December Digest

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National News

Ohio Becomes the 45th State to Pass Autism Insurance Reform
Autism Speaks – On the final night of a two-year session, the Ohio legislature passed HB 463, which included a provision that will bring autism insurance coverage to thousands of Ohio families impacted by autism.

Autism Tracking Device Bill Clears House
DisabilityScoop – Legislation that would provide tracking devices and resources to help kids with autism and other developmental disabilities at risk of wandering is one step closer to becoming federal law.

Target to Host Quiet Holiday Shopping Event for Those on the Autism Spectrum
The Mighty – Good news, Target fans. Holiday shopping at Target is about to get a lot less stressful thanks to a quiet shopping event designed for families on the autism spectrum.

10 Holiday Tips for Families of Kids With Special Health Needs
CBS News – Children with mental health issues or developmental and physical challenges such as autism, ADHD, sensory issues, depression and anxiety may need extra help managing the festivities of the season.

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Research

Autism Features Common in People with Rare Genetic Syndrome
Spectrum – Most people with Sotos syndrome show signs of autism, according to the largest-yet study of people with the rare genetic condition.

Autism’s Link to Flu During Pregnancy May Be a Fluke
Spectrum – Women who come down with influenza while pregnant are no more likely than those without the infection to have a child with autism, according to a study of nearly 200,000 mother-child pairs.

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Education

Feds Target Disparities In Special Education
DisabilityScoop – With a new rule, the Obama administration is looking to make sure that minority students aren’t overrepresented in special education.

Understanding Autism Research & How to Use it to Advocate for Your Child
All Autism Videos – AST Speaker Series presented by Dr. Hanna Rue (video).

FAPE Case Draws Flurry Of Attention
DisabilityScoop – As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to consider how much educational benefit schools must provide students with disabilities, everyone from lawmakers to states and advocates are weighing in.

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Teens & Adults

Meet the Musicians With Autism Who Are Tackling the Music Industry
The Mighty – A band compromised of Autistic members in London is making a big splash in the entertainment scene.

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