Employee & Community Health

Educate yourself about autism

4/13/2017 by Dr. Jessica Davis

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Autism. You've read about it, heard about is on the news, maybe experienced it in your family or classroom. For parents and anyone else interested in learning more about Autism Spectrum disorder, these resources can be helpful in raising your autism IQ:

  • DisabilityScoop.com: Provides weekly summaries of scientific journal articles on a wide variety of disability-related topics, including autism research, legislation, clinical advances and news stories. 
  • "Life, Animated": An Academy Award-nominated documentary about Owen Suskind, now 25 years old, who was diagnosed with autism at a young age after losing his language skills. His parents worked tirelessly to reach him and eventually he had a breakthrough with Disney animated movies. 
  • Sidekicks.com: Owen Suskind's parents, Ron and Cornelia, helped develop "Sidekicks," an electronic technology that helps kids with autism connect with family and friends through an animated character. 
  • ABLE Accounts: Modeled after 529 college plans, ABLE offers tax advantages for people with disabilities, including autism. Families are allowed to establish savings accounts that will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid and other public benefits. 
  • "Top 10 Terrific Traits of Autistic People": Lisa Jo Rudy is a mom of a teenager with autism, writer and advocate. Her Facebook page offers a wealth of links to autism-related stories and resources. She also is a regular contributor to the Autism After 16 website. 

Dr. Jessica Davis is a general pediatrician in Employee and community Health's (ECH) Division of Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. She completed her MD at the University of Texas-San Antonio and residency at the military program in San Antonio. She has a strong interest in caring for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and developmental delays.