autism

Organization Wants To Start Alternative Baseball In FM Metro

The organization is looking for volunteers, coaches and players to be apart of the team.

GEORGIA — Alternative Baseball is a program based in Georgia that started in 2016. Founder Taylor Duncan says he was denied opportunities to play the sport he loved due to misconceptions about having Autism. So, Duncan created a space free of judgement for teens and adults to play baseball as well as gain physical and social skills. The organization is…

Snow Days Can Hinder Students With Autism

For students with autism, Snow Days are detrimental to maintaining their developmental progress for success.

FARGO, N.D. – Snow Days are usually a fun day at home for some students, offering a brief break from the stresses and struggles of school. For students with autism, Snow Days are detrimental to maintaining their developmental progress for success. The weather may trigger anxiety at home. A bad blizzard could leave parents without proper child care, even for…

Local Organization Provides Safe Space For Kids With Special Needs To Meet Santa

Kids were also able to enjoy holiday treats and created sensory friendly crafts

MOORHEAD, Minn.- For some kids, waiting in line is the most dreaded part of visiting Santa. For others, it’s the noise, the amount of people, and the lights. “Sometimes loud noises are bothersome, huge crowds, standing around in a line with a bunch of people all pressed together is just really uncomfortable and here there is just.. There’s none of…

ND Autism Center Launches Safety Program With Local Law Enforcement

People with autism will get a wristband, key chain, and ID card

FARGO, N.D. –Having a loved one with autism can mean being in a constant state of worry. A new program designed is to give families some peace of mind. When Darcy Kasprowicz’s brother Tyler was diagnosed with autism, her family felt isolated. That prompted her to start the North Dakota Autism Center in 2008. “I appreciate him and what he…

Child Autism Center Adds Location in Moorhead

Autism Innovation in Motion works with Autistic kids up to 40 hours a week

MOORHEAD, MN– Autistic children are able to get the support they need with the help of Autism Innovation in Motion. AIM’s facility in Moorhead can help children from the age of a year and a half to 21 develop the skills they need to be successful in everyday life. “It’s really important that we dive into those skills and catch…

West Fargo Police Announces New Fund for Project Lifesaver Program

The program can help those with autism, Alzheimer's disease, and other cognitive conditions stay safe

WEST FARGO, N.D. — More families can have peace of mind thanks to a donation to the West Fargo Police Department. A new fund will help enroll qualified residents in Project Lifesaver, which can help keep those with autism, Alzheimer’s and dementia safe. Back in June, 6–year–old David Lemi Logulomo, who has autism, wandered away and drowned. A scholarship fund in his…

Organization that Helps Employ People on the Autism Spectrum Moves in to New Space Across the River

Many representatives from local businesses were at the ribbon cutting and learned more about how they can be a part of the employment process

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A local organization that helps businesses employ the strengths of people on the autism spectrum has a new office space. Mind Shift crossed the Red River and is now located in the center of downtown Moorhead. Many representatives from local businesses were at the ribbon cutting and learned more about how they can be a part of…

Gamers Raise Money for Autism Network

The event lasted for 12 hours straight

FARGO, N.D. — Gamers at Section 9 Cyber Café held a 12–hour gaming fundraiser, which raises money for the Red River Valley Asperger–Autism Network. Gamers earn coins when they play, and those are exchanged as donations for charity. One gamer says he feels a personal connection to the cause, because he has a family member with autism. “Whether you have a…

Klobuchar Highlights Bill Aimed to Help Find Missing People

Project Lifesaver device will help locate those who have a high risk of wandering away from home

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A bipartisan bill sponsored by Senator Amy Klobuchar aims to make it easier for law enforcement to find people who have wandered away from home. Children with developmental disabilities and seniors with Alzheimer’s disease have a high risk of wandering. “We have heard in our office about these cases where people are just scared to death. This is…

Minnesota Adding Conditions that Qualify for Medical Marijuana

The state health department takes public input each year on conditions that might be added

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota health officials are adding autism spectrum disorders and obstructive sleep apnea as conditions that qualify for medical marijuana. The health commissioner says there is increasing evidence that medical marijuana can help people with severe autism or obstructive apnea. The state health department takes public input each year on conditions that might be added. Some of…