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The Disney Channel is putting a focus onto Autism in an upcoming episode of “Girl Meets World” which is also an Emmy nominated comedy.

Disney Channel will be airing this episode on September 11th which it will be exploring the developmental disability.

Disney Channels Officials have also said that they’ve worked with three autism experts to “help deliver an authentic storyline that can spark conversation among kids and their families.”

This episode has been dubbed “Girl Meets Farkle,” Frakle Minkus wonders if he has Asperger’s syndrome and receives support from his friends Riley and Maya, the network said.

“Girl Meets World” is its second season which the original cast members Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel as Cory and Topagana Matthews focus on the experiences of their daughter, Riley. When it comes to “Boy Meets World” and now “Girl Meets World” they’ve been focussing both on issues that kids face. Having a disability and being a fan of “Boy Meets World” this is a great thing that Disney Channel is doing.  I find that this is one episode I’ll be watching since I am not only an advocate for people with disabilities and have a disability myself its definitely progress when it comes to Disney Channel with focussing on disabilities and inclusion for those who watch “Girl Meets World.”




New research has have suggested that many drugs have been overprescribed to people who have  intellectual disabilities despite evidence that they provide any benefit for people who are being prescribed. An analysis of medical records for more than 33,000 adults which have intellectual disabilities in the United Kingdom between 1999 and 2013 which found that one in four were prescribed antipsychotic medication.

Often, when the drugs were only used to correct behavior problems such as aggression and self-injury, according to findings that were published on Tuesday in The BMJ.

The trend is troubling which a researcher said. 71 percent of those with intellectual disabilities who have been prescribed antipsychotics had no record of severe mental illness which the drugs are meant to treat.

“Research evidence does not support using antipsychotics to manage behavior problems in people with intellectual disabilities,” said Rory Sheehan of University College London, who led the study. “Many people with intellectual disability and behavior disturbance have complex needs and other interventions, such as looking at the support people receive and their communication needs, should be prioritized. Antipsychotics, or indeed any medications, should not be prescribed lightly and are no substitute for comprehensive care.”

The study participants, antipsychotics were more common in those who were older and also individuals with intellectual disability and have had been diagnosed with autism or dementia.

The beyond questions about how efficacy, inappropriately giving people antipsychotics puts those at risk for side effects such as  drowsiness and weight gain, which can lead to other long-term health consequences such as diabetes, Sheehan said.

The researchers have also noted that use of antipsychotics declined gradually over the 15 years studied. The study also  suggested  that doctors may have been adjusting their methods of treating intellectual disabilities. I am glad that doctors who are treating people with intellectual disabilities are being treated with new methods.

The study has also found that medications for anxiety and depression have been frequently prescribed to people with intellectual disabilities.

Did you ever think there is a link between people who have Autism and being creative? Recently the BBC has done a study which as showed that people with Autism shows that those who have Autism are creative. It’s awesome that this study has come out with since it does make an impact for those who are diagnosed with the Autism since everyone does think differently and people can be creative when it comes to what they do when they are faced with problems. This is a sign that more people can see what people can do instead of them underestimate their potential.

I am creative in my own way and running AMCPress&Co I tend to be creative in the ways I come up with new ideas which we here at AMCPress&Co are working on new ideas. Our podcast shows how creative we are with incorporating satire and disability news into one show which is unique listening experience. Tune into tonight when we discuss this new study which we find to be an awesome find with the study. Listen in at

Federal funding for autism research has yo-yoed in recent years, but  is on the rise which was reported in a government report finds. In between 2008 and 2012, federal dollars for autism research as grown 45 percent, reaching $245 million in 2012 according to the Government Accountability Office.

The increase is due to the part of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which is to stimulus effort in a response to the recession which boosted funding for autism research over $288 million in 2010 before spending back the funds. 

11 federal agencies gave out nearly $1.2 billion in funding for autism research between 2008 and 2012. The majority came from the National Institutes of Health. Though overall the funding increased, spending remained disparate by category, according to the GAO. Biological research consistently received the most support followed by efforts to examine treatments and interventions, causes, diagnosis as well any infrastructures and surveillance.

Funding for services and the lifespan issues have remained low throughout the years which have been assessed. The GAO report came at the request of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander from Tennessee and Senator Patty Murray from Washington who has led the Senate’s education committee along with other members of Congress. The finding have been sent to the lawmakers in June however the finding were not released to the publicly until last month.