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Steve Silberman: The Forgotten History of Autism
TEDTalk – Decades ago, few pediatricians had heard of autism. In 1975, 1 in 5,000 kids was estimated to have it. Today, 1 in 68 is on the autism spectrum. What caused this steep rise?

Under Bill, Medicaid Would Incentivize Community-Based Options
Disability Scoop – A bipartisan group of senators is looking to provide financial incentives to states for helping people with disabilities live and work in the community.

Chicago Takes Action Against “Miracle Treatment” For Children
NBC –The Illinois Attorney General’s office has obtained a signed agreement from a proponent for a controversial autism “cure,” promising not to promote her treatment in Illinois.

Where Federal Health Insurance Fails Autistic Children
Federal Times – When Matt Crockett’s 2-year-old son Mark was diagnosed with autism, the Air Force Reserve technician assumed his government insurance would help cover the cost of the treatment.



Common Glitches in Chromosomes Can Cause Cognitive Problems
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – More than 10 percent of people carry duplications or deletions of DNA that diminish their intellectual capacity, according to a study published 26 May in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The bigger the mutation, the more severe a person’s cognitive deficits.

Diverse Features Found for Autism-Linked Chromosome Changes
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – The first in-depth look at people with alterations in the 1q21.1 chromosomal region reveals a range of features, from problems with fine motor skills to autism, according to a study published 11 June in Genetics in Medicine1.

Leaky Filter Leads to Motion Perception Problem in Autism
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – Children with autism detect certain kinds of motion better than their peers do, but don’t tune out distracting visuals, according to a study published 6 May in the Journal of Neuroscience. The findings may help explain why many of these children experience sensory overload.



Technology Breaks Silence for Autistic Students
2013, a photo, Travis Pilcher, 20, who is severely autistic, holds his iPad at home in Fort Worth, Texas. Pilcher, 20, didn’t talk for most of his life. He was a mystery to his teachers, who couldn’t find a way to help him. Three years ago, Travis was chosen to be the guinea pig in a Fort Worth school district effort to equip nonverbal special education students with iPads.



Feds Put Millions Toward Training Special Educators
DisabilityScoop – With an eye on improving services for students with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Education is funneling millions into programs to train new special educators. 

Claim: Minorities Underrepresented In Special Education
DisabilityScoop – Contrary to widespread concerns that minorities are disproportionately funneled into special education classrooms, a new study suggests that these kids’ special needs often go unnoticed.

Feds Aim To Help College Students With Disabilities
DisabilityScoop – Federal officials are looking to add new resources to support students with disabilities pursuing higher education.


Teens & Adults

Autism Society Announces 2015 Award Winners
Autism Society – “Each year we are honored to recognize individuals and organizations that have demonstrated the highest in compassion and dedication to all impacted by autism,” said Scott Badesch, Autism Society President/CEO. “This year is no different. The 2015 award winners represent the best in volunteerism, philanthropy, advocacy, research and education our community has to offer.”