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As thousands are demonstrating against a pattern of police brutality toward Black people in the U.S., Congress is working to find legislative solutions to reform law enforcement.

Catherine Cortez Masto is one of the Democratic senators from Nevada and the former state attorney general. She spoke with KUNR’s Bree Zender on Wednesday about what can be done on the federal level.

Una mujer y dos niños caminan con un cartel que dice “Azul Blue, unidos por el autismo”.
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Para los niños con autismo, las rutinas son de vital importancia.

Es por eso que los cambios ocasionados por la pandemia son particularmente graves para padres como Olivia Espinoza, cuyo hijo de 15 años tiene autismo severo y es no verbal. Ha sido difícil explicarle al adolescente por qué no puede hacer sus actividades normales o salir de casa.

A woman and two children walking with a sign for Azul Blue United By Autism.
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For children with autism, routines can be sacrosanct. 

The disruptions brought on by the pandemic are particularly acute for parents such as Olivia Espinoza, whose 15-year-old son has severe autism and is non-verbal. It’s been difficult to communicate to him why he can’t do his normal activities or leave the house.

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In response to the spread of coronavirus, schools across the nation, including the University of Nevada, Reno, are transitioning to online learning for a period of time. This adjustment can be a challenge for some students; particularly those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Airport Rehearsal Day Helps Kids With Autism Fly

May 14, 2018

The Reno-Tahoe International Airport will soon host Wings For All, a program that provides an airport rehearsal day designed to help children with autism and their families learn to navigate air travel. Our reporter Holly Hutchings has more.

Reno Museum Caters To Kids With Autism

May 5, 2017
Nevada Discovery Museum

Autism is a real challenge for parents in Reno, especially when trying to find exciting social interactions for their children.

Now there is a new option. The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery) has a program once a month that caters only to children with autism and it’s happening this weekend.  

Reno Youth Radio’s Lesly Virgen-Mariscal has the story.

The Discovery is loud and fun place for lots of kids. One of them is 10-year-old Manny Cuacua. He’s autistic. His mom is here with him.

For this week’s Health Watch segment, we join Susan Hill from the University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM)  to learn more about a training program called LEND. It's for professionals and families working with children who have autism or other neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Susan spoke with Associate Professor Dr. Debra Vigil as well as Diane Thorkildson, both with the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology for the School of Medicine. 

States have been federally mandated to cover the cost of what’s called Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy for children with autism. Nevada Medicaid has proposed a reimbursement amount for the service, but advocates say it won’t be enough. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports.

Applied Behavioral Analysis, or ABA, is an autism therapy that uses communication techniques to change behavior. Medical experts have found that when ABA is used early on, it’s especially beneficial.

Swimming Upstream: Student With Autism Pushes To Graduate

Jun 10, 2015

All week, KUNR has been looking at students who have excelled despite adversity. Some who have intellectual challenges like autism have a harder time finishing high school and in fact, only about a third in Washoe County actually do. Making it to graduation has been a struggle for one young man who suffers from this disorder, as Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli explains.

Educating Children who have Autism

Jun 30, 2014

There are hundreds of children in Washoe County diagnosed with autism, but there’s a difference in opinion about the best way to educate these students. As part of our ongoing series on autism, Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli looks at how parents and educators are making these tough decisions.

It's finals week at Newton Learning Center and teacher Jody Smith is preparing his class for their last math test of the year.