iPod May Ease Transition For Those With Autism

As more people with autism enter the work world, a new case study suggests that arming them with specially-programmed iPods may go a long way toward achieving independence on the job.

Researchers looking for new and innovative ways to help those with autism adapt to the demands of employment used the Apple iPod Touch as an assistive device with three adults with the developmental disorder. The results of the small case study — published this week in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation — were quite promising, they said.

Berkeley County Special Olympics Events

Here is a schedule of events for Berkeley County Special Olympics that our residents participate in:

All are held at the Grove Center from 7:00-9:00pm

  • Dance on Saturday, August 18, 2012
  • Dance on Saturday, September 15
  • Halloween party/dance on Saturday, October 27
  • Dance on Saturday, November 10
  • Sports Banquet on Friday, December 7
  • Christmas Party/Dance on Saturday, December 15

Drug Opens Door To Treating Down Syndrome

In what’s being hailed as a major milestone in efforts to treat Down syndrome, researchers say they’ve identified a drug that boosts memory in those with the chromosomal disorder.

The medication memantine — which is currently used to treat Alzheimer’s disease — offered as much as a tenfold memory increase for those with Down syndrome, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Translational Psychiatry.