November Digest, 1 of 2

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National News

New Survey Method Finds More Kids With Autism
NBC – A new government survey finds that more than 2 percent of U.S. kids have been diagnosed with autism — or 1 in 45 children aged 3 and older.

Rutgers to Offer Employment and Housing for Adults with Autism
NBC – Former Sirius XM Radio CEO Mel Karmazin, talks about Rutgers University’s program designed to provide housing and care for people with autism spectrum disorder.

Fake Cover Letters Expose Discrimination Against Disabled
The New York Times – Employers appear to discriminate against well-qualified job candidates who have a disability, researchers at Rutgers and Syracuse universities have concluded.

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Research

Study of Half a Million People Reveals Sex and Job Predict How Many Autistic Traits
University of Cambridge – Autistic traits are not the same as having a diagnosis of autism; instead, these are characteristics of personality and behaviour that are found throughout the general population and are linked to what is seen in the clinical condition of autism.

Study: No Downside To Eliminating Asperger’s Label
DisabilityScoop – When Asperger’s syndrome was dropped from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the change prompted concerns about increased stigma, but a new study finds those fears may be unfounded.

Why Don’t We Know What Environmental Factors Cause Autism?
Spectrum – Scientists can rattle off lists of dozens of genes linked to autism, but there’s much less agreement about which elements of the environment contribute to the condition — and by how much.

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Technology

More people with autism are getting training for technology jobs
The Hechinger Report – Since Leogrande was a kid, he’s collected extension cords and traffic signals from the MTA. He likes to take old things and make them work again, like a broken old-fashioned touch-tone phone he recently fixed.

Actress Holly Robinson Peete delivers gift to Center for Autism
PhillyVoice – “Autism’s best friend is technology,” Peete said. “There are kids that are nonverbal that never would have the opportunity to have their voices heard if it wasn’t for tablets.

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Education

Schools Cited For Pushing Out Special Education Students
DisabilityScoop – Four Houston-area school districts failed to meet federal requirements in truancy cases for students with special needs, according to the Texas Education Agency.

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Teens & Adults

Autistic Student Saves His Choking Classmate After Learning the Heimlich from Spongebob Squarepants
People – When autistic student Brandon Williams saw his classmate choking on an apple slice, he immediately sprung into action performing the Heimlich maneuver – a life-saving technique he learned in a surprising place.

Meet Kiley Lyall: The First Runner With Autism to Cover a Major Magazine
Popsugar – The January/February 2016 issue of Women’s Running will feature Kiley Lyall — a 24-year-old half-marathon runner with autism, the first autistic runner to be featured on the cover of a major fitness magazine.