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A clerk reaches for a container of marijuana buds for a customer at Utopia Gardens, a medical marijuana dispensary, in Detroit, on Oct. 2, 2018.
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The state Medical Board has voted to reject petitions seeking to add anxiety and autism spectrum disorders as qualifying conditions for physicians to recommend medical marijuana to patients.

The roar of the crowd, the boom of the sound system, the flash of fireworks — all part of the thrill for many fans who flock to NFL games, but for others, including those on the autism spectrum with sensory issues, the experience can be too much.

Now a growing number of teams are including "sensory inclusive spaces" within their arenas to accommodate them.

A clerk reaches for a container of marijuana buds for a customer at Utopia Gardens, a medical marijuana dispensary, in Detroit, on Oct. 2, 2018.
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An Ohio Medical Board committee has decided not to recommend adding anxiety and autism spectrum disorder to the state's list of qualifying conditions for purchasing medical marijuana.

The State Medical Board of Ohio has delayed  adding autism spectrum disorder and anxiety to the list of qualifying conditions for the medical marijuana program.

The board met June 12 in Columbus to consider adding several new medical conditions to the program.

The 12-member board rejected petitions to include depression, insomnia and opioid use disorder in Ohio’s medical cannabis program, said board spokesman Tessie Pollack. However, the board tabled the vote on anxiety and autism spectrum disorder, Pollack said.

The State Medical Board of Ohio may soon approve physicians to prescribe medical marijuana to treat anxiety and some symptoms of autism. Anxiety and autism were two of 110 petitions submitted to the board this year seeking approval for tretment with medical cannabis. A local physician was on the board and helped make the decisions. Be Well health reporter Marlene Harris-Taylor spoke with the doctor, Dr. Ted Parran, and joined Morning Edition host Amy Eddings to break down what this preliminary approval means for Ohioans.

Joan Caleodis, of Martin's Ferry, Ohio, celebrates after making one of the first patient purchases of Ohio's Medical Marijuana program at Cresco Labs CY+ dispensary in Wintersville, Ohio, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.
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A panel of physicians recommended that the State Medical Board of Ohio vote next month to include anxiety and autism spectrum disorder as qualifying conditions for medical marijuana use.

The Gender Imbalance In Autism

Apr 25, 2019

Girls on the autism spectrum are diagnosed later and less often than boys.

They’re referred to as lost girls, a term researchers use to describe girls who’ve been misdiagnosed or overlooked. When the research ignores the girls, who tend to exhibit different traits than boys, those girls fall through the cracks

Today on All Sides, the gender imbalance in autism.

Yvonne Martin keeps detailed notes of two years in her life. It starts on March 1, 2016. That’s the day her son, Daniel, first ran away from the family’s home near Evansville, Ind.

He was 13.

When Kalin Bennett was young, medical experts told his family he might never walk or speak because of autism. During his senior year of high school, he was ranked as the No. 16 basketball prospect in Arkansas.

Bennett will bring his talents on the court to Kent State as the NCAA’s first autistic basketball player to sign at the Division 1 level.

Eight-year-old Pauly Belletti of Parma has benefited from PEP Connections to help with behavioral needs.

Pauly Belletti is an outgoing, energetic first grader in Parma.

“School is awesome,” he says.

Why does the eight-year-old think school is so great?

“It's because you do cool stuff in art and do cool stuff in gym and do cool stuff in music.”

The Rise in Autism Prevalence

May 2, 2018
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A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that one in 59 children are autistic. This is an increase from a 2014 estimate of one in 68, and continues to illustrate a rising prevalence of the developmental disorder over the past decade. We will look at the report's findings and the impact of autism in the country today. 

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Children with sensory difficulties, and others on the autism spectrum can struggle with the amount of sheer stimulation and social interaction the holidays bring. How can parents, family, and society at large, best navigate the festive season for these kids? Guest host Clare Roth discusses ideas for hosting sensory-friendly celebrations, accessible holiday events in the Columbus area, and more.

When you're facing a major life change, it helps to talk to someone who has already been through it. All Things Considered is connecting people on either side of a shared experience, and they're letting us eavesdrop on their conversations in our series Been There.

James Carmody never had any doubt that he would go to college. He loved learning, he worked hard and he was excited to make a positive impact on the world.

Jo Ingles

Gov. John Kasich held a ceremonial bill signing Wednesday to celebrate a new law requiring coverage for medically necessary treatments for autistic children. 

Autistic teenage girl
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According to the CDC, about one in six American children have one or more developmental disabilities. These conditions can impair speech, learning, language and behavior. Caring for these youth can be expensive and time-consuming, and many families in Ohio who have children with a developmental disability struggle to get the resources they need. Today we'll talk about what is being done in Ohio to serve children with developmental disabilities and the challenges their families face accessing resources.