January Digest, 2 of 2


National News

Autism’s First-Ever Patient, Now 82, ‘Has Continued to Grow His Whole Life’
People – Donald graduated from high school and college, learned to drive at 27 and has worked at the bank his family owns. He is also a world traveler.

Bill Would Expand Access To Community Living
DisabilityScoop – At present, it’s often far easier for people with disabilities to receive institutional care than community-based supports, but proposed legislation would ensure equal access to both.

After The Diagnosis: How Families Experience Autism
NPR – Raising kids is rewarding and raising kids is hard. That work is compounded when you have a child with autism. And each of these families experiences the disorder differently.



Newly Identified Gene May Link to Autism and Other Neuro Disorders
GEN News – Researchers at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia identified a gene that looks like it plays a role in raising a person’s risk of having more severe subtypes of autism that co-occur with other genetic diseases.

Vitamin B12 levels low in brains affected by autism or schizophrenia
AutismSpeaks – Decrease may stem from oxidative stress and cause some autism symptoms, researchers speculate in study made possible by postmortem brain donation

Genetically Modified Monkeys Might Aid Autism Research
U.S. News & Wold Reports – Chinese scientists report they’ve created monkeys that carry a gene linked to autism-like behaviors.



Tech Giant Taps Into Unique And Powerful Talent Pool
Forbes – Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.



Feds Boost Spending On Special Ed, Disability Programs
DisabilityScoop – With funding gains for special education, housing and other disability programs, advocates say the federal government’s latest budget is a step in the right direction.

Graduation Rates Lagging For Students With Disabilities
DisabilityScoop – As the nation sees record-setting high school graduation rates, a new report finds that students with disabilities are struggling to keep up.


Teens & Adults

Teen Earns National Recognition as Autism Activist
Autism Speaks – “It is great to get the recognition, and I hope it encourages others to get involved in their communities,” Jackman said.

Autism Family Drama Coming To TV
DisabilityScoop – Described as “thought-provoking and lighthearted,” the show focuses on 5-year-old Joe, who is newly-diagnosed on the spectrum, and his parents Paul and Alison who are struggling with different child-rearing approaches.