September Digest

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National News

Mikey Brannigan Becomes First American Runner with Autism to Win Paralympic 1500 Meter Gold
NBC News – Two years ago, NBC’s Kate Snow introduced the world to 19-year-old Mikey Brannigan, one of the world’s elite runners. Today, he made history.

Over $24 Million Tagged For Disability Employment
DisabilityScoop – The U.S. Department of Labor is sending millions of dollars to states and organizations, all earmarked to improve the employment odds facing people with disabilities.

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Research

Proteins That Spark Learning May Play Key Part in Autism
Spectrum – A core team of proteins involved in learning may play an important role in autism, according to a new study.

Words Say Little About Cognitive Abilities in Autism
Spectrum – Nearly half of children with autism who speak few or no words have cognitive skills that far exceed their verbal abilities, according to the largest study of so-called ‘minimally verbal’ children with autism to date.

Mice Missing Top Autism Gene Make Their Debut
Spectrum – Edging out at least five other teams, a Japanese group last week became the first to publish findings on mice lacking CHD8, the leading candidate gene for autism risk.

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Education

UN Panel Calls For Inclusive Education
DisabilityScoop – Being educated in an inclusive environment is a basic right for students with disabilities, according to a new set of guidelines from the United Nations.

Technology

Microsoft Wants Autistic Coders. Can It Find Them And Keep Them?
FastCompany – Job interviews can be especially hard if you’re autistic. A Microsoft effort aimed at a wider spectrum of the workforce wants to solve that.

Novel Software Spots Scores of New Autism Candidates
Spectrum – Scientists have trained an algorithm to recognize the characteristics of autism genes. The program has pegged more than 2,000 new genes to the condition.

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Teens & Adults

They Told My Parents I Wouldn’t Talk, I Proved Them Wrong
Autism Speaks – Last year – I wrote a blog about growing up with autism and graduating from college in spite of what doctors told my parents. It was called They Told my Parents I Wouldn’t Talk; Now I’m Graduating from College.

Christopher Duffley, a Blind Teen With Autism, Inspires Others With His Voice
ABC News- “Music to me is for one thing: it brings joy to people. Singing is a gift that I share. Because I’m blind, I see people with my heart for who they truly are instead of what they look like on the outside,” the 15-year-old told ABC News.

HS Football Player with Autism Has a Moment He’ll Never Forget
MSN – West Side High School’s Justin Davis said after the game, “It was like the NFL. I felt famous.” We couldn’t be happier for the young man.

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National News

World Class Runner With Autism Prepares for Paralympic Debut
MSN – He’s one of the fastest in the world running the mile in just a few short seconds, and he just so happens to have Autism.

Waiting List Placements May Violate ADA
DisabilityScoop – Being on a waiting list for community-based services may be evidence enough that an individual with developmental disabilities is at risk for institutionalization in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Banned Chemicals May Increase Autism Odds
DisabilityScoop – Chemicals banned decades ago still appear to be lingering with a new study finding a significantly higher risk for autism among children exposed to certain compounds during pregnancy.

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Research

Memory hub could underlie social, cognitive quirks of autism
Spectrum – For most of us, telling a tale from our childhood is a simple, often spontaneous act. For people with autism, however, relating life experiences — whether from years ago or yesterday — can be a tall order.

Dog Ownership May Ease Stress In Autism Families
DisabilityScoop – Having a pet dog around the house may markedly lower stress and offer other benefits for families of children on the spectrum, researchers say.

Girls with autism show anomalies in ‘daydreaming network’
Spectrum – Brain areas that spring to life when a person is at rest are less coordinated in girls with autism than in typical girls1. This asynchrony may be associated with problems recognizing emotions.

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Education

Feds Move To End Segregated Schools For Kids With Disabilities
DisabilityScoop – For at least six months, state and federal officials swapped proposals and counterproposals on what to do about Georgia’s unique system of so-called psychoeducational schools.

Technology

iPad Game May Help to Diagnose Autism
PsychCentral – A new UK study suggests autism could be diagnosed by allowing children to play games on smart phones and tablets.

When Regulating Tech Doesn’t Cause Uproar: Kevin And Avonte’s Law
Huffington Post – Kevin and Avonte’s Law, a piece of legislation recently passed by the Senate, is not strictly speaking a bill about regulating technology; it’s an effort to safeguard children with autism from the dangers of wandering.

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Teens & Adults

14-year-old autistic boy breaks off a national anthem for the ages
For the Win – Christopher Duffley is a 14-year-old from Manchester, New Hampshire, who knows how to work a crowd of thousands and sing an amazing rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner.

A Florida State football player made sure a boy with autism didn’t eat lunch alone
The Washington Post – While visiting Montford Middle School in Tallahassee on Tuesday with several of his Florida State football teammates, Seminoles wide receiver Travis Rudolph noticed a boy eating lunch by himself.

Special-Needs Couple Finds Love And Independence Together
Little Things – “She’s beautiful, she’s smart, [and] she always lights up the room,” gushes Peter Maxmean. He’s every bit the blushing groom, waxing poetic about his to-be wife, Lori Sousa, before their wedding day.

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