Asperger Ascent

Tips for Young Adults

Time to get popping

Carpe diem. Let those be your watchwords today and as you charge into the new year. Don’t wait for New Year’s day to get good things started. Begin now. If you want to nail down an internship for the summer, you’re already behind the proverbial eight ball. Deadlines for some summer jobs were in early and mid fall. If you’re graduating this spring, it’s hump time for deciding your career path, landing a full-time job, or  settling on a grad school. Winter break is a great time to huddle with friends and family. But it’s also a good time to get a headstart on the coming semester and to set out plans for a prosperous and productive new year.

December 30, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

CDC: 1 in every 110 children diagnosed with autism

New federal report confirms a study earlier  this year that found autism is more prevalent than had been thought. About 1 percent of children had the diagnosis in a 2006 study of 307,790 eight-year-olds in 10 communities across the country by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Catherine Rice, a behavioral health scientist at the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, says autism is far more common in non-Hispanic whites and that the cause is still unknown.

December 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Gonzalez: Asperger’s made me do it. Bah humbug

Scrooge

No it didn’t. Stop the lie now because it’s selfish and potentially, incredibly harmful to all the smart, talented people with autism and Asperger’s who are positive contributing members of society. Stop blaming your hacking ways — and other criminal pursuits — on Asperger Syndrome. That’s my message to the the most infamous computer hackers of the moment. Viachelav Berkovich earlier this year was sentence to 55 months in prison for his role in a multimillion-dollar computer fraud scheme and cited Asperger Syndrome. Gary McKinnon, the admitted Pentagon hacker, played the Asperger’s card in his defense. Now comes the mastermind behind one of  the biggest cases of credit card fraud in U.S. history:  Albert Gonzalez. He  is accused of hacking into consumer accounts at TJ Maxx, BJ’s Wholesale Club and Sports Authority and stealing the numbers to millions of credit and debit card accounts. Gonzalez, who was scheduled to be sentenced Monday, is blaming Asperger’s although it’s unclear if he even has a diagnosis. His sentencing has now been delayed. Honestly, I can’t say whether any of these guys are on the spectrum or not. But when you break the law, when you understand right from wrong and choose the latter, when you are of average and higher-than-average intelligence as are people with Asperger Syndrome — you ought to take responsibility for your actions. Don’t blame Asperger Syndrome, blame yourselves.

December 17, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Hanukkah, Christmas and the irresistible urge to shop

Even sellers of autism-related products are jumping on the holiday bandwagon. Cafepress.com, Zazzle.com and Autismshop.com are just a few of the online retailers hawking goods carrying the universal symbol for autism — the puzzle piece.  But no matter what gifts are on your list, don’t let the good mood and generosity of the season tempt you to blow your budget. In this time of recession, frugal, practical gifts are the safer course. Especially for college students who are piling on student loans and other educational expenses. Know how much you want to spend and stick to it. Check websites like shopping.com, shopzilla.com and other price-comparison sites to make sure you get the best price. And steer of using credit cards, wherever possible. You’re much more likely to exceed your budget if you’re not paying cash. And don’t forget to use coupons and seek out discounts. Most retailers are struggling this holiday season as consumers tighten their belts. Good deals and sales abound.

December 9, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Drop that video game guilt

DJ Hero is one of the hottest games for the holidays.

Just in time for Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa, there’s potentially good news for gamers. Lovers of computer and video games can breathe a bit easier as the medical establishment announces new research aimed at learning whether those games can have positive health benefits. Even for those with Asperger Syndrome and autism. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation  is behind the national  Health Games Research program, which has award nearly $2 million in grants to study games and potential health benefits for people of all ages. Researchers at  Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will test whether games can help people on the spectrum in picking up on subtle differences in body language and facial expression.  George Washington University will study games’ role in physical activity.

December 4, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment