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The Term Neurodiversity Is Good, But Not Good Enough

Twenty-five years ago this month, the word neurodiversity appeared in print in a September 1998 article in The Atlantic. Judy Singer, an Australian social scientist, introduced the word in reference to autism. In 2000, Kassiane Asasumasu, an activist for the neurodiversity movement, coined the term neurodivergent to refer to any person whose development was nontypical. Movements …

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Telehealth: Is it Right for Parents and Children?

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the availability of telehealth for autism and other developmental disorders has exploded. Now that we are mostly post-pandemic, many parents are asking: “Is telehealth still the right choice for my child’s treatment?” There is no single answer. Below are several considerations for parents to keep in mind if they are thinking …

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‘We’ve Got To Do More’: Providers Seek To Close Gap In Mental Health Care For Neurodiverse People

People with autism are four times as likely to experience depression in their life than typically-developing peers. Despite the increased risk, people with autism or other neurodiversities often face significant obstacles when seeking mental health care. Barriers like clinicians’ lack of specialty training, staffing shortages and pitfalls with payers often prevent neurodiverse people from accessing …

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Catalight Career Advancement Services Offers a Look Into Accommodations for the Neurodivergent

Catalight recently launched a Career Advancement Services program to serve neurodiverse candidates seeking employment. The new program offers participants a fully integrated set of services to support them along their career journey, from initial assessments to landing the position that best sets them up for future career success. This person-centered service, focuses on the participant’s …

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Forbes Announces 50>50 List 2023

Catalight President and CEO, Susan Armiger was recognized on Forbes’ 2023 50 Over 50: Impact list for her leadership at Catalight and for creating a more equitable world for people with developmental disabilities. Know your value. Age can be your superpower. Just ask any of the entrepreneurs, investors, inventors and artists on our third annual 50 Over 50 list.

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Getting Ready for Summer Camp: Tips for Parents

While kids prepare and look forward to the fun of summer break, as a parent you may be feeling stressed about months of hectic schedules, impromptu events, and later bedtimes. Let’s face it, for parents, summer’s promise of fun can quickly become a difficult and stressful time. For families with autistic children or children with …

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Overcoming Stigma to Create More Inclusive Communities

April is Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Day was April 2, 2023. These observances create important opportunities to break down existing biases and build more inclusive communities where all people are valued for their unique abilities. While greater awareness is needed to foster understanding and support, shouldn’t we set our sights a little higher? …

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The Importance of Telediagnostics in ASD Diagnosis and Treatment

The COVID-19 pandemic brought significant challenges and opportunities for psychologists conducting diagnostic evaluations for people with suspected autism spectrum disorder (ASD). While there had been research on telediagnostics for ASD, at the start of the pandemic these procedures had not been widely applied or accepted as valid means of diagnostic practice.

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Catalight Expands Pilot Study in Partnership with Awake Labs

Awake Labs has announced the expansion of its pilot program with Catalight, a California-based social enterprise working to create a more equitable world so people with developmental disabilities can choose their own path. The expanded pilot goal is to assess the feasibility of a smartwatch-enabled technology that measures stress and strong emotions in real-time for …

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