April is Autism Awareness Month

Scotch Plains, NJ On April 1, 2015, the White House released a Presidential Proclamation from President Obama: “On World Autism Awareness Day, our Nation recognizes all those around the globe who live on the autism spectrum. We celebrate the countless ways they strengthen our communities and enrich our world – and we reaffirm their fundamental rights to participate fully in society, live with respect, and achieve their greatest potential. In the United States, millions of adults and young people live with autism spectrum disorder, including 1 out of every 68 children. They are our colleagues, classmates, friends, and loved ones, and they each have something to contribute to the American story. In large cities and small towns, individuals with autism live independent and productive lives, and our Nation is better because of their unique talents and perspectives. Their example reminds us that all people have inherent dignity and worth, and that everyone deserves a fair shot at opportunity. My Administration is committed to helping Americans with autism fulfill their potential by ensuring access to the resources and programs they need. The Affordable Care Act prohibits companies from denying health insurance because of pre-existing conditions such as autism, and the law Read More

How technology can help older drivers

(BPT) – Technology is increasingly integrating with many aspects of our daily routines. From toothbrushes that beep when you are brushing too hard to thermostats that automatically adjust the temperature based on your behavior, advances in technology are getting personal in ways that are intended to help ease your experience. New technology is finding its way into our cars too, with many new vehicles now equipped with technology that can help you on the road. AARP Driver Safety has information available on these modern technologies including research findings from a study conducted by The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence and the MIT AgeLab. The research outlines several of these modern technologies aimed at helping you stay safe and confident behind the wheel. Sensors and alarms Many of the latest advancements in technology enable your vehicle to talk to you and alert you to potential dangers. Drivers identified blind spot warning systems as their top pick, in the latest survey from The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence and the MIT AgeLab. “Our research suggests that mature drivers value technology that assists with changing lanes and parking,” says Jodi Olshevski, gerontologist and executive director of The Hartford Center for Mature Read More