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Hospital for Special Care opening state’s first autism inpatient unit

The Hospital for Special Care announced plans to open an eight-bed inpatient unit next month for young people with autism spectrum disorders as well as aggression, self-injury or severely impaired functioning – something hospital officials and advocates say will be an alternative to children being sent to out-of-state facilities, treatment progams that don’t meet their needs, or getting stuck in an emergency room while waiting for services.

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To explain living with autism, stories of kindness and challenges

Lynn Ricci is grateful for the grocery store clerks who answer her 18-year-old son’s many questions. She and others wrote about the kindness they encounter and challenges they face for a website aimed at helping families affected by autism, and at helping others understand what it’s like to have a child with a disability.