New Apartment Complex in Phoenix Helps Adults With Autism Live Independently

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Stephen G. Dreiseszun, Viewpoint Photographers

The aspects of apartment life that are annoying to many residents—like thin walls and harsh fluorescent lighting—can be debilitating to people living with autism. First Place—Phoenix, a new apartment complex in Arizona's capital city, is the first housing facility of its kind to take such factors into consideration and build a comfortable living environment specifically for adults with autism, AZ Central reports.

Denise Resnik was inspired to found First Place after looking for a home where her son Matt, who has autism, could live independently as an adult. When she realized the place she was envisioning didn't exist, she decided to bring it into the real world herself.

The four-story, 81,000-square-foot building comprises 55 apartments and cost $15.4 million to open. Some features, like sound barriers that block street traffic, special lighting, and a staff that's on call 24/7, were put in place to cater to the needs and sensitivities of the building's residents. Others, like the Arizona Cardinals-themed game room and a communal kitchen on the first floor, are simply there to make First Place a fun place to live and build a sense of community among residents. In the actual apartments, tenants have access to their own modern kitchens as well as "grab and go" stations where they can charge their phones and deposit their keys in the same spot.

For $4000 a month, residents get their own apartment, utilities, access to the building's staff, and classes at GateWay Community College focused on transitioning them to independent, adult life. People wishing to waive the community college classes can sign up for the same apartment and amenities starting at $3300 a month for a two-bedroom.

First Place is currently home to 32 adults, ranging in age from their early twenties to mid-forties. After monitoring the project in Arizona, Resnik hopes to bring First Place complexes to different cities around the country.

[h/t AZ Central]

Blue Apron’s Memorial Day Sale Will Save You $60 On Your First Three Boxes

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If you’ve gone through all the recipes you had bookmarked on your phone and are now on a first-name basis with the folks at the local pizzeria, it might be time to introduce a new wrinkle into your weekly dinner menu. But instead of buying loads of groceries and cookbooks to make your own meal, you can just subscribe to a service like Blue Apron, which will deliver all the ingredients and instructions you need for a unique dinner.

And if you start your subscription before May 26, you can save $20 on each of your first three weekly boxes from the company. That means that whatever plan you choose—two or four meals a week, vegetarian or the Signature plan—you’ll save $60 in total.

With the company’s Signature plan, you’ll get your choice of meat, fish, and Beyond foods, along with options for diabetes-friendly and Weight Watchers-approved dishes. The vegetarian plan loses the meat, but still allows you to choose from a variety of dishes like General Tso's tofu and black bean flautas.

To get your $60 off, head to the Blue Apron website and click “Redeem Offer” at the top of the page to sign up.

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Do Dogs Get Headaches?

Even without raging benders, dogs might still get headaches.
Even without raging benders, dogs might still get headaches.
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Like babies, dogs can be hard to read in the medical ailment department. Are they listless because they’re tired, or because they’re sick? What’s behind their whining? And can they suffer that most human of debilitating conditions, the headache?

Gizmodo polled several veterinarians and animal behavior specialists to find out, and the answer seems to be a resounding yes.

Although a dog can’t express discomfort in a specific way, particularly if it doesn’t involve limping, animal experts know that canines that have diagnosed brain tumors or encephalitis can also be observed to have a high heart rate, a sign of physical pain. According to Tim Bentley, an associate professor of veterinary neurology and neurosurgery at Purdue Veterinary Medicine, administering painkillers will bring a dog’s heart rate down. If signs of physical distress also decrease, a headache was likely involved.

Unfortunately, not all dogs may offer overt signals they’re feeling some brain pain. According to Adam Boyko, an associate professor of biomedical sciences at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, dogs instinctively try to mask pain to avoid showing weakness.

Ultimately, dogs have many of the same central neural pathways as humans, which can likely go awry in some of the same ways. But the kind of persistent headaches owing to head colds or hangovers are probably rare in dogs. And while it goes without saying, they definitely don't need any of your Advil.

[h/t Gizmodo]