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New law establishes Alaska standard for restraint in schools

...pushed for more regulation. "The new law is a big deal," said Ashley Dunks, a mother of three who says her son, who has autism, was secluded against her wishes at an Anchorage elementary school. She started the Facebook group Ban Seclusion Rooms in...
Support for Autism Walk appreciated everyone who came, helped, donated, and supported the Autism Walk this year. It would not have been possible without so...and show such support and prove that people are not alone. Autism is a disability that is still misunderstood and often leaves...
Soldotna autism walk back with a bang

...during this year's Soldotna Walk for Autism fundraiser. Running, bouncing and yoga...movements, she said. Two hours into the autism walk, Owen was still willing to participate...Soldotna, said many families use the autism walk as a place to bring their children...
Safety for autistic kids shouldn't depend on GPS

...the number of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder has soared, a nationwide...Of the over 500,000 children on the autism spectrum, about half are prone to wandering...the deaths of dozens of children with autism since 2008. One such tragedy - involving...
Autism in the community: Awareness walk brings disability to forefront

...part of a three-part series exploring autism in the community. Tonja Updike knows...Her son, Garrett, was diagnosed with autism about four years ago when he was 3 years...disability. Now as a board member for the Autism Society of Alaska Golden Heart Chapter...
Over 200 turn out for 3rd Annual Autism Awareness Walk at Skyview

The Third Annual Autism Awareness Walk was a bigger success than...and raising over $3,000 for local autism trainings. Some folks walked in the...available for people to take and share about Autism. "We're making real progress when...
Skyview hosts 2nd Annual Alaska Walk for Autism

April is Autism Awareness Month and last weekend the local Autism Society, headed up by Community Liaison Tonja Updike held the 2nd Annual Alaska Walk for Autism at Skyview High school. "April 2nd was actually World...
Autism rises in Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

...part of a three-part series exploring autism in the community. In Tina Gilman's...240 percent increase in students with autism, according to Clayton Holland, the district's...Holland said, the district created an autism-specific classroom at Kenai's Mountain...
Support helps raise awareness of autism

...that donated and came to the 2nd Annual Autism Awareness Walk! The three walks that...event. It is also important to note that autism is a disability that affects people year round. Even though April is almost done Autism Society of America is working in our communities...
Thanks for another successful autism walk

The Third Annual Autism Awareness Walk was a huge success! This event is a fundraiser for the Autism Society of Alaska. But, more importantly...make this a possible event. Tonja Updike, Autism Society of Alaska


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