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Boy with Autism Found Safe in California

Over the weekend, a young boy with autism went missing in Fairfield, CA. Jesse O’Hara, 9, was last seen in the early afternoon on January 11. After an active search by law enforcement personnel, Jesse was located in a local park. Read more at KCRA News....

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Dubai Autism Walk Aims to Raise Funds, Awareness

Next month in Dubai, approximately 1,000 people will walk to promote the 7th annual autism walk in the region. The “A Walk for a Walk” event is held in anticipation of the “Emirates Walk for Autism”, which first took place after a 2009 initiative to fund research and educate the...

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CDC Updates Autism Monitoring Efforts

CDC officials at 10 sites across the U.S. are looking to learn more from numbers collected in 2014 to update autism rates in their communities. Researchers hope to determine the effects of the DSM-V diagnostic criteria established in 2013. They also look to determine how communities have responded to the...

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Students Design Chair to Calm Children with Autism

At the Center for Advanced Professional Studies out of the Blue Valley District in Kansas, a group of engineering students designed and created therapy chairs to calm children with autism. The project began after the students were approached by autism father, Stuart Jackson, who could not find a therapeutic chair...

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New Law Issues ID Cards to Help Interactions with First Responders

Under a new law, Alabama residents with autism may be issued an identification card to help facilitate interactions with first responders. The card, available upon request, has been declared a victory by both autism advocates and law enforcement personnel. Learn more at WHNT News....

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Pets May Help Children with Autism Improve Social Skills

New research out of the University of Missouri found that pets, especially dogs, may be beneficial for children with autism.  Pets can act as a “social lubricant”, by promoting assertiveness and confidence in children’s social interactions. Although the researchers found that the strongest attachments existed between a child and a...

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People with Autism Find Independence at Unique Facility in Japan

In Japan, employment is hard to come by for people with autism due to a lack of understanding about ASD. Often times, it is a challenge to attain independence once individuals age out of school and into adulthood. A facility in Saitama Prefecture, located just outside of Tokyo, seeks to...

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Family, Community Mourns Boy with Autism Found in S.C.

Over the holiday weekend, a family tragically lost their son after he wandered away from their home in South Carolina. Jayden Morrison, a 4 year old boy with autism, was found in a pond two days after he was reported missing. Police, first responders, and hundreds of volunteers banded together...

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Samsung Releases App to Help Children with Autism

This week, Samsung announced a new app designed to help children with autism. The app, named “Look At Me”, seeks to improve children’s ability to make eye contact, read facial expressions, and express emotions. The app is currently under beta testing, but those interested in testing the app’s effectiveness can...

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ABLE Act Signed into Law

On Friday, President Obama signed the Achieving A Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act into law. The law allows families and individuals with disabilities to open tax-free savings accounts for expenses including education, housing, and transportation. These accounts will not jeopardize other federal benefits. This piece of legislation opens doors for...

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Grant helps people with autism learn to swim

A recent grant by the autism advocacy group, Autism Speaks, is helping kids with autism in Fort Myers Beach, Florida learn how to swim. The grant which awarded $23,000 to the Florida Helps Foundation is part of an effort by Autism Speaks to decrease the number of deaths among children...

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Conventional police interview techniques are not effective for people with autism

A recent study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council has found that law enforcement professionals find interviewing suspects and witnesses diagnosed with autism significantly more difficult than interviewing those not diagnosed with autism. The study’s authors found that conventional interview techniques which initially focus on more open questions...

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