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National News

10 Years of Progress: What We’ve Learned About Autism
Autism Speaks – This year marks 10 years of progress since Autism Speaks first opened its doors in 2005. As we move into our 11th, here’s what we know now, thanks to your support:

Autism Insurance Bill Passes House Committee in Mississippi! 
The Clarion-Ledger – Backed by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, Gov. Phil Bryant, and more than two dozen lawmakers, House Bill 885 would require any health insurer doing business in Mississippi to cover the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism from birth to 21 years old.

Boeing Agrees to Expand Medical Coverage for Autism Treatment
Puget Sound Business Journal – Boeing has agreed to expand its medical insurance to cover a specific class of autism treatment and neural development therapy, after previously resisting the step.

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Research

Study Shows Improvements By age 6 for Kids with Autism
DisabilityScoop – New research suggests that young children with autism experience dramatically different trajectories, with some seeing improvement in their symptoms by age 6.

Study Finds Most Siblings with Autism Have Different Risk Genes
Medical News Today – Popular notion holds that siblings who inherit autism possess the same risk genes for the disorder as their parents and each other. But a surprising new study – deemed the largest ever autism genome study to date – finds this may not be the case.

New Study Sheds Light on Genetic Mutations in Autism Disorders
Health Canal – Recent research has linked autism with a lack of “pruning” in developing brain connections, but a new study by researchers at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine suggests instead it is the excessive growth of new connections that causes sensory overload in people with the disorder.

Imaging Study Finds Unique Brain Patterns Among Autistic
PsychCentral – New research by scientists at the Weizmann Institute and Carnegie Mellon University suggests that the various reports of both over- and under-connectivity may, in fact, reflect a deeper principle of brain function.

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Technology

SLPs & OTs Give Their Top Picks – 75 Apps for Autism Speech
A Day in Our Shoes – This list was created by SLPs and OTs. The links will take you to the latest version of the app so you should be able to find it no matter what device you have.

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Education

Efforts Underway To Fully Fund IDEA
DisabilityScoop – Lawmakers in Congress are renewing efforts to ensure that the federal government lives up to its promise to fully fund special education.  A bill introduced Tuesday in the U.S. House of Representatives calls for Uncle Sam to increase funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act incrementally.

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Teens & Adults

Super Bowl Gives Holly Robinson Forum to Celebrate Local Athlete with Autism
AZCentral.com – On Friday, Jan. 30, the couple are hosting Super Kid Honors at Joe’s Crab Shack in Tempe. The event will honor Vincent Stover, a local high school football player who is autistic.

Mostly autistic cast brings new movie to life
USA Today – Hollywood is paying close attention to a new movie being filmed called ‘Circles.’ In the film, the main character Ollie has autism. In real life, so does the actor who plays Ollie, 16-year-old Sam Seidel.

Disability-Focused Proms Expected To Draw 7,000 
DisabilityScoop – Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is organizing 45 proms around the world on one night just for people with special needs.

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CDC Stepping Up Autism Monitoring Efforts
DisabilityScoop – As federal officials launch a new round of autism surveillance, they’re looking at more than prevalence alone, with plans to track diagnostic changes, younger kids and other disabilities.

ABLE Act is Law in 2015! What You Need To Know
Autism Votes– The ABLE Act will make a profound difference for the autism community.  Here’s what we’d like you to know about the new law.

10 Talented Individuals with Autism Who Inspired in 2014
Autism Speaks – In 2014, we were blown away by the amazing achievements from members of our community! This list is based on popular content published our web site this year.

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Research

Mounting Research Shows Gut-Brain Connection
PsychCentral – Over the past decade, numerous studies have linked the gut microbiome to a range of behaviors and body functions, such as appetite, cravings, mood, and emotion. The gut appears to help maintain brain function and has been increasingly proven to influence the risk of psychiatric and neurological disorders, including anxiety, depression, and autism.

Majority Of Autism Increase Due To Diagnostic Changes, Finds New Study
Forbes – Almost two thirds of the increase in autistic Danish children results from how autism is diagnosed and tracked, found a new study in JAMA Pediatrics.

Brief Observations Miss Autism Symptoms in Young Children
MedicalXPress – As the rate of children with autism in the U.S. continues to grow, a new study published today in top-ranked journal Pediatrics shows that medical professionals can’t rely solely on their clinical judgment to detect autism risk.

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Technology

Students Design Calming Chairs For Those On The Spectrum
DisabilityScoop – For years, the Overland Park, Kan. father had searched for a way to help his son find relief from the stress and anxiety often experienced by children with autism. Like many of those children, Joshua could be soothed through deep touch pressure — the kind of feeling one might get by being tightly hugged or squeezed.

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Education

Family Income, Child Behavior Factors in Legal Disputes About Kids with Autism
HealthCanal – Families whose children with autism spectrum disorders spend less than 20 percent of their time in mainstream classrooms are nearly twice as likely to resort to litigation, such as filing for due process hearings or mediation, when they disagree with school officials about their children’s education.

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Teens & Adults

This Art Studio Nurtures Talent in People on the Autism Spectrum
Smithsonian – New York City’s Pure Visions Arts provides an art and exhibition space for around 40 creative people with autism. People with autism often struggle to find accommodation in society. To better support that community, in 2002, the non-profit Shield Institute founded Pure Vision Arts.

How Music Gave My Grandson A Place in the World
Autism Speaks – John Hanson, my grandson, aka Subterr Anean, is a 15-year-old electronic music producer/performer.  He was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome when he was five-years-old. But when John takes the stage, he is in complete control.

Quiznos Opens New Location Staffed by Students from Texas Tech’s Burkhart Center for Autism Research and Education
KFYO News – A new Quiznos Sub Sandwich Restaurant will open inside of the Burkhart Center for Autism Research and Education at Texas Tech next week. According to a press release from the center, the restaurant will be managed by Tech’s Hospitality Services, but will be staffed almost entirely by Burkhart Center students.