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Week in Neurodiversity – Runner With Autism Wins the Gold (10-1-16)


The Week in Neurodiversity

The Neurodiversity News Show, hosted by Mike Nickas.

In this episode, virtual reality helps those with social difficulties, a cheerleader asks a boy with Down syndrome to homecoming, and did you hear about the first man with autism to win a gold medal at the Paralympics? All this and more in this week’s episod­e!

[00:12] The virtual reality program that’s helping teens with Asperger’s, social anxiety, and other conditions.

[00:52] A student out of a magnet high school in Louisiana uses “the power of Asperger’s” to become an award-winning screenwriter.

[01:26] The tango is helping patients with Parkinson’s.

[02:02] A cheerleader asked a young man with Down syndrome to their homecoming dance.

[02:27] A house in Houston, Texas has been dedicated to a veteran with PTSD.

[02:55] Mikey Branningan has become the first runner with autism to win the 1500 Meter Gold Metal in the Paralympics.

 

FOR THE FULL-LENGTH STORIES AND VIDEOS:

The virtual reality program that’s helping teens with Asperger’s, social anxiety, and other conditions. http://www.today.com/video/can-virtual-reality-help-teens-deal-with-social-anxiety-adhd-and-more-769286211965?cid=eml_onsite

A student out of a magnet high school in Louisiana uses “the power of Asperger’s” to become an award-winning screenwriter. http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/news/2016/08/29/caddo-parish-magnet-graduate-harnesses-power-aspergers-nto-become-award-winning-film-writer/89107410/

The tango is helping patients with Parkinson’s. http://www.fox13news.com/health/206566751-story

A cheerleader asked a young man with Down syndrome to their homecoming dance. http://nbc4i.com/2016/09/17/cheerleader-asks-boy-with-down-syndrome-to-homecoming/

A house in Houston, Texas has been dedicated to a veteran with PTSD. http://abc13.com/news/house-dedicated-to-marine-who-suffered-from-ptsd/1518179/

Mikey Branningan has become the first runner with autism to win the 1500 Meter Gold Metal in the Paralympics. http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/mikey-brannigan-becomes-first-american-runner-with-autism-to-win-paralympic-1500-meter-gold-764343363631

This video is owned by Different Brains Inc, kindly donated by it’s original producer PCE Media LLC.

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Mike Nickas received his Bachelor of Arts in Film and Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University in December of 2015, and is currently pursuing his second BA at the University of South Florida in psychology with a minor in education. He is the former host of the online news show The Week in Neurodiversity. He also currently works for Dr. Mike Rizzo’s Child Provider Specialists in Weston, FL.

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