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2020

New US Data Show Similar Autism Prevalance Among Racial Groups
3/26/2020 - Spectrum
The increasing prevalence in children indicates that autistic adults also need more consideration, says Catherine Rice, director of the Emory Autism Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Emory Autism Center Covid-19 Update
3/18/2020 - Emory
The Emory Autism Center values your health and the health of our staff. In light of public health and Emory University guidance, EAC has stopped all in-person appointments and meetings and is offering telehealth options where feasible until further notice. 

2019

Can Marijuana Help Treat Autism Symptoms? A New Study Aims to Find Out
9/29/2019 - CNN
Michael Morrier is the program director of Child Behavioral Interventions at the Emory Autism Center in Atlanta. He is not involved in the Montefiore study but is hopeful that patients and families will continue to focus on autism behavioral therapies in the absence of definitive data on cannabis medicines.

Emory Program Gives Young Adults with Autism Taste of Independence
8/7/2019 - Fox 5
Walking on the Emory University quad in Atlanta, 20-year old Noah Markson of Atlanta and 23-year old Chloe Cich of Dacula, Georgia, are getting a taste of college life.

The Perfect Match
8/7/2019 - Emory Magazine
Early Emory is the university’s year-round preschool education program for children ages one to five. To the casual observer it looks like any other preschool, but there’s an important difference: Two-thirds of its students are developing typically like Elise, while one-third has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, including Amiel.

Learning Through Improv: A Local Nonprofit's Fun Approach to Teaching Students with Autism
7/10/2019 - WABE
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can affect a person’s social and communication skills and behavior. “It means that the ways the person sees and processes and uses social information, as well as some of the challenging behaviors and different behaviors the person may have, really kind of add up to say this person needs adaptations, they need extra help in communicating and interacting with the world,” says Catherine Rice, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University and director of the Emory Autism Center.

Autism: Closing the Gap - Your Fantastic Mind Feature
2/12/2019 - Emory
The Early Emory Center for Child Development and Enrichment (Early Emory) is a preschool for children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder. When it first opened 30 years ago as the Walden Early Childhood Center, now known as Early Emory, it was founded as an innovative idea in inclusion practices, and has been a model for preschools across the nation.

Why Genetic Tests Matter for Autistic Adults
1/30/2019 - Spectrum
“Reimbursement is very variable depending on the policy they have, the company and how much time I can spend talking to a person who is reading a computer screen to me on the phone,” says Joseph Cubells, associate professor of human genetics and psychiatry at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. “It is very limited and frustrating.”

2018

Autism Diagnosis a Long Wait for Georgia Families
GPB Radio News - 8/7/2018
The wait time for getting an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis in Georgia is often upwards of six months, and sometimes as long as 14 months for young kids and teenagers. Director of the Autism Center at Emory University Catherine Rice said there is a shortage of child psychologists. Making the problem worse: a lack of confidence in the diagnosis process, especially with younger kids whose possible signs of ASD can be similar to normal deviations in infant behavior.

EAC to Host ADOS-2 Clinical Workshop
Emory - 7/16/2018
The Emory Autism Center (EAC) is pleased to announce a three-day clinical training course on using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule–2nd edition (ADOS-2) to identify people with ASD.

Emory Autism Center to Host Autism and the Law Seminar
Emory - 6/6/2018
The Emory Autism Center will host the Autism and the Law Seminar: Community Policing and the Criminal Justice System on Friday, June 22, from 10:30 am - 3:00 pm.  The event will be held at the Emory Brain Health Center's Executive Park 12 location in Training Room B on the first floor.

Autism Prevalence Jumps 16 Percent, CDC Says
Scientific American - 4/27/2018
The new findings do not necessarily mean the actual number of children with autism in the U.S. is rising, says Catherine Rice, director of the Emory Autism Center in Atlanta and principal investigator for the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network from 2001 to 2010. “The current ADDM report seems to indicate that awareness of [autism] characteristics is broadening and this contributes to increases in [autism] prevalence overall,” Rice says.

New Report Shows Slight Uptick in Autism Prevalence
Spectrum News - 4/26/2018
About 1 in 59 children in the United States has autism, according to data released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Four times as many boys as girls have the condition, according to the report.

Autism Prevalence Increases: 1 in 59 US Children
CNN - 4/26/2018
One in 59 US children has autism, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new estimate is a prevalence rate of 1.7%, up from one in every 68 children (1.5%) in the 2016 report, which was based on data from 2012.

EAC to Host Autism Awareness Month Event
Emory - 3/28/2018
The Emory Autism Center is hosting an event for Autism Awareness Month on Wednesday, April 18, from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Emory Brain Health Center's Executive Park 12 location.  The event, titled Beyond Rainman: Autism on the Stage and Screen, will look at autism represented on stage and screen.

