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New School Opening in Barrie for Children With Autism the First-Of-Its-Kind in Region

Kim Phillips
CTVNews.ca Barrie Digital Producer
Published Oct. 30, 2023

A private school specializing in supporting children on the autism spectrum is expanding operations with a new facility in central Barrie, and becoming the only school of its kind in northern Ontario.

“We provide customized education plans; we cater specifically to autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, various learning challenges or delays,” explained IBI Behavioural Services Owner and Director Amanda Baysarowich.

The IBI Private Academy currently works with about 40 full-time students, which will double in January when it moves to its new Cedar Pointe Drive location.

Baysarowich mentioned the government’s cuts to funding for families with children on the spectrum prompted a greater need for this type of facility in the community.

Feds’ Dental Care Plan to Come This Fall, but Disability Advocates Have Concerns

The federal government’s new dental insurance plan has yet to be introduced, but advocates are warning the eligibility criteria for people with disabilities could be cumbersome and may not capture everyone who should have access to the program.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/feds-dental-care-plan-to-come-this-fall-but-disability-advocates-have-concerns/

Drinking Diet Sodas and Aspartame-Sweetened Beverages Daily During Pregnancy Linked to Autism in Male Offspring

In this case-control study, boys who had been diagnosed with autism were more than three times as likely as neurotypically developing boys to have been born to mothers who reported consuming one or more servings per day of diet soda, or comparable amounts of the leading artificial sweetener aspartame, during pregnancy or breastfeeding. No statistically significant association was found in female offspring.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/drinking-diet-sodas-and-aspartame-sweetened-beverages-daily-during-pregnancy-linked-to-autism-in-male-offspring/

Eye-Tracking Tool May Help Diagnose Autism More Quickly and Accurately, New Studies Suggest

Most families of children with autism may face long wait times to diagnose their child with the disorder, and once a diagnosis is made, it sometimes may not be definitive.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/eye-tracking-tool-may-help-diagnose-autism-more-quickly-and-accurately-new-studies-suggest/

Raising a Child With Disabilities Amid Accessibility Shortcomings

Cayden has infantile-onset Pompe disease, a genetic disease that he will have for his entire life. Cayden has very low muscle tone, which prevents him from walking and moving on his own. He needs assistance for almost everything. While we’ve learned to live and adapt inside our home, it’s tricky when we’re out in public.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/raising-a-child-with-disabilities-amid-accessibility-shortcomings/

A Paralyzed Man Can Walk Naturally Again With Brain and Spine Implants

In a new study, researchers describe a device that connects the intentions of a paralyzed patient to his physical movements.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/a-paralyzed-man-can-walk-naturally-again-with-brain-and-spine-implants/

Unified Sports, Unified Schools: Program Builds Bonds that Break Down Barriers

The atmosphere is buzzing inside the Milford High School gym, where a basketball game is underway, the score seesawing as the clock ticks down.

Milford is up by two with seconds to go. Then a player on the visiting Souhegan team scores, and the place erupts in cheers.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/unified-sports-unified-schools-program-builds-bonds-that-break-down-barriers/

Study: Even With Fivefold Increase, Autism Likely Undercounted

“One of the assumptions about ASD is that it occurs alongside intellectual disabilities,” said Josephine Shenouda, an adjunct professor at the Rutgers School of Public Health and the lead author of the study, who pointed to older studies showing that as many as 75% of kids with autism have intellectual disability. “What our paper shows is that this assumption is not true.”

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/study-even-with-fivefold-increase-autism-likely-undercounted/