December Digest

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National News

9-year-old’s Heartfelt Video on Life with Autism
ABC News – A 9-year-old boy’s self-narrated video about life with autism has now gone viral on the internet. George Yionoulis, who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, opens up about living with autism and reassures others that “I’m a kid just like you.”

New Global Diagnostic Manual Mirrors U.S. Autism Criteria
Spectrum – Starting next year, clinicians worldwide may be using a new, streamlined set of criteria to diagnose autism. The criteria are part of a highly anticipated update to the “International Classification of Diseases,” a diagnostic manual produced by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Autism Portrayal Nets Golden Globe Nod
DisabilityScoop – Hollywood appears to be embracing the story of a surgeon with autism. Actor Freddie Highmore snagged a Golden Globe nomination this week for best actor in a television drama for his role as Dr. Shaun Murphy on ABC’s “The Good Doctor.”

 


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Research

Problems with Attention, Not Autism, Predispose Children to Injury
Spectrum – Young children with autism are no more likely than those without the condition to sustain injuries that require medical attention, according a study of more than 2,000 children.

New Genetic Models of Autism Point to Cellular Roots of Disease
UCSF – Researchers at UC San Francisco have developed a new genetic model of autism, using neurons created in the lab from patients’ own skin cells. Their experiments suggest that abnormalities in the electrical firing of neurons may lead to behavioral and developmental symptoms in autism, while differences in neuron size and shape result in abnormalities in brain size that often accompany the disorder.

Five Hot Topics in Autism Research in 2017
Spectrum – Researchers made significant headway on multiple fronts, from understanding the effect of exposures during pregnancy on autism risk to reviving radical therapies for conditions related to autism. Other endeavors, such as the search for noncoding variants that play a role in autism, were less fruitful.

 

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Education

Navigating Life On Campus When You’re On The Autism Spectrum
NPR – James Carmody never had any doubt that he would go to college. He loved learning, he worked hard and he was excited to make a positive impact on the world.

Students with Autism Make Music with iPads
CBS News – For years Adam Goldberg, a classical pianist who teaches music at a school in Queens, New York, struggled to break through to his students who have serious learning disabilities, such as autism, until he started using instruments virtually anyone can play: an iPad.

 

Technology

Classroom Robot Helps South Carolina Children with Autism
Fox News – In October, South Carolina teachers at select schools began using the Robots4Autism curriculum and a small robot named Milo to teach students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Up and Coming Autism Entrepreneurs New GPS Prototype Developed in the Name of Lost Child with ASD
Autism Parenting Magazine – Toron Larkins has developed the prototype for a waterproof and discreet tracker that will track anywhere in the country in an effort to keep loved ones safe.

 

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Teens & Adults

Texas Police Officer Helps Make Autistic Teen’s Dream Come True
13WAMZ – A Garland police officer is using his time off as an opportunity to give back this Christmas by granting a teenager his ultimate wish, CBS Dallas/Fort Worth reports.

Report: Housing A ‘Crisis’ For People With Disabilities
Disability Scoop – Housing prices across the country are far outpacing the monthly benefits provided by Supplemental Security Income, according to a new report, forcing many people with disabilities into homelessness or costly institutional care.

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November Digest

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National News

How One Family Finally Came Out of the ‘Autism Closet’
Today – Autism. The word had been in the back of my mind for a while, but I still wasn’t ready to apply it to my daughter.

Congress May Revisit Autism Tracking Devices
DisabilityScoop – Less than a year after fizzling, federal legislation designed to provide tracking devices and other resources to those with developmental disabilities at risk of wandering is back on the table.

Malls with Sensory-Friendly Santas
Autism Speaks – Santa welcomes children of all ages and abilities! Autism Speaks is thrilled to be partnering with Cherry Hill Programs again this holiday season to provide sensory-friendly Santa Experiences for families across the country!

Autism Without Fear: In Carly Fleischmann’s Own Words—What Happened on HBO’s “Night of Too Many Stars”
Huffington Post – In a segment wherein Carly Fleischmann was to interview Stephen Colbert, something went wrong. As Colbert was in mid-response to Fleischmann’s first witticism, fellow spectrumite Fleischmann suddenly left her chair, crouched on the ground, and then began to walk away from the set.

 


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Research

There’s Growing Evidence For A Link Between Gender Dysphoria And Autism Spectrum Disorders
Forbes – Mounting evidence over the last decade points to increased rates of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and autism traits among children and adults with gender dysphoria, or incongruence between a person’s experienced or expressed gender and the gender assigned to them at birth.

In Autism, Food Quirks Show Up in Social Brain Areas
Spectrum – Young adults with autism who have intense sensitivity to taste show increased activation in social areas of the brain when they taste something sweet or look at pictures of food.

Research Hopes to Make Dental Visits Less Stressful for Children with Autism
MedicalXpress – Inspired by her own experience as a mum to a five-year-old son with autism, a dental hygienist has published new research hoping to make dental examinations less stressful for autistic children.

 

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Education

In Autism, Intelligence Scores May Not Predict School Success
Spectrum – Many children with autism do better in school than their intelligence scores would predict, according to a new study. And about 16 percent do worse.

Families: Learn How to Find Autism-Friendly Colleges
U.S. News – During his first experience with college, Alex Birdsong faced some challenges he wasn’t sure how to handle. He also didn’t know that he had autism spectrum disorder.

 

Technology

Eye Tracking and Robots—Early Interventions for Children at Risk for Autism
MedicalXpress – For children who are already past the infant and toddler stages, Mastergeorge’s team is trying a groundbreaking method – using robots for the intervention.

Ways a New Smartwatch Makes Caring for an Autistic Loved One Easier
Autism Parenting Magazine – PinPoint Technologies, Inc. is a smartwatch start-up based out of Detroit, Michigan, that has made it a goal to help the autism community.

 

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Teens & Adults

People with Autism Are Filling a Void in the Workplace
Autism Parenting Magazine – The future job market is looking bright for many people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Large companies such as Microsoft, EY, and Utah-based Chargeback have piloted neurodiversity programs that aim to employ adults who are on the spectrum.

Motor Problems in Autism Persist into Adulthood
Spectrum – Young adults with autism have an unusual gait and problems with fine motor skills.

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