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Kent State hosted its firts 'sensory-friendly' game on Saturday for fans like April Stevens' son, who has autism, but loves basketball and Kent State's Kalin Bennett -- the first autistic player signed by a Division I program.

Kent State Men’s Basketball Hosts First “Sensory-Friendly” Game

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Kent State University’s Men’s Basketball team – the first Division I team to sign an autistic player – hosted its first “sensory-friendly” game over the weekend, bringing in people who may not always be able to enjoy college hoops in person. The murmur of the crowd, the squealing of tennis shoes and an announcer were there, but… Read More

Marijuana plants sit under LED lights inside the Veg Room, in Eastlake, Ohio.

Medical Marijuana for Autism, Anxiety?

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COLUMBUS — The State Medical Board’s Medical Marijuana Expert Review committee unanimously voted Wednesday to recommend two conditions be added to the list of qualify conditions that doctors can recommend be treated with medical marijuana. Autism spectrum disorder and anxiety would be added to the list of 21 existing conditions in the state’s Medical Marijuana Control… Read More

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Sensitive Santa: A Kinder, Gentler Kringle For Kids With Special Needs

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I’m not usually one to name-drop but my brother Pat Meehan is Santa Claus. A real, professional Santa. Sitting in his home office fresh from work, he’s wearing black suspenders and a red T-shirt. There at least six other Santa outfits in his closet including beach Santa. His thick, white beard (yes, a real one)… Read More