You may have already heard that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed to ban the use of electrical stimulation devices to treat aggressive or self-injurious behavior. The FDA has determined that these devices present an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury. The proposed ban on use would encompass both existing and future devices. The Autism Society of America will be submitting written comments on this proposed ban, but really know that they would like to hear from YOU! We would like to encourage you to take some time to review the proposed rule and submit your own comments.
The deadline for comments is May 25, 2016. For more information, please view the Federal Register display notice and submit a formal comment or go to the FDA Medical Device Bans webpage.
Many tools exist to turn a house into a safe, child-proof home. But beyond safety, other challenges exist when it comes to parents and siblings sharing space with a child on the autism spectrum. As an architect, and the mother of a son with autism, I’ve combined my experience to develop creative yet simple design ideas that help reduce conflict between children with ASD and their family members. If you are designing a brand new home, or considering a renovation, aside from implementing ADA strategies such as wider door openings, here’s a list of items to consider as you design building plans.