Autism 5K Walk & Family Fun Day

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Epilepsy Medication Tied To Autism

Depcon | Valproate | The Maher Law Firm

A fetus exposed to Valproic Acid (Depacon) has a five-fold elevated risk of developing autism and three-fold elevated risk for developing autism spectrum disorder Valproic acid (VPA), is an acidic chemical compound that is used as an anticonvulsant and mood-stabilizing drug, primarily in the treatment of epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and, less commonly, major depression, migraine [...]

Mental Health Disorders Share Common Genetics

Autism, Schizophrenia, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), Bipolar Disorder and MDD (Major Depressive Disorder) – are often referred to as unconnected, individual problems. However, recent findings suggest they are related. In the largest genetic study of mental illness to date, Dr. Jordan Smoller, a professor of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School [...]

2012 Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKids Of The Year

“If people could race with people who cant walk or talk or have any kind of autism, it might open eyes of people that don’t really care about it, and maybe the people that don’t care in the past will care in the future” – Connor Long

Autism and Violence

Sarah Darer Littman and Josh Littman

A mothers plea to stop connecting autism with violent behavior, “Journalists, please be responsible. Don’t just roll out the celebrity doctors. World-renowned autism expert Dr. Fred Volkmar of the Yale Child Study Center is right here in New Haven. Your shoddy work impacts our children’s lives.” Below is an article that was highlighted on the [...]

Aspergers | Autism

Autism | Asperger's Syndrome

Are Aspergers and Autism truly linked to violence? Below is an article written by a man named Alex Plank.  Alex was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when he was 9 years old.  Alex has a web site called - it’s a web community designed for individuals with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, PDDs, and other neurological differences. The [...]

Channel 13 News Hillsborough County Schools

Class Action Lawsuits | Special Needs Children | The Maher Law Firm

Hillsborough County charged with civil rights violation  Channel 13 News, “The Hillsborough County School Superintendent has called for a special task force to review existing school procedures for special need students.  The internal review comes after the death of two special need students.” Dalia Dangerfield, Reporter. Isabella (Bella) Herrera died after choking and losing consciousness [...]

A Special Needs Child Dies During A School Bus Ride

Special Needs Children | The Maher Law Firm

A 7 year old little girl with special needs dies during a school bus ride MEDIA RELEASE “The parents of a 7-year-old Sessums Elementary School special needs student who died in January on a school bus transporting her home are suing the Hillsborough County School District over their daughter’s death. Lisa and Dennis Herrera claim [...]

Brain Responses | Autism Studies

Autism | Adults with Autism | The Maher Law Firm

“High functioning adults with autism exhibited variable brain responses to visual and auditory stimuli” In an article by Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today; suggests that autism may involve specific alterations in neural processing. Ilan Dinstein, PhD, of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and colleagues, reported in Neuron, that serial MRI brain scans detected variability, [...]

Happy Mother’s Day from The Maher Law Firm

Parenting Tips and Ways To Support Fellow Parents In honor of Mother’s Day we would like to share another moving article by Maria Lin.  Earlier this week we featured an article she did titled  7 Things You Don’t Know About A Special Needs Parent.  She had such an overwhelming response to the piece, that she [...]