Nearly 80 confirmed cases of mumps have been reported in central Ohio and the CDC is urging people to get vaccinated. One local mother is telling parents to do their research before vaccinating their children.
Shannon Coconis is a mother of three children and also the president of the National Autism Association of Southeast Ohio. She says one of her children was diagnosed with autism and that some members of the autism community believe that vaccinations are just one of the triggers...
Coconis Furniture held their annual Tee It Up Fore Autism Golf Tournament at the Zanesville Country Club on Monday. The Coconis family started the tournament four years ago as a way to give back to local families.
"With having a child in the family with Autism, it was just a good fit and it's a great way to raise money in a big way, for local families," said Shannon Coconis, President of the National Autism Association of Southeast Ohio.
A local store manager gets behind Autism awareness.
Cliff Baggett manages the Maysville Pike Do-It Center. He said he didn't know much about autism, the fastest growing developmental disease, until he started raising his son that suffers from it.
"It's really hard to describe. We've been through a lot," said Baggett. "Our boy just turned 20 here this past month and it's like any parent you want to see your child grow and mature, but with autism today there is one...
More kids are being diagnosed as autistic. About 1 in 88 children has the disorder.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the latest numbers are based on 2008 data from 14 states and suggest that autism rates have climbed 23% since 2006. Shannon Coconis represents the Southeast Ohio Chapter of the National Autism Association, and she said experts are looking for answers.
"You can say that there's better diagnosis and earlier intervention, which...
Area residents dodged the raindrops at Zane Landing Park Saturday morning to help raise money and awareness of Autism for the city's annual Autism Walk.
This year's walk brought-out a little competition, cheerleaders from both Sheridan and Maysville High School competed to see which squad could raise the most donations. Maysville cheerleaders captain Olivia Hamilton said her brother has a mild condition of Autism, so she knows what the competition is really all about.
An area organization hopes they can continue to raise funds for families dealing with autism.
In the State of Ohio autism is not covered by insurance, leaving families dealing with the disease to find a way to fund therapies that can cost as much as $5,000 a week.
"Any doctor treating autism will tell you, you got to get that child when he first gets the diagnose. You know two-three that's the best age to get a full recovery," said President of the NAA of Southeast...
The annual 'Teed-Up for Autism' Golf Outing brought help to one local family.
It was 4 years ago when Krisa Rhodes learned her son had Autism. Since then, she has sought Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapy for her son. She then discovered, Ohio insurance does not cover most treatments related to Autism.
"You need to think outside the box, just a little bit for your child," said Rhodes. "I think my child will never be able to...
Experts estimate that between two and six children out of every 1,000 have autism.
To get the word out, the National Autism Association of Southeast Ohio hosted it's second annual 5k walk Saturday morning at Zanes Landing Park. The association's president says there are limited resources when it comes to this developmental disability.
"That's why I started the NAA here in Zanesville, because it was so hard for us there were no other parents,...
Did you know that 1 in every 100 kids suffers from autism?
It's a medical condition that affects kids' social and communication skills.
"It is the fastest growing disability in kids. It supercedes aides, pediatric cancer, and diabetes. It supercedes all of those, and it really is an epidemic. People need to wake up, and we really need to look at autism, " says National Autism Association of Southeast Ohio President, Shannon Coconis.