Teen Saves Classmate From Choking, Taught By SpongeBob SquarePants  

On October 28, 2015, 13-year-old Jessica Pelligrini began choking on an apple during lunch. The emergency could have turned fatal had fellow classmate Brandon Williams, also 13, not rushed to her side and successfully performed the Heimlich Maneuver. Marveling at Brandons’s heroism, his father Anthony Williams asked »11/08/15 9:15pm11/08/15 9:15pm


Sesame Street Introduces First Muppet With Autism

Sesame Street Workshop has added a new, autistic muppet named Julia to the gang. Julia’s addition is part of a program launched Wednesday morning called “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children,” that features routine cards, videos, and further resources for family and friends of an autistic child. »10/22/15 12:30pm10/22/15 12:30pm

A Very Recent History of Passengers Getting Kicked Off of Flights

A United flight to Portland made an emergency landing last week after the flight crew determined that an autistic passenger on board was too disruptive. Flight attendants had calmed her, but the flight was nonetheless diverted to Salt Lake City, where the teen and her family were removed from the plane. »5/12/15 1:30pm5/12/15 1:30pm

The Twizzler Challenge: Because the Ice Bucket Challenge Wasn't Enough

Remember last summer, when the Ice Bucket Challenge was in full swing and then it died down and a part of you felt guilty for feeling like, Phew, thank God that's over, because the charitable part means you shouldn't feel annoyed (right)? Take a deep breath, sit down, and meet its successor, the Twizzler Challenge. »3/18/15 10:50am3/18/15 10:50am

Dammit, Stop Using the Amish as an Excuse Not to Vaccinate Your Kids 

Against all logic, reason and every shred of credible scientific evidence, the "don't vaccinate your kids" brigade is still at it. (Thanks for the resurgence of whooping cough and polio, guys!) The latest pawn in their apparent bid to kill everyone from easily preventable diseases: the Amish, courtesty of yet another… »1/06/15 12:00pm1/06/15 12:00pm

Autistic Boys Exposed to Higher Levels of Hormones as Fetuses

New research has found that autistic boys were more likely exposed to higher levels of testosterone, cortisol and other hormones in their mother's womb than those who don't have autism. The findings suggest that the condition is triggered during fetal development. (Read: this has nothing to do with vaccinations!) »6/03/14 11:40am6/03/14 11:40am

PETA Discovers Nonexistent Link Between Dairy and Autism

PETA's scientists have been hard at work creating new and sensational ways to get you to fear meat and dairy. While I agree that a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle is an excellent choice, spreading fear and false information is not the way to gain converts. It's dishonest at best and dangerous at worst. And this ad, which… »6/01/14 2:36pm6/01/14 2:36pm

How Emojis Could Determine Your Place on the Autism Spectrum

We use emoticons to punctuate tweets or text messages, but did you know that these icons can [maybe sorta] lend insight into where people fall along the autism spectrum? That's the premise of Genevieve Belleveau's Emoji Autism Facial Recognition Therapy, a performance art piece that showed at this year's Emoji Art… »12/26/13 7:00pm12/26/13 7:00pm

He Has OCD and Aspergers, and He Wants to Fall in Love With You

Everyone has baggage. Some of us have heaps and heaps of matching luggage we tote with us everywhere we go; some of us have suitcases of issues that seem small but weigh us down; many of us have quirks and idiosyncrasies that swing between annoying and charming. And then there are those of us who have mental and… »4/02/13 11:50am4/02/13 11:50am

Your Morning Cry: Girl With Autism Duets With Katy Perry

As part of Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs, 11-year-old Jodi DiPiazza — who was diagnosed with autism at age 2 — took the stage, sitting at a huge grand piano, and played Katy Perry's "Firework." As a baby, Jodi did not speak or make eye contact. At three, she struggled with… »10/19/12 10:25am10/19/12 10:25am

Flight Attendant Forces Nonverbal Autistic Teen to Turn Off iPad She Uses to Communicate

Carly Fleischmann is a 17-year-old author who has a form of autism that prevents her from speaking. Doctors said she would never intellectually develop beyond the abilities of a small child, but Carly eventually began using a computer to communicate and now carries an iPad with her so she can "talk" on the go. »8/15/12 2:40pm8/15/12 2:40pm

Harvard Freezer Malfunction Destroys Dozens of Brains, Sets Back Autism Research by Years

As advanced as we've gotten with our scientific and technological skills, it seems as we can still be brought down by the simplest of errors. That's what happened recently at the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center, where they experienced a freezer malfunction that has defrosted 150 brains. »6/11/12 8:45pm6/11/12 8:45pm

Reader Email Haiku: I'm Gonna Pray For Your Soul, Ok?

The Jezebel inbox receives all sorts of interesting messages, from helpful tips to furious gibberish. Often, the missives strike us as poetic — in the chaos of the mailbag, we can find a sense of peace. As such, we have taken it upon ourselves to let some messages grow into the poetry they are meant to be. And we will… »5/23/12 5:30pm5/23/12 5:30pm

After Eight Years, Video of Autistic Student Electroshocked by Teachers Finally Goes Public

For decades, critics have attacked the Rotenberg Center in Boston — which was originally founded to treat severely autistic and mentally disabled children but also accepts kids with ADHD, mental illnesses, and juvie rap sheets — for its use of electric shock therapy. (You may recall Jennifer Gonnerman's 2006 Mother… »4/12/12 10:20am4/12/12 10:20am

Study Finds a Link Between Obese Moms and Autistic Kids

In the ongoing hunt to figure out what's causing the alarming increase in autism in children, there's a new finding that's bound to stir up a lot of debate. The study in question found that there appears to be a link between obesity in mothers and autism in their children. This is one of the first studies to connect… »4/09/12 10:20am4/09/12 10:20am