May Digest, 1 of 2

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National News

Family Kicked Off Flight After Daughter With Autism Deemed ‘Disruptive’
NBC News – An Oregon mom has filed a complaint against United Airlines after it removed her and family from a flight because it said her 15-year-old daughter, who has autism, had become “disruptive.”

In Third Attempt, N.C. Senate Passes Autism Coverage Bill
Kaiser Health News – A bill to cover autism treatment has been passed twice by the North Carolina House of Representatives, only to die in the Senate. This week a third bill made it through.

Psychiatrists Unveil Plain English Guide To DSM
DisabilityScoop – The American Psychiatric Association is releasing a first-of-its-kind book to decode in plain English the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — a guide for mental health providers that is also used to determine insurance coverage.

A Mother’s Day Card to Special Needs Moms
Blog – This Mother’s Day we are not offering any strategies, there will be no advice or checklists. On this day, we honor the best possible expert on what your child needs…YOU.

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Research

Brain & Behavioral Differences Found Between Autistic Girls & Boys
PsychCentral – New research has found differences in the biology of the brains, as well as their behavior, of preschool boys and girls diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

What should define autism: deficits or abilities?
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – Take the case of two boys with autism. One boy, let’s call him John, can speak, announcing when he’s hungry or wants to play video games. But his brother, whom we’ll call Charles, is better at communicating even though he doesn’t talk.

Researchers Organize to Decipher Possible Role of Gut Bacteria in Autism
MedicalXpress – Autism: for a condition that continues to confound researchers and physicians alike, Dr. Richard E. Frye, Director of Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) autism research program, believes that research into the role of the microbiome could hold a key to new treatments and understanding of autism.

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Technology

Art and Technology Battle Autism Through MSSNG Project
Fox News – On May 6, the typical stylish New York City gallery crowd mingled and gawked at art lining the walls of the Betaworks studio gallery in the city’s Meatpacking District for The MSSNG Lab, an invitation and one-night-only art installation and auction. What separated this from similar art events in the city?

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Education

4 Tools and Resources to Help Autistic Students Navigate K-12
Education Dive – A bevy of robots, apps, and more aim to assist students on the spectrum.

Ask the Experts: 5 Structured Social Coaching Tips for Parents
Autism Society – Social coaching can be a powerful tool to help children and adolescents understand the social challenges they are faced with and how to gain mastery over them.

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Teens & Adults

Companies See Upside of Hiring People with Autism
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – As the prevalence of autism grows, several companies are launching employment programs for people on the spectrum.

For Adults with Autism, Few Good Choices for Treatments
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – Only one type of intervention improves the quality of life of adults on the spectrum and helps them establish social relationships.

A New Business Model For Autism
Forbes – While much attention is paid to rising autism rates in children, the number of adults on the autism spectrum is increasing quickly and the nation is not prepared for the special challenges that come with this segment of the population.

April Digest, 2 of 2

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National News

New Rules Expected For Medicaid Managed Care
DisabilityScoop – Lynda Douglas thought she had a deal with Tennessee. She would adopt and love a tiny, unwanted, girl with profound disabilities named Charla. The private insurance companies that run Tennessee’s Medicaid program would cover Charla’s health care.

Study Shows Many Doctors Stalled Autism Diagnoses
Child Mind Institute – New analysis of a national 2011 survey showing that many healthcare providers were mistakenly dismissing parents’ early concerns that their children might be on the autism spectrum comes as no surprise to moms and dads of kids who went on to receive an ASD diagnosis.

Georgia Law Now Guarantees Autism Coverage for Children
AJC.com – Georgia Republicans who have long rejected the mandates in President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul managed to find one insurance requirement they could get behind.

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Research

Brain Connections Give Clues to Sensory Problems in Autism
Simon Foundation Autism Research Initiative – Signals that relay sensations from nerves into the brain are abnormally strong in people with autism.

Parent Training Can Improve Behavior in Young Children with Autism
PsychCentral – Teaching parents specific tactics to deal with serious behavior problems appears to be the best way to reduce behavioral issues in young children with autism spectrum disorder.

Moms of Autistic Kids May Ease Stress by Journaling
PsychCentral – Journal writing may be an effective way for moms of autistic children to lower their stress levels and improve their relationship with their child, according to a new paper published in the Journal for Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Study Rules Out Link Between Autism and MMR Vaccine Even in At-Risk Kids
LA Times –  At least a dozen major studies have found that early childhood vaccines do not cause autism. But one possibility remained: that immunizations could cause autism in a small group of children who were already primed to develop the disorder.

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Technology

Autism Researchers Eager to Use Apple’s ResearchKit
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – Autism researchers often agree to disagree, but there are two facts few will argue with: Researchers struggle to enroll participants in clinical trials in sufficient numbers, and most measures of autism-related behaviors are subjective.

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Education

Restraint And Seclusion Mandate Advances In Senate
DisabilityScoop -A plan to rewrite the nation’s primary education law is set to go before the U.S. Senate and it now includes a provision related to restraint and seclusion in schools.

Kids Losing autism Diagnosis May Still Need Educational Support
Medical News Today – A study examining children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder whose social and cognitive symptoms had resolved 4 years later has found that most continued to have emotional and behavioral symptoms that required special educational support.

IDEA Applies To ‘Twice Exceptional’ Students Too
DisabilityScoop – Students with disabilities are entitled to special education services, even if they are cognitively gifted, federal officials say.

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Teens & Adults

Teens With Autism Stretch, Grow And Laugh In Improv Classes At Second City
Huffington Post – For the past two years, the iconic Chicago-based comedy theater/school has offered an improv comedy program aimed at teens with autism spectrum disorder.