August Digest, 2 of 2


National News

7-Year-Old Boy with Autism Plays Beautiful Taylor Swift Medley
Mashable – Jacob Velazquez, an adorable 7-year-old boy who was diagnosed with autism three years ago, delivered a cute message to Taylor Swift this week before plowing into a powerful piano medley of her songs from the 1989 album.

Trusty Sidekick to Bring UP AND AWAY, Show for Kids with Autism, to Lincoln Center This Fall
Broadway World – As part of its 40th anniversary year, Lincoln Center Education (LCE), a global leader in the field of arts education, announces performance dates for world premiere production of UP AND AWAY.



Brain Hormone Levels Linked to Social Deficits in Autism
SpectrumNews – Children with autism who have low brain levels of vasopressin have trouble understanding other people’s thoughts.

U.S. Revives Failed Autism Study Amid Lingering Skepticism
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is reviving a defunct study that aimed to identify environmental risk factors for autism and other childhood disorders.

Depression Common Among Men with Autism, Study Finds
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – Most men with autism have psychiatric disorders such as depression, finds a study of 50 men diagnosed with the disorder roughly 20 years ago.



How Autistic People Helped Shape the Modern World
Wired – Some people believe we’re in the middle of an autism epidemic. But autism has always been part of the human experience, as journalist (and WIRED contributor) Steve Silberman shows in his new book,NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.



Special Education Training Efforts To Get Millions
DisabilityScoop – As school gets underway in many parts of the country, federal officials are doling out millions of dollars to help parents and teachers better serve students with disabilities.

Dear Teachers of The Little Ones with Special Needs
Autism Speaks – I don’t know your background. I don’t know why you chose this profession. I don’t know where your inner strength comes from or what keeps you going. I don’t know if you will keep doing this or if you will move on to other jobs.


Teens & Adults

Christopher Duffley, Blind Teen with Autism, Sings U.S. Anthem at Fenway Park
CBC Sports – Fourteen-year-old Christopher Duffley, who is blind and autistic, delivered a touching rendition of the U.S. national anthem before the Red Sox hosted the Cleveland Indians.

Training Program for Teens with Autism Gets Cultured
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – Autism isn’t like chicken pox. No symptom or test unequivocally says, “This is autism.” Instead, diagnosing the condition often hinges on confirming difficulties in social function.

‘Miami is Kind,’ Says Macaroon Maker Who Will soon Employ Young Adults with Autism and Other Disabilities
Miami Herald – “The purpose of ‘Miami is kind’ is to dispel popular misconceptions about people with autism by providing them a place to work and to showcase their talents and abilities,”.