Matt Bourne spent his spring break knocking over furniture. One day, he broke a dresser in his sister's room and pulled down a flat-screen television. He punched himself in the face, hit his older sister, and hit his mom. The family dealt with it as they normally did, taking turns cornering the 10- ... More >>
I spotted Jay Heiler from across a crowded Pei Wei on a hot summer night in 2013. It had been years since I'd seen him last, but Heiler hadn't changed a bit, a head or two taller than the other patrons, a boyish wave in his carefully combed blond hair. I didn't catch his eye, but I knew he'd come o ... More >>
The Arizona Supreme Court won't hear an appeal of a ruling that upholds the state's "empowerment scholarship accounts."The Arizona Supreme Court has struck down voucher-program laws in the past, and although these accounts are similar to vouchers, they're not quite the same.
Today from 2 to 6 p.m., participating The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations will be hosting a Holiday Open House. The California-based chain is launching its holiday menu of specialty drinks this week. Joining the ever-popular fall pumpkin latte are a gingerbread cookie latte and Ice Blended® drink, ... More >>
Earlier this month, the director of the state's public health care system upheld a decison denying services to Rocky Cruz, a severely developmentally disabled child. Her parents say they're pursuing legal options through the Arizona Center for Disability Law. Rocky, the 5-year-old daughter of Mann ... More >>
Diana MartinezIf there's one thing better than eating, it's eating for a good cause. Til 2 a.m., Carly's Bistro is donating fifty percent of all food and beverage sales made from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on April 15 to Autism Speaks, in recognition of National Autism Awareness Month ... More >>
MCSOSixto Cruz-Jimenez allegedly "poked" the anus of a 17-year-old girl with Down Syndrome.A Phoenix man living in the U.S. on a work visa was arrested Saturday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl in her own backyard, which is an awful thing to do in its own right. Add to the equ ... More >>
HOA lawyer Augustus Shaw tells New Times today that he's "strongly considering" dropping his run for the State House following an official complaint that he doesn't live in the right Legislative district. Shaw, a Republican, wants to represent District 17 in Tempe, but the complaint alleges ... More >>
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a much-anticipated nationa- autism-prevalence report today, and it says the number cases of autism among children in Arizona's Hispanic community has increased by 144 percent of the previous national average.The study, conducte ... More >>
NYPD Pizza, with 10 Valley locations, is donating 20 percent of its profits today to the Down Syndrome Network of Arizona, an agency that serves to educate, support and adovcate for those with Down Syndrome. To participate, simply print out this flyer and bring it into an ... More >>
We remember Glendale cop Matt Brown as one of the better public information officers. Brown always was straight-forward and responsive, and had a sense of humor. Even when was in a hurry, all you had to do was mention Ohio State football and he'd suddenly find all the time in th ... More >>
Sophie Fisher is autistic. Her mother isn't so sure she wants you to know
Letters from the week of December 9, 2004
A New Times writer tells one family's unique story about life with Down Syndrome, and then shares her own
Mentally challenged Mifune makes for slow going
Nobody can say why Loi Nguyen fell through the cracks. All they can say is they're sorry.
Hollywood's ubereccentric rewrites the book on weird
Governor Symington has spoken of helping needy kids and improving the welfare system. His welfare agency, the Department of Economic Security, is famous for astonishing incompetence and children who die.