October Digest

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National News

Autism Speaks No Longer Seeking Cure
DisabilityScoop – For the first time, the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization has revamped its agenda and one notable objective is no more.

Geographic Analysis Reveals Disparities in Autism Detection
Spectrum – School and medical records for children with autism in largely Hispanic neighborhoods often do not reflect the children’s condition. The same is true in places where few residents have college degrees.

Proposed Changes To ABLE Act Draw Opposition
DisabilityScoop – In an unusual move, dozens of disability advocacy groups say they’re ready to line up against efforts in Congress to expand the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act over concerns that the changes don’t go far enough.

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Research

Autism Risk May Originate in Stretches of Uniquely Human DNA
Spectrum – Mutations in stretches of the genome that are specific to humans may play a role in autism, according to a study published 6 October in Cell.

People with Autism Make More Logical Decisions
Scientific American – Decisions are based on the way choices are framed. This is because people use emotion when making decisions, leading to some options feeling more desirable than others.

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Education

Graduation Rate Climbs For Students With Disabilities
DisabilityScoop – Students with disabilities are seeing gains as the nation’s high school graduation rate hits an all-time high, federal officials say.

Technology

Oregon Startup Wants to Build a Bridge to Tech Work for Autistic Young Adults
Portland Business Journal – Fidgetech quietly launched over the summer as a way to help autistic young adults transition from high school to potentially a career in technology.

How Tech Means Jobs Ahead for Kids with Cognitive Disabilities
CNET- As a special education teacher at a public high school in Philadelphia, Michele McKeone prepared students with autism for life after graduation. But she quickly discovered a glaring hole in the curriculum: a complete lack of digital literacy.

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Teens & Adults

Netflix Series To Focus On Teen With ASD
DisabilityScoop – A coming-of-age story about a teenager on the autism spectrum and his family is coming to Netflix.

Sharp Drop Seen In Disability Unemployment Rate
DisabilityScoop – New figures from the U.S. Department of Labor show a steep decline in the unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities.

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