July Digest, 2 of 2

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National News

Autism’s Costs to U.S. Economy Estimated to top $265 Billion for 2015
Autism Speaks – Projected costs would rise to more than $1 trillion by 2025 if prevalence continues to rise at rates seen over last decade

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
ADA.gov – Twenty-five years ago, through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), our nation committed itself to eliminating discrimination against people with disabilities.

Analysis Ranks Best States For Disability Services
DisabilityScoop – A diverse group of states spanning the nation came out on top in an annual ranking of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Miniature Brain in a Dish Reveals an Outsized Secret About Autism
LA Times – Scientists hoping to uncover the origins of autism have grown a passel of miniature proto-brains in a lab, using reprogrammed skin cells to rewind the clock to the brain’s earliest days of development.

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Research

Girls with Mild Autism Prone to Severe Epilepsy
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative –  Girls with autism are nearly three times as likely as boys with the disorder to have severe epilepsy that responds poorly to medication.

Close Look at Rare Syndrome Bolsters Autism-Epilepsy Link
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – The first systematic look at adults with the rare seizure disorder Dravet syndrome suggests that nearly two-thirds of them also have autism.

Intricate DNA flips, swaps found in people with autism
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – A surprisingly large proportion of people with autism have complex rearrangements of their chromosomes that were missed by conventional genetic screening, researchers reported 2 July in the American Journal of Human Genetic

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Technology

Simple Sniff Test May Accurately Detect Autism In Children
Tech Times – Arriving at an autism diagnosis is often a complex process. But a study suggests that simply examining the way a child sniffs could be an accurate indicator of the disorder.

Abilities Expo kicks off in Houston
Click2Houston – One of the biggest events of the year for disabled people kicks off Friday. The 2015 Abilities Expo will be held in Houston.

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Education

Schools Warned On Speech Services For Kids With Autism
DisabilityScoop – Federal education officials are reminding schools not to skimp on needed speech and language services for children with autism.

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Teens & Adults

Research Shows Job Services Failing to Meet Needs of Youth with Autism
AutismSpeaks – Researchers urge greater use of autism-specific supports; many teen boys and men with autism need particular help with anxiety.

Swimming Helps Autistic Teen
CBS –  Charles Cobbert was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 3 and at age 17, he is competing in the swimming nationals.

Inside the Mind of Teen with Autism Going on His First Date
The short film, “Bumblebees” stars a young man and woman on the autism spectrum and a cat. Vance Kanell and Paige Sunderland star in the film about a teenager with autism (Kanell) who is challenging himself to experience a first date.