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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

Stephon Watts, 15, was shot and killed by Calumet City police officers on Feb. 1, 2012. Police said he had cut an officer with a kitchen knife, but his family said it was only a butter knife. (Watts Family Photo)

Family Seeks Federal Probe Of Fatal Shooting By Calumet City Cops

About 10 people marched with the family of 15-year-old Stephon Watts Saturday, demanding sanctions against the Calumet City police officers who shot the autistic teen to death.

WBBM Newsradio–02/26/2012

Stephon Watts, 15, was shot and killed by Calumet City police officers on Feb. 1, 2012. Police said he had cut an officer with a kitchen knife, but his family said it was only a butter knife. (Watts Family Photo)

Funeral Held For Autistic Teen Shot & Killed By Calumet City Cops

More than 700 people attended a funeral service in Dolton for the 15-year-old boy with autism who was shot to death February first by Calumet City Police.

CBS Chicago–02/19/2012

J.T. Thomas #52 of the Chicago Bears works out during a summer training camp practice at Olivet Nazarene University on July 30, 2011 in Bourbonnais, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears’ J.T. Thomas Taking Epileptic Fan To Super Bowl

Bears linebacker J.T. Thomas has driven to Indianapolis with a teenaged friend to see Sunday’s Super Bowl.

WBBM Newsradio–02/05/2012

Stephon Watts, 15, was shot and killed by Calumet City police officers on Feb. 1, 2012. Police said he had cut an officer with a kitchen knife, but his family said it was only a butter knife. (Watts Family Photo)

Outrage Growing After Teen Killed By Calumet City Cops

Relatives and friends of a 15-year-old autistic boy who was shot and killed by police officers on Wednesday were voicing their outrage by staging a protest outside of the police station Thursday night.

CBS Chicago–02/02/2012

Eva Padilla plays with her 4-year-old son Leo, who has moderate autism. (Credit: CBS)

Parents, Teachers Urge Early Testing For Autism

If you feel your preschooler might have autism, follow your gut and get your child tested. A mother, along with an award winning teacher, both say that early intervention makes all the difference.

CBS 2–10/04/2011

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Chicago Autism Patients To Take Part In Clinical Study

One hundred fifty patients diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders between the ages of 5 and 21 will be taking part in clinical trials across the country, including in Chicago.

WBBM Newsradio–07/14/2011

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Man With Autism Missing Again

A 27-year-old man with autism is missing from his Englewood neighborhood home again, after vanishing twice before in recent months.

CBS Chicago–07/01/2011

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Lawmakers Stress Need For Advocacy For Autism

The story of autism hits home for a downstate lawmaker who is a parent of a child who suffers from the disorder.

CBS Chicago–06/13/2011

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Man With Autism Missing

A 26-year-old autistic man has now been missing from his home near Sherman Park for seven months, police said.

CBS Chicago–05/10/2011

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Virtual Camping Trip Coming For Kids With Autism

Children with autism can experience something new this winter – camping.

WBBM Newsradio–01/31/2011

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