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National News

Democrats, Republicans Urge End To Subminimum Wage
DisabilityScoop – With all eyes on the race for the White House, both political parties are calling for big change to rules on employing people with disabilities.

Wandering Bill Gains Senate Approval
DisabilityScoop – The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved legislation to provide tracking devices and other resources to help kids with autism and developmental disabilities at risk of wandering.

North Miami Police Officers Shoot Man Aiding Patient With Autism
New York Times – A black man said the police in North Miami, Fla., shot him on Monday as he tried to help a patient with autism who had run away from the group home where he works.

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Research

Study Links Immune, Metabolic Theories of Autism
Spectrum – Rare antibodies associated with autism are unusually common among women who developed diabetes while pregnant with a child who has autism.

Epilepsy in Family Members Raises Risk of Autism
Spectrum – About one in three people with autism also have epilepsy. A study of 690,000 people in Sweden quantifies the risk in the opposite direction. People with epilepsy are at eight times the risk of autism as the general population.

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Education

10 Colleges with Programs for ASD Students
Special Needs Resources – Individuals with special needs may require additional assistance in and/or out of the classroom. Here are ten schools that provide programs for students with ASD that may fly under the radar for parents.

For Children With Autism, Multiple Languages May Be a Boon
Spectrum – It’s not just children with autism who miss out when parents speak only English at home — their families, too, may experience frustrating miscommunications.

Technology

NIH Grant Will Advance Autism Technology for Communication, Language Development
Helio – SPEAK MODalities and the Augmentative and Alternative Communication Laboratory at Purdue University recently received a phase 1 research grant from NIH to advance autism technology that targets communication and language development in children with severe, nonverbal autism.

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Teens & Adults

Work in Progress: An Inside Look at Autism’s Job Boom
Spectrum – Splashy corporate initiatives aim to hire people with autism, but finding and keeping work is still a struggle for those on the spectrum. Can virtual avatars and for-profit startups help?

When My Employer Realized I Was on the Autism Spectrum
Autism Speaks – To disclose or not to disclose my autism to an employer has been one of the more challenging questions I’ve faced during my adult years. Today it’s one of the more challenging issues for those with autism facing potential employment opportunities.

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National News

State Insurance Mandates Increase Access to Affordable Autism Care
Autism Speaks – State mandates requiring commercial health plans to cover the cost of services for children with autism have resulted in more children being diagnosed and treated for the disorder.

Theme Park Creates Sensory-Friendly “Calm Down Room”
Inquisitr – Dollywood has become the first theme park to provide a safe place for kids with autism or sensory disorders to go when they need to take a break from sensory overload so they can continue to enjoy the amusement park with the rest of their family.

Despite Federal Directive, Some With Autism Still Denied ABA
DisabilityScoop – Like many parents of children with autism, Braulio De La Cruz sought an expensive therapy called applied behavior analysis — or ABA — when his son Noah Leonardo was diagnosed last year.

Life, Animated Director Q&A: How Disney Saved an Autistic Boy
Entertainment Weekly – The film, in theaters now, follows the life of an autistic young man who found a voice through Disney.

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Research

Research Suggest Multiple Paths to Autism
PsychCentral – A new study challenges the long-held believe that alterations in social brain networks influence the development of autism.

Autism Gene Wires Social Reward Circuits in Mouse Brains
Spectrum – Mutations in SHANK3, a leading autism candidate, cause mice to become solitary creatures rather than socialize with their peers.

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Education

Career and Technical Education Bill Unanimously Passes Committee
Autism Speaks – The House Education and the Workforce Committee has voted unanimously to approve the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, a bill that would reauthorize our nation’s career and technical education (CTE) programs and help students with autism gain skills necessary for employment.

When It Comes To Special Ed, Majority Of States Miss Mark
DisabilityScoop – Federal education officials are calling out more than half of states for failing to meet their obligations under the nation’s special education law.

U.K. Teacher Writes Moving Letter to Student With Autism Who Didn’t Pass Standardized Test
The Mighty – Standardized tests are meant to be challenging, but for students who learn differently these tests can be especially daunting and sometimes unfair.

Technology

5 Ways Technology Can Be Useful for Autistic Learners
eSchoolNews – A tech researcher shares pros and cons for using devices with autistic learners — and draws from her own experience.

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Teens & Adults

The Benefits Of Recruiting Employees With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Forbes – There’s a new frontier in diversity programs focused not on race or gender but on cognitive ability.

Autism Non-Profit Leverages Tech, Start-Up Model
USA Today – A trio of unlikely business partners — pro wrestler Mick Foley, former football great Tiki Barber and physician Julian Maha — settled on stage before a standing-room-only crowd in New Orleans.