In addition to private-practice speech therapy, Kate Chatigny offers a Digital Detox Program that helps parents and caregivers reduce or eliminate children’s screen time.

The Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region will offer an Autism Fitness Level 1 certification program on Oct. 5 and 6, in partnership with the Ring Around The Spectrum gym in Latham.

Kim Blasiak



ALBANY COUNTY  — The Guilderland police chief and a local legislator each has a son on the autism spectrum, and each is working to keep people who have trouble speaking safe.

The better trained our police officers are, the better off citizens — with or without autism — will be.

The case of a pair of friends, students charged with making bomb threats at Guilderland High School, highlights two problems — how police treat people with disabilities and how 16-year-olds in New York are currently treated as adults under the law while 15-year-olds aren’t. New legislation will soon raise the age to 18.

One of five bills designed to improve services for adults with autism was signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Nov. 29. They offer housing loans, job support, and state identification cards.

Austin Carter appreciates the police who offered protection when he was harassed. Since he was small, he has wanted to be a police officer himself.

Bullying is always wrong but it is particularly damaging for those with autism. The victim needs protection that may be best achieved by disciplining and teaching the bully.

GUILDERLAND — Police last week arrested a Guilderland High School student for cyberbullying an autistic schoolmate, Austin Carter. The unnamed 15-year-old was arrested for aggravated harassment, a misdemeanor.


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