Support the Emory Autism Center in April at City Barbeque
Emory - 3/28/2018
To help celebrate World Autism Awareness Month, grab lunch and/or dinner at City Barbeque (Decatur) any Wednesday in April and support the Emory Autism Center (EAC)! Show this voucher when you order and 25% of the proceeds will benefit the EAC’s Child Assessment and Behavioral Support Programs!

Carlos Museum, Emory Autism Center Work to Make Museum Visits More Inclusive
Emory - 3/13/2018
Making sure that the 16,000 young people who visit Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum annually for field trips, camps and special programs maximize their museum experience is a top priority for the museum’s Office of Educational Programs. Experienced at customizing programs to suit the interests and needs of visitors, Alyson Vuley, manager of educational programs, spotted an opportunity for growth when she met Kelsey Bohlke, a counselor at the Emory Autism Center (EAC).

Walden/Early Emory Reunion
Emory - 3/12/2018
The Emory Autism Center and Early Emory Center for Child Development and Enrichment will be hosting a Walden/Early Emory Reunion on Friday, July 20th, from 12:00 - 3:30 pm at Wisteria Lanes of the Emory Conference Center.  

Optimism, Confusion Greet Federal Fast Track for Autism Drug
Spectrum - 2/14/2018
Regardless of what happens with this drug, the ruling is a positive development in autism therapy, says Larry Young, professor of psychiatry at Emory, who also was not involved in the Roche study. “Whether [the results] are positive or negative, they’ll still move the field along a little bit.”

Georgia Autism Assessment Collaborative Cohorts Trained by EAC
Emory - 2/5/2018
The Georgia Autism Assessment Collaborative (GAAC) is a project funded by the Georgia Department of Public Health and implemented by the Emory Autism Center (EAC), with cooperation from the Georgia Psychological Association.  The purpose of the GAAC is for invested professionals to network and learn together to deepen the capacity for early diagnostic assessment of Georgia’s young children under the age of three suspected of having an ASD. 

2017

Emory BBA Students Mentor High-Potential Peers
Emory Business Magazine - 12/1/2017
Age 18 is often seen as a rite of passage, swinging open the doors for students to enter college, the workplace, and increased independence. But for young adults with special needs, graduating from high school ends the legal mandate public schools have to provide support and training. This closes the door on their ability to maximize and broaden their skills and talents.

Increasing Professional Capacity for Early Autism Evaluations in Georgia: The Georgia Autism Assessment Collaborative (pg 3)
The Georgia Pediatrician - 8/21/2017
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Emory Autism Center (EAC), under the umbrella of the Georgia Autism Assessment Collaborative (GAAC), are providing specialized training to improve early screening and diagnosis for children with autism.

Autism Foundation of Georgia Hosting Solar Eclipse Event
Emory - 7/28/2017
The Autism Foundation of Georgia is hosting an event for the upcoming Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21, with a “Under the Chota Sun Eclipse Party” from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at Chota Falls in Clayton, Georgia.  

A Special Program for Kids with Autism Teaches Potty Training Skills
Today.com - 7/11/2017
As a mom of four kids, North Carolina mom Adrian Wood has faced her share of parenting challenges, but when it came to potty training her youngest son, Amos, 3, Wood had no idea where to start.  Unlike her older children, Amos has autism, something Wood says left her desperate to see her son hit the milestone of being potty trained, but clueless about where to begin.

Adult Autism: Beyond the School Years
Advancing Your Health Blog - 4/27/2017
Most people think of high school graduation as an exciting new beginning. But to parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it’s often a time of confusion, stress and flat-out fear. They must confront the reality and challenges of their kid’s adult autism. 

Amiel and Elise: Friendship Beyond Autism
Huffington Post - 4/20/2017
At Early Emory Center for Child Development and Enrichment, Amiel and Elise are in class together. Early Emory’s preschool is an inclusion program for 12 months to 5-year-old children. One-third of the students have autism. Two-thirds do not.

He has Autism. She Doesn't. And They are Best Friends.
WXIA - 4/20/2017
They sound like a typical couple, the sort who know each other well enough to make these sorts of honest statements.  Amiel is five years old. Elise is four.  He has autism. She doesn’t. And it doesn’t matter. They’re best friends.

Do Schizophrenia and Autism Share the Same Root?
Scientific American - 3/22/2017
The new findings could help guide clinical care, says Opal Ousley, assistant professor of psychiatry at the Emory Autism Center in Atlanta. If prenatal testing picks up the 22q11.2 deletion, for instance, clinicians could discuss the risk of both autism and schizophrenia with parents.

Joseph Cubells Honored During 2017 Doctor's Day
Emory - 3/30/2017
Joseph Cubells, MD, PhD, was honored by the Emory School of Medicine Recognitions Committee for 2017 Doctor’s Day. 

