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Autism

Students having free time in a gym
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People with autism are often sensitive to outside inputs like loud noises, fast movements, and social interaction, which makes physical education class not a great place for children on the spectrum. But a program at Illinois State University is helping students on the spectrum overcome the challenges of P.E.

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Becky Clark

Autism rates have risen sharply across the United States over the last two decades, but services and support available to those on the spectrum have not kept pace.

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Children on the autism spectrum can hunt for Easter eggs at a Bloomington gym that specializes in serving children with special needs.

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Rosalie Winard

The autistic mind can see detail that most others don't see, but those on the autism spectrum often struggle with social interaction.

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Adults on the autism spectrum do better living in individualized environments, but limited resources leaves many without personalized housing care.

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A local group has made several moves in the last two years to make Bloomington-Normal friendlier to people with autism.

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It’s no secret that more and more children are being diagnosed with autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says about 1 in 68 children has autism spectrum disorder. That jumps to 1 in 42 for boys—almost five times more common than in girls.