Autism

Someone You Should Know

Someone You Should Know: The Kids At Giant Steps Elementary

For the kids at Giant Steps Elementary in Lisle, a school for autistic students, it’s a big deal: their own production of a show called “The Little Red Hen.”

06/05/2015

Researchers at the University of California Davis say a condition in newborn horses called maladjustment syndrome could provide a new link to autism. (Credit: UC Davis)

Study On Newborn Horses Could Provide Clues On Autism In Children

CBS 2’s Marissa Bailey takes a closer look at the discovery in this Original Report.

05/19/2015

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Measles Outbreak: To Vaccinate Or Not Vaccinate

With the potential to affect thousands, the recent outbreak of measles in the U.S. has placed a spotlight on a debate that’s raged for years.

01/14/2015

Young adults with autism learn gardening, communications, and vocational skills at an urban farm in the Illinois Medical District. (Credit: Growing Solutions Farm)

Farm On Near West Side Teaches Job Skills To Autistic Young Adults

Some parents of young adults with autism were expressing thanks for a local program that has helped their children become more independent.

11/26/2014

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Paratransit Bus Drops Off Man With Severe Autism Miles Away From Home

A man with severe autism ended up shivering in the cold all alone after being dropped off by a transit service miles from home.

10/07/2014

The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival. (Credit: highwoodpumpkinfest.com.

Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival To Raise Funds For Autism Society Of Illinois

The organizers of the annual Pumpkin Festival in Highwood have a new goal this year, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.

10/06/2014

Brooklyn Venter (Skokie Police)

Missing Boy With Autism Found Safe

An employee of the LL Bean store in Old Orchard Center found the boy, Brooklyn Venter, sitting on a stairwell in an “employee only” portion of the store.

09/25/2014

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Study Shows Treatment In Infants Reduces Symptoms Of Autism

(CBS) — There is new hope in the fight against autism and it starts before a child is even diagnosed. CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez reports on the results of a very small study with big […]

09/09/2014

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Study Links Farm Pesticide Use To Autism

A new study has found a link between a mother’s exposure to pesticides and her child’s risk of autism.

06/24/2014

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Chicago Family Makes Difference For Autism Awareness

For Michelle and Peter Doyle, a trip to the doctor’s office with their daughter Calen in 2006 changed their lives forever.

04/20/2014

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Autism Activists Oppose State’s Plan To Cut Classroom Program

Christopher Jorwic has autism. His family credits a Illinois State Board of Education program with helping him thrive. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports.

03/27/2014

: 18 year old Eagle Scout Dylan Miller and his mother, Dyann Miller, live in Berwyn. (WBBM)

Autistic Youth Earns Eagle Scout Rank, With Merit Badges To Spare

Dylan Miller, 18, says Autism means his brain works extra hard to learn new things, but apparently it works well enough. WBBM’s John Cody reports.

07/26/2013

A 14-year-old autistic boy was found dead in an home located above a business in the 8100 block of West Grand Avenue in River Grove on Sunday. Authorities said the body had signs of trauma. (Credit: Susanna Song)

Boy With Autism Found Stabbed To Death In River Grove

A 14-year-old boy with autism was found stabbed to death inside an apartment in west suburban River Grove on Sunday.

06/10/2013

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How Autism Turned Into A Life-Saving Mission For Mom

April is autism awareness month. CBS 2’s Susan Carlson takes a closer look at how one Chicago-area woman turned her son’s diagnosis into a life-saving mission helping hundreds of other families.

04/19/2013

After years of treatment, Henry Schlaak has made remarkable progress after being diagnosed with autism. (CBS)

CDC Estimates 1 In 50 Children Have Autism

A new study indicates autism is much more widespread than previously thought. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says 1 in every 50 school age kids has autism—that is about 1 million children nationwide.

03/20/2013

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Autistic Teen Warns Family Of Fire Burning In Living Room

A Downers Grove teenager with autism and a fear of fires was able to overcome those difficulties to warn his mother about a fire in their home over the weekend.

WBBM Newsradio–03/12/2013

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TTYM: Stephen A. Smith Said What?? And People Like Mike Vick

Stephen, Please! ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith came under fire Thursday for using a racial slur on Thursday’s edition of First Take.  The comment happened during a discussion of whether or not Kobe Bryant will play in […]

10/26/2012

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Police Search For Missing Boy With Autism

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing teenage boy who has autism.

CBS Chicago–06/20/2012

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Training Program Educates First Responders On People With Autism

Illinois firefighters and paramedics may soon know how to better help autistic people during emergencies.

CBS Chicago–04/16/2012

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Study Finds Autism Could Be Linked To Obesity During Pregnancy

A new study out today raises some serious concerns about unborn babies and the potential for autism.

CBS Chicago–04/09/2012

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