attention

A Twin Cities artist is selling original works for thousands of dollars, and he’s only been painting for a few years. But no one is sure of how long his artistic abilities will last. Jimmy Reagan, 20, has regressive onset autism. In the past six years, he has developed a flair for abstract art that’s been showcased as far away as Germany, while drawing the attention of wealthy buyers.

04/16/2014

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Local Store Develops Toys For Children With Autism

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and with so many children now impacted by the disorder, toy companies have taken notice. A local store has partnered with St. David’s Center to develop Autism-specific toys.

04/01/2014

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CDC: 1 In 68 U.S. Kids Identified With Autism

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 U.S. children have been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder. According to the report, entitled “Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder among Children Aged 8 Years,” the number of children identified with ASD is growing, with the estimate about 30-percent higher than in previous studies.

03/27/2014

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League Introduces Team Sports To Kids With Autism

In a packed gym on a Saturday morning, the atmosphere is downright raucous. With every basket, the crowd goes wild. Every basket. Even the opponent’s.

03/18/2014

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Golden Valley Mayor: Sorry For Insensitive City Council Meeting

Health advocates are speaking out after a Twin Cities suburb voted down a permit to open a mental health facility for teenagers. “Lifespan,” which treats clients for ADHD, schizophrenia and autism disorders, wants to open a facility in a vacant property along Pennsylvania Avenue in Golden Valley, but council members voted down a permit this week after neighbors voiced safety concerns. Mayor Shep Harris apologized Saturday for the hurtful comments made during the council meeting.

02/08/2014

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‘U’ Study: Autism High In Mpls. Somali Children

For years, parents in the Somali community in Minneapolis have said autism is unusually common in their kids. Now, a University of Minnesota study confirms those claims. The study used data from 2010 to determine if more Somali kids, ages seven to nine, had autism than other kids in the state’s largest city. Idil Abdul has a son with autism. “I knew what they said today in 2008,” Abdul said.

12/16/2013

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Season Of Hope: A Reunion In Litchfield

On Monday nights throughout December, WCCO is going back to visit people whose stories touched us this past year. With generous support from our friends at Slumberland and Pandora Jewelry, it’s our hope to make Christmas unforgettable for these families. In this week’s “Season of Hope,” we go back to Litchfield High School. In April, we introduced you to two girls who invited boys from their special education program to senior prom.

12/09/2013

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Adult Tricycle Stolen From Man With Autism Found

Family members say the adult tricycle that was stolen from a man with autism has been found. The tricycle, made by Worksman, was stolen Saturday night from a bus stop on Robert Street Saturday night.

09/17/2013

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Man With Autism Seeks Help Finding Stolen Adult Tricycle

Police in West St. Paul are asking for the public’s help in finding an adult tricycle that belongs to a man with autism. The trike’s owner, Elliott Albright, doesn’t drive and relies on his trike to get him from his West St. Paul apartment to the nearest bus stop. Albright told WCCO why it’s so important for him to get it back. “I’m walking a lot more and it’s hard because I have limited mobility,” Albright said. “One of my legs, I do limp, so it harder for me, a lot harder to get around without that.”

09/16/2013

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Klobuchar: Medical Research Funding Should Be Reinstated

Sen. Amy Klobuchar joined five families Sunday at the University of Minnesota who have been impacted by diseases such as juvenile diabetes, Autism, epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s. She said these are the people who are being hurt by cuts to funding of medical search.

08/18/2013

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Project Lifesaver: Helping Parents Keep Kids With Autism Safe

It was one year ago when a western Wisconsin boy went missing for nearly a day after he sneaked out the front door of his home. Five-year-old Scott Meyer is non-verbal with autism, so hundreds of volunteers turned out to try and find him.

07/04/2013

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1 Year Later, Family Of Boy Who Went Missing Urge Precaution

It has been nearly a year since a 5-year-old boy went missing during one of the hottest days of summer. Last July, Scott Meyer snuck out the front door of his house in western Wisconsin and ran off. Because he is non-verbal with autism, hundreds turned out to try to find him. A search volunteer and his dog discovered Scott the next day after he’d spent a night in the nearby woods.

06/28/2013

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Help A 4th Grader Teach His Classmates About Autism

The Twin Cities is home to one of the premiere children’s mental health centers in the country.

The Washburn Center for Children in Minneapolis helps pair therapists with families and helps schools get kids the help they need to be successful.

05/09/2013

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Connecting Kids With Autism With Toys That Help Them Grow

Raising a child with autism presents a special set of challenges. Finding the right toys to promote learning and fun can be a struggle — without help.

04/25/2013

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