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National News

Neighbors Sue To Declare Boy With Autism A Public Nuisance
DisabilityScoop – When neighbors complained about Vidyut Gopal and Parul Agrawal’s young son with autism pulling children’s hair, biting a woman and other menacing behavior, the couple said they did what they could to make it stop.

Autism and the Presidential Campaign
The Hill – During the recent GOP debate, Donald Trump suggested that kids are developing autism because they are getting too many shots too soon.

Five Things We’ve Learned as Autism Self-Advocates
Autism Speaks – This guest post is by Paul Silver and Dallas Manning, two young adults who have autism. This post is part of an initiative on our site called “In Our Own Words: Living on the Spectrum,” which highlights the experiences of individuals with autism from their perspectives.

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Research

‘Brains in a Dish’ Guide Autism Sleuths Seeking First Medicines
Chicago Tribune – GENEVA-Scientists have found a way to peer into the brains of people with autism: Grow them in a dish.

When They Move, People with Autism Discount What They See
Spectrum – When Susan Morris watched her son who has autism learn to ride a bike, she noticed something peculiar: He was fine when pedaling slowly, but when he started to speed up, the view of his surroundings rushing past him seemed to overwhelm and disorient him.

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Technology

Smartphones, Apps Prove Liberating For Those With Special Needs
DisabilityScoop – Ruben Morales, a 59-year-old retired engineer who is blind and lives in Silicon Valley, has used a specialized screen-reading program for years to write and run spreadsheets on his desktop computer.

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Education

11 Books Featuring Characters On The Autism Spectrum
Bustle – To celebrate growing neurodiversity in fiction, I’ve gathered 11 books not only featuring important characters with an official diagnosis on the autism spectrum, but also featured in plots that aren’t about their diagnosis.

Harford School Chief Defends Response to Abuse Allegations in Hickory Elementary’s Autism Program
The Baltimore Sun – Harford County School Superintendent Barbara Canavan sharply defended her and her staff’s response to complaints of alleged abuse of students with autism at Hickory Elementary School by teachers and support staff during the 2014-15 school year.

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Teens & Adults

States Work To Help People With Disabilities Find Work
DisabilityScoop – Michael Bethke, 19, works part time at a grocery store in Clark, S.D. He started out as an intern through the state’s Project Skills program for high school students with disabilities.

Teen with Autism to Meet the Pope
ABC News – Pope Francis’s historic visit 0 America is touching so many lives from high school students who travelled across the country to a very special 13-year-old named Jake with an uplifting message.

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National News

Autism Makes Stage At Republican Presidential Debate
DisabilityScoop – Donald Trump used his platform at this week’s Republican presidential debate to double down on his controversial claims about autism.

Bill Would Increase Access To Special Needs Trusts
DisabilityScoop – Legislation approved by the U.S. Senate this week may soon make it easier for people with disabilities to save money.

Why There’s Disagreement Over Screening Every Child for Autism
The New York Times  – Few would dispute that children who are exhibiting signs or symptoms of autistic spectrum disorder should be referred and tested. It is when we talk about screening every child for autism that the debate becomes heated.

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Research

How Age Differences Between Siblings Can Affect Autism Risk
Time – In the latest study from scientists at a Kaiser Permanente group in California, researchers report in the journal Pediatrics that the time between the birth of one child and the conception of the next may affect the second child’s risk of developing autism.

GFCF Diets Found to be Ineffective for Children with Autism
University of Rochester – Gluten-free, casein-free diets have become popular complementary treatments for children with autism spectrum disorder, but a rigorous study at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) found that eliminating these foods had no effect on a child’s behavior, sleep, or bowel patterns.

Pooling Autism Brain Imaging Data Can Distort Results
SpectrumNews – Combining data from different brain scanners can lead to false findings if variation between the machines is not taken into account, suggests a new study. The work helps explain why results detailing the neuroanatomy of autism often contradict one another or are not replicated.

New Study Highlights Differences in Girls and Boys With Autism
PsychCentral – A new study from researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine has found that girls with autism display less repetitive and restricted behavior than boys.

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Education

Obama Administration Makes Push For Preschool Inclusion
DisabilityScoop – Federal officials say that all children with disabilities should be able to attend preschool alongside their typically-developing peers.

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Teens & Adults

Couple Prepares to Say ‘I Do’ in First-Ever ‘All-Autism’ Wedding
Yahoo News – Finding the person you want to spend the rest of your life with is no easy feat for anyone looking for love. But saying “I do” can prove even more difficult for people on the autism spectrum.

Adult, Autistic, and Ignored
The New York Times – TWO months before she died of pancreatic cancer in November 2010, my normally strong, stoical mother broke down weeping in my arms over the fate of my autistic older brother.