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SC First Responders Receive Autism Safety Training

The Autism Society of South Carolina provided trainings for nearly 60 first responders. Led by Sergeant Jimmy Donohoe, who has a 29 year old son on the spectrum, the first responders learned about communication tools to help prevent unfortunate incidents from happening. Read more at WLTX19....

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Companion Animals May Ease Social Anxiety in Children with Autism

A study published online in Developmental Psychobiology found that “companion animals” like dogs, cats, and guinea pigs may help children with autism improve their social skills. When such animals were present, children had lower readings on a device that detects anxiety during social interaction. Read more at NIH....

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In China, Number of Children with ASD is Unknown

There are likely millions of people in China with ASD but researchers are unsure about exactly how many there are. Services available in China are for children up to 6 years old, and no services for adults exist. Parents, organizations, and scientists within the country are raising awareness, resulting in...

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Study Sheds Light on Gender Disparity in the Diagnosis of ASD

For every girl diagnosed with autism, four boys are diagnosed. Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute conducted a study to find out why this disparity exists. Their findings indicate that boys and girls with autism have “underlying neuroanatomical differences”, or differences in their brains. Read more at Time Magazine....

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Denver TSA Agents to Receive Autism Training

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents at Denver International Airport will receive training to improve the screening process for individuals with autism. The Autism Society of Colorado reached out to the TSA in advance of their July conference which will bring thousands of autism families through the airport. Read more at...

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Autism Speaks Elects New Chairman

Bob Wright, longtime chair of Autism Speaks, is stepping aside after 10 years with the organization he founded with his wife, Suzanne. Both will remain on the board as co-founders. Brian Kelly, an original member of the Autism Speaks board, will serve as the new chairman. Read more at Disability...

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Film Sheds Lights on Autism and Romance

“Autism in Love”, a feature filmed that debuted this month at the Tribeca Film Festival, shines a light on love and relationships in the autism community. Director Matt Fuller aimed to show that autism and romance are not at odds with each other, and demonstrate that there is plenty of...

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Parent Training Improves Behavior in Children with Autism

A study out of Emory University, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that children with autism showed improvements in behavior after their parents underwent a training program. The scale of the study is the largest of any behavioral intervention trial conducted on children with...

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Large-Scale Study Shows No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

A study funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services found no indication of harmful association between autism spectrum disorder and the measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine. The study examined 96,000 U.S. children, including those who have a sibling with ASD, which is a group...

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Study Finds Adults with Autism Have Limited Opportunities

A study out of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University found that one in 10 adults with autism are not in school, at work, or receiving trainings or services of any kind. Research on adults with autism is limited to the point that researchers are unclear on the...

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