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Autism and the Path to Independence

Autism and the Path to Independence

The Centers for Disease Control estimate that, as of 2014, 1 in every 68 children in the U.S. has some form of autism — a 30 percent increase from 2012. These alarmingly high figures underscore the importance of helping those with special needs to lead fulfilling and productive lives. On the next Addressing Alaskans, author and founder of the Autism Independence Project, Amalia Starr, speaks through her own experiences about the potential for children with autism to achieve independence into adulthood.

KSKA: Tuesday, March 10, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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March 6, 2015
Autism and Environmental Toxins

Autism and Environmental Toxins

A lot of research effort is going into finding the cause of autism. Our next guest, Dr. Irva Hertz-Picciotto of the University of California Davis MIND Institute, an authority on environmental effects on health, will discuss with Dr. Woodard the evidence for a role of environmental chemicals in autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

KSKA: Monday, Feb. 2, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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January 30, 2015

UAF Exhibit to Feature Artist With Autism

University of Alaska Fairbanks officials say a new art exhibit opening next week will feature the work of an artist with autism.

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October 8, 2014
Autism: A Global Story

Autism: A Global Story

Listen to a special edition of Line One: Your Health Connection when host Dr. Woodard interviews ABC News’ John Donovan about his forthcoming book on autism. Hosted by the Alaska World Affairs Council this interview was recorded in front of a live audience at the Hilton Anchorage on Friday April 12 and can be heard Monday on KSKA’s Line One.

KSKA: Monday 4/15 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
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April 12, 2013

Autism Bill, Other Measure Take Effect Tuesday

Starting Tuesday, health insurance policies in Alaska will be required to cover treatment of autism spectrum disorders. A portion of that bill, setting up a task force to study such things as the state providing insurance coverage for autism, took effect earlier.

December 31, 2012

Law Will Require Insurers Cover Autism

Insurance companies will have to help pay for autism treatments in Alaska under legislation that’s now slated to become law. Governor Sean Parnell gave tacit approval to the measure this month by sending it back to the legislature without his signature. The new requirement only covers a portion of the insurance market for now. However, supporters see it as an important step in providing relief for parents who struggle with the high cost of autism therapy and counseling.

June 21, 2012

Legislation Requires Insurance To Cover Medically Necessary Autism Treatment

Legislators have passed a bill to require insurance companies to cover medically necessary treatment of autism, a disorder that affects sensory perceptions and the ability to communicate and interact with others.

April 16, 2012
All About Autism

All About Autism

Autism is being diagnosed with more and more frequency; recent reports say 1 in 88 kids in the United States have it. So next week on Kids These Days! we’re talking about autism spectrum disorders wit our guests Teresa Hirst, ANP and Kris Green, Autism and Services Manager for the State of Alaska. We’ll learn about screening, supports and resources for Alaska families, and what’s changing for autism when new diagnostic criteria come out in 2013.

KSKA: Tuesday 2/17 @ 2p & 7p

April 13, 2012

New Autism School Slated to Open Next Year

About 480 Anchorage School District students are currently certified as autistic or having asperger syndrome. Most take the programs offered within the district. But next year, a few parents could choose a new alternative.

September 6, 2011

Lawmakers Address Insurance Coverage of Autism Diagnosis, Treatment

Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK – Petersburg

Alaskan lawmakers are again considering legislation that would require health insurance companies cover the diagnosis and treatment for Autism.   As it is, parents of Autistic children say they have to pay thousands of dollars out of pocket… Read More

March 29, 2011
Line One: Vaccines and Autism

Line One: Vaccines and Autism

Dr. Paul Offit is the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He joins Dr. Woodard on Line One this week to discuss his book… Read More

July 27, 2009
Line One: Autism

Line One: Autism

It is estimated that 60 Alaskan children will be diagnosed as falling somewhere on the autism spectrum disorder continuum this year. National statistics put it at about 1 in 175 children. As April is Autism Awareness Month, today on Line One host Dr. Woodard… Read More

April 20, 2009

Services for Autism in the rural Alaska not always meeting the need

The state legislature is considering a long-awaited increase in money for special education this year. Specifically, it would boost funding for intensive-needs children who must be provided with a full-time aid, though the formula would remain the same for special-ed kids whose disabilities are not… Read More

February 29, 2008

Indie Lens

Fall 2015 Screenings

All screenings are free and open to the public.

Made possible by
The University of Alaska,
Anchorage and UAA Mat-Su College, and
The Glenn Massay Theater

UAA Multicultural Center in the Rasmuson Hall
3211 Providence Drive, Rasmuson… Read More

October 2, 2015
Kodiak resident Brent Watkins silently demonstrated outside the Kodiak Police station Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, two days after a friend with learning disabilities was contacted by three Kodiak Police officers.  (Photo by Jay Barrett/KMXT )

Kodiak police respond to allegations of excessive force

Last Wednesday evening, a little after 5 pm, an autistic 28-year-old Kodiak man walked down his quiet neighborhood street to check the mailbox, as he does most days. His condition is such that it’s one of the few tasks that he’s comfortable executing and is allowed to do unsupervised. It’s unclear what happened next, but when Nick Pletnikoff”s mother found him, he was surrounded by three Kodiak Police Officers who had pinned him to the ground and pepper-sprayed him from point-blank range.

September 22, 2015
On Love, Adoption and Raising 3 Kids With FASD

On Love, Adoption and Raising 3 Kids With FASD

Not many people wish to raise a child with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD. Diane Lohrey is no different. But when she and her husband adopted three children, all later diagnosed with an FASD, they accepted the hardships and the rewards.

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July 29, 2015
It was Gilbert’s idea to start securing herself to the chairlift as a way to be more independent. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

People With Disabilities Find Independence Through Skiing

For 18 years, ORCA has been teaching people with disabilities how to ski at Juneau’s Eaglecrest Ski Area. Its Adaptive Ski and Snowboard program is helping people discover their own potential.

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January 20, 2015

Alaska News Nightly: October 8, 2014

Retired Colonel Implicated In Guard Scandal; Troopers Investigate 2 Deaths in Shageluk; KSKA DJ Shot, Killed In Home – 16-Year-Old Foster Son Charged With Murder; Parnell, Walker Spar At Soldotna Gubernatorial Debate; It’s Cold Out, But Bethel Shelter Won’t Open Until December; Ordinance to Add Prayer In Ketchikan Schools Passes First Vote; UAF Exhibit to Feature Work from Autistic Artist; New Exhibit Puts An Alaska Twist on A Familiar Building Block

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October 8, 2014
Risk and Benefits of Common Immunizations

Risk and Benefits of Common Immunizations

Line One host Dr. Thad Woodard and two guest physicians discuss the risks, benefits and what’s new regarding childhood immunizations.

KSKA: Monday, Sept. 15, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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September 12, 2014
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Line One host Dr. Thad Woodard brings child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Matthew Siegel to the program to talk about severe disruptive behaviors with a focus on patients with autism. Dr. Siegel comes to Alaska from the Tufts University School of Medicine.

KSKA: Monday, April 28, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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April 25, 2014