Meet Sesame Street's Muppet with Autism
CNN - 3/20/2017
The newest resident of "Sesame Street" has orange hair and a fondness for her toy rabbit.  She also has autism.

5 Tips for Talking to Your Child About His or Her Autism
US News & World Report - 3/13/2017
Keep things simple and strike a balance. Avoid using clinical language, says psychologist Matt Segall, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Emory Autism Center at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.

2016

Grandin Inspires with Personal, Practical Talk on Different Kind of Minds
Emory News Center - 5/12/2016
Temple Grandin did not talk until she was nearly four years old, but tickets to her speech Sunday at Emory's Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts were sold out almost three weeks before the event.

Emory Joins Launch of SPARK, the Nation's Largest Autism Research Study
Emory News Center - 4/24/2016
The Emory Autism Center today helped launch SPARK, a research initiative designed to become the largest autism study ever undertaken in the United States. 

5 Myths About Raising a Child with Autism that Need to Go Away
Huffington Post - 4/6/2016
“One myth is that there is a single cause of autism ... one [specific] thing that has clearly changed in the world in the last 20 to 30 years resulting in more individuals with autism,” said Catherine Rice, director of the Emory Autism Center. “It’s much more complex than that.”

Closer Look: Harken Healthcare; Autism Awareness; And More.
WABE - 4/5/2016
As part of a “Closer Look” series for Autism Awareness Month, Catherine Rice, director of the Emory Autism Center, talks about the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

CDC Reports No Change in Autism Prevalence
CNN - 4/1/2016
While the current report (showing data from 2012) shows no change in prevalence from the 2014 report (showing data from 2010 to 2012), the prevalence continues to remain higher than expected, said Dr. Catherine Rice, director of the Emory Autism Center. And it might be too soon to tell if autism prevalence in the United States is starting to stabilize.

When Autism Grows Up
WebMD - 2/19/2016
Autism is a lifelong disorder, and adults struggle finding their place in society once they grow up. Hear Brett and his family talk about what it was like for him growing up and what the future holds.

2015

Health Care Heroes Awards Honor Health Leaders, Physicians
Emory News Center - 5/15/2015
Toni Thomas, finalist in the Allied Health Category, is program manager for adult services at the Emory Autism Center. She leads myLife, an initiative to help adults with autism spectrum disorder learn and practice life skills. 

State Partners with Emory University to Improve Community-Based Care for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities - 4/29/2015
“The needs of adults with autism spectrum disorder vary widely and can be quite complex,” said Joseph Cubells, MD, PhD, director of medical and adult services at the Emory Autism Center. “We are looking forward to working with our colleagues at DBHDD to enhance our state’s capacity to respond to the growing need for services for adults living with autism and their families.”

GAAC Hosts Training to Improve Autism Evaluations for Georgia’s Children
Georgia Department of Public Health - 4/28/2015
“Early intervention can make a difference in helping a child learn important skills and dramatically change developmental outcomes,” said Michael Morrier, PhD, BCBA-D, assistant director of the EAC and a certified Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) administrator.  “It is essential for Georgia to increase the capacity of a well-trained team of secondary and tertiary professionals who can help families with the assessment and diagnosis of their young child suspected of having ASD.”

Adults with Autism Learn Independence on Emory Campus
Emory News Center - 4/20/2015
The Emory Autism Center is making use of the Emory University campus for an initiative to help adults with autism spectrum disorder learn and practice important life skills.

Early Behavioral Treatment Helps Kids with Autism
Your Care Everywhere - 3/2/2015
“There are a lot of unproven, fad treatments that supposedly can help autism, from changing diets to swimming with dolphins and everything in between. But ABA is a form of therapy that has research and evidence behind it,” says Michael J. Morrier, assistant director of the Emory Autism Center in Atlanta.

Changing Autism’s Course
WebMD - 3/2/2015
A WebMD special report that looks at breakthroughs and gaps in autism treatment – from infants to adults.

 

2013

Emory Autism Center, Atlanta Airport Train Employees to Assist Individuals with Autism
Emory News Center - 10/24/2013
The Emory Autism Center and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport are teaming up to train airport employees to assist individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This first-of-its-kind training program at Hartsfield-Jackson airport was initiated by Lauren Castriota, PsyD, psychologist with the Emory Autism Center, as part of the center’s AWARE initiative. 

Who Will Care for Adults With Autism?
WebMD - 8/23/2013
"This is an impending health care or community care crisis," said Dr. Joseph Cubells, director of medical and adult services at the Emory Autism Center at Emory University in Atlanta. "The services that are available vary from state to state, but often the resources just aren't there."

5K Raises Funds, Celebrates Best Budies
Emory News Center - 4/10/2013
April is Autism Awareness Month, and the Best Buddies chapter at Emory is sponsoring a 5K run/walk to raise awareness and to support those with autism as well as other developmental disabilities.