Latest News | Organization for Autism Research - Part 98

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Autism rates vary depending on mother’s ethnicity and nation of origin

UCLA researchers investigated how race, ethnicity, and country of origin of mothers affect autism prevalence. The researchers uncovered interesting statistics that they hope will lead to further research on the issue. They discovered that there were increased rates of autism in children of, “foreign-born mothers who were black, Central/South American,...

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UC Davis study links autism to pesticides

A recent study published by the University of California Davis has identified a potential link between pesticide application and autism. Researchers found, “mothers exposed to organophosphates had a two-thirds increased risk of having a child with autism.” This study is one of many in recent years that focus on environmental...

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Program teaches special needs students key job skills

The transition from school to the work-world is a stressful one for many, but especially stressful for those on the spectrum. One program in Virginia is working to mitigate that stress, while students are still in school they are paired with internships where they can develop essential work skills and...

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Tricare to combine autism programs

The active-duty, retired, and reserved military insurance plan Tricare has announced that they are combining their autism therapy programs into one. The new program, the Autism Care Demonstration Project will take effect July 25th, 2014. This project will rely heavily on ABA treatment and therapy interventions, Tricare has stated that...

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Study Points To Possibility Of Reversing Autism Symptoms In Mice

Researchers from the University of California have reported that an age-old drug might have the possibility to reverse symptoms of Autism. Their findings are preliminary, the research has only been conducted on mice thus far, “obviously correcting abnormalities in a mouse is a long way from a cure in humans,...

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Teens with Asperger’s learn skills at college-prep camp

A college campus in Minnesota has created a week-long college preparatory program for students with Asperger’s. The objective of Camp Campus is to offer high school students on the spectrum a chance to experience and prepare for life as a college student. They work on important skills such as choosing...

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Coffee shop aims to aid adults with autism

The owner of a local coffee shop in Raleigh, N.C. is expanding his business into the at-home brewing market.  To assist with this expansion, he is hiring three full-time adult employees on the spectrum to create his own version of the K-cup, called the Care Cup. “I always wanted to...

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Support Group Sessions to Assist Siblings of Children With Special Needs

While there are many resources out there to help autism parents address everyday challenges, siblings are often overlooked. Two organizations in California – Working With Autism, Inc. and We Rock the Spectrum – have started a support group specifically for siblings of children with special needs. “There has been a...

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Congress to ‘Combat’ Autism No More

Key lawmakers announced this week that they would remove the word “combating” from federal legislation regarding autism. This change is widely supported by self-advocates: “Autistic people and a growing number of our families do not see ourselves as something to be combated,” said Ari Ne’eman, President of the Autistic Self-Advocacy...

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Skills like walking, talking don’t come easily for minority kids with autism

New research findings indicate that minority children with autism are more likely to suffer from developmental regression (when children reach milestones, then later lose the skills) than their white peers. 27 percent of parents reported regression, but percentages were higher for African-American and Hispanic families.  While it’s not clear why...

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Project SEARCH helps young adults with autism find jobs

With high school graduation season just around the corner, some Richmond (Va.) students with autism are feeling more prepared than others to enter the job market. A program called Project SEARCH provides internship for high school seniors with the goal of employment after high school graduation.  Research shows that this...

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