January Digest 2 of 2

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National News

10 Years of Progress: What We’ve Learned About Autism
Autism Speaks – This year marks 10 years of progress since Autism Speaks first opened its doors in 2005. As we move into our 11th, here’s what we know now, thanks to your support:

Autism Insurance Bill Passes House Committee in Mississippi! 
The Clarion-Ledger – Backed by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, Gov. Phil Bryant, and more than two dozen lawmakers, House Bill 885 would require any health insurer doing business in Mississippi to cover the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism from birth to 21 years old.

Boeing Agrees to Expand Medical Coverage for Autism Treatment
Puget Sound Business Journal – Boeing has agreed to expand its medical insurance to cover a specific class of autism treatment and neural development therapy, after previously resisting the step.

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Research

Study Shows Improvements By age 6 for Kids with Autism
DisabilityScoop – New research suggests that young children with autism experience dramatically different trajectories, with some seeing improvement in their symptoms by age 6.

Study Finds Most Siblings with Autism Have Different Risk Genes
Medical News Today – Popular notion holds that siblings who inherit autism possess the same risk genes for the disorder as their parents and each other. But a surprising new study – deemed the largest ever autism genome study to date – finds this may not be the case.

New Study Sheds Light on Genetic Mutations in Autism Disorders
Health Canal – Recent research has linked autism with a lack of “pruning” in developing brain connections, but a new study by researchers at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine suggests instead it is the excessive growth of new connections that causes sensory overload in people with the disorder.

Imaging Study Finds Unique Brain Patterns Among Autistic
PsychCentral – New research by scientists at the Weizmann Institute and Carnegie Mellon University suggests that the various reports of both over- and under-connectivity may, in fact, reflect a deeper principle of brain function.

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Technology

SLPs & OTs Give Their Top Picks – 75 Apps for Autism Speech
A Day in Our Shoes – This list was created by SLPs and OTs. The links will take you to the latest version of the app so you should be able to find it no matter what device you have.

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Education

Efforts Underway To Fully Fund IDEA
DisabilityScoop – Lawmakers in Congress are renewing efforts to ensure that the federal government lives up to its promise to fully fund special education.  A bill introduced Tuesday in the U.S. House of Representatives calls for Uncle Sam to increase funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act incrementally.

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Teens & Adults

Super Bowl Gives Holly Robinson Forum to Celebrate Local Athlete with Autism
AZCentral.com – On Friday, Jan. 30, the couple are hosting Super Kid Honors at Joe’s Crab Shack in Tempe. The event will honor Vincent Stover, a local high school football player who is autistic.

Mostly autistic cast brings new movie to life
USA Today – Hollywood is paying close attention to a new movie being filmed called ‘Circles.’ In the film, the main character Ollie has autism. In real life, so does the actor who plays Ollie, 16-year-old Sam Seidel.

Disability-Focused Proms Expected To Draw 7,000 
DisabilityScoop – Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is organizing 45 proms around the world on one night just for people with special needs.