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Study Offers Clues To How Autism Develops

New research documented in the journal Neuron suggests that children with autism retain more synapses during brain development than their typically developing peers do. Researchers looked at the brains of children with and without autism who had died and found that autistic brains failed to prune extra connections by late...

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Parents Help Win Autism Therapy Coverage for State’s Poorest

State legislators in California passed a bill yesterday mandating that autism therapy such as applied behavioral analysis (ABA) be covered by California’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal. The legislation, set to go into effect at the end of September, eliminates a disparity in California’s existing legislation concerning insurance coverage for autism therapy...

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Technology helps kids with autism communicate

Reading facial expressions and other social cues can be difficult for students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  New apps such as Affectiva, developed by MIT Media Lab, could help students with ASD function more effectively in the classroom by teaching them to recognize certain subtle changes in facial expressions...

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ASU Experts Follow Gut Reaction in Autism Treatment Study

Researchers at Arizona State University will see if transplanting live gut bacteria from healthy individuals to children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will relieve intestinal problems suffered by children with ASD. The new FDA approved treatment study comes on the heels of a scientific paper published last year...

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Adults with autism at higher risk of sexual victimization

A York University (Toronto, Canada) study found that adults with autism experience sexual victimization at a significantly higher rate than their peers without autism (78% as compared to 47.4%). This has many implications for safety planning and teaching self-advocacy to individuals on the spectrum during adolescence and early adulthood. For...

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Obama Signs Autism Act Renewal

After passing both houses of Congress, President Obama signed the Autism CARES (Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support) Act into law on Friday, August 8.  This legislation allocates more than $260 million federal dollars to autism research through 2019.  It also states that an individual from within the U.S. Department...

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More Colleges Expanding Programs For Students On Autism Spectrum

A recent Forbes Magazine article showcases promising news for the autism community. It seems that more and more colleges are offering, implementing, and expanding their programs for students on the autism spectrum. What was once a missed opportunity for many autism students, college, has now become a realistic and attainable...

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Autism CARES bill makes its way through both Houses

The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support or autism CARES for short, has garnered approval from both houses and is now on it’s way to the president’s desk. This bill is seen as an important step in the development of autism research and funding. Autism CARES extends and funds...

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Untapped talent: the business case for an autistic workforce

Software company SAP has been  leading the charge in the fight to include more people with autism in the workforce. A large company, such as SAP is always looking for ways to diversify and expand their network, and their next step has been tapping into the resources that people with...

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