February Digest 2 of 2

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National News

Training Aims to Tackle Autism Knowledge Gap Among Doctors
DisabilityScoop – A new effort is in the works to help train doctors and other health care providers to better serve individuals on the spectrum.

Philly Police Officer Donates iPads to Students With Autism
NBC – Officer Sammy Sanchez raised over $8,000 to donate iPads to six Philadelphia schools that work with kids with autism.

Autism Speaks Co-Founders Talk 10 Years of Progress on GMA
Autism Speaks – Autism Speaks co-founders Bob and Suzanne Wright are making headlines this week as the organization they founded in 2005 celebrates 10 years of progress.

Paul Rudd, John Oliver, Louis C.K. Go All Out for ‘Night of Too Many Stars’ Fundraiser
Variety – It takes a commitment to pull off a star-packed comedy benefit show that has raised $18 million and counting for autism-related education and support programs since 2003.

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Research

Gene Networks Offer Entry Point to Unraveling Autism
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – Moving beyond compiling long lists of genes that may be involved in autism, researchers are constructing networks.

Study Downgrades Autism Gene’s Effects to Rare Glitches
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – Eight years ago, researchers found inherited mutations in a gene called CNTNAP2 in a group of Amish children with autism and epilepsy. Now, a new analysis published 26 January inPLoS Genetics significantly brings down the gene’s importance in autism.

Web of Autism Genes Untangles Slowly
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – Last fall, two massive sequencing studies spit out 50 genes that they linked to autism as definitively as is possible for the field right now.

Growth Hormone Improves Social Impairments From Autism-Linked Disorder
PsychCentral – New research has found that a growth hormone can significantly improve the social impairment associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in patients with a related genetic syndrome.

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Technology

Technology and Autism
All Autism Talk – We talk with Christopher J. Smith of Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) about emerging technology and research to support individuals with autism.

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Education

California Task Force Urges Reform of Special Education Funding

EdSource – Federal and state funding rates for special education would be equalized across California and new special education teachers would be authorized to teach general education if draft recommendations from a task force presented on Wednesday are implemented.

Senator Wants Cameras in Special Education Classrooms
ABC – State Sen. Eddie Lucio (D-Brownsville) has proposed legislation to install cameras in every enclosed classroom where special education students learn.

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Teens & Adults

10 Tips for Taking My Son with Autism Out to Eat
Autism Speaks – YES, you can take them out. No, stop right there with your thinking, “Oh, her kiddo is probably higher functioning than mine.” It is completely possible. Let’s face it. Babysitters are mythical creatures for autism parents.

Autism Education Brings Community Together
KSL.com — Brandon is a typical 19-year-old in many ways. He’s 6-foot-2. He wants to be independent. And he loves movies. “But on the other hand, he doesn’t understand safety issues,” Lisa Wade, Brandon’s mother, said.