May Digest


National News

State Insurance Mandates For Autism Treatment Fall Short
NPR – Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books requiring health insurers to cover autism treatments. But research evaluating these insurance mandates suggests the efforts are failing to help many children get needed therapy.

Oklahoma Advocates Celebrate Passage of Autism Insurance Reform
Autism Speaks – Advocates from across the state celebrated a victory yesterday as the Oklahoma State House of Representatives gave final approval to HB 2962, autism insurance reform.

Training Program for Those With Autism Often Results in Low-Paying Jobs
U.S. News & World Report – While a U.S. government-funded job training program for people with autism has a high success rate, many who get jobs earn well below the federal poverty line, a new study finds.

Non-Verbal 2-Year-Old Boy with Autism Falls in Love with Snow White
People – “He’s always been extremely happy, but when it comes to other people, he’s just very shy,” Coley explained to Inside Edition. “If he’s scared of someone he cries. But otherwise, if he doesn’t know someone, he ignores them.”



Sibling Bonds Inspire Next Generation of Autism Researchers
Spectrum – You don’t need to know someone with autism to become a successful autism researcher, but it can certainly serve as a powerful motivator.

Concerns About Folate Causing Autism Are Premature
The Atlantic – Yesterday morning, the Johns Hopkins University department of Media and Public Relations released information that, as intended, created news.

Long Autism Genes May Fracture When Cells Divide
Spectrum – Many of the genes implicated in autism are unusually long — a feature that leaves them susceptible to breaking during cell division, a new study finds. These genes may be ‘hot spots’ for mutations that crop up in patches of the brain.



Number of U.S. Students in Special Education Ticks Upward
Education Week – After years of steady decline, the nationwide count of school-age students covered under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act has shown an upswing since the 2011-12 school year based on the most recently available federal data, driven by rapid growth in such disability categories as autism.


Teens & Adults

Peer Mentors Help Kids With Autism Learn Social Graces
DisabilityScoop – At first look, it’s hard to tell who in the peer mentoring program has autism and who is in regular education at Belleville’s Westhaven Elementary school.

Autistic Man Uses iPhone To Help Save Child’s Life
Opposing Views – An autistic man who cannot speak is being lauded as a hero after he helped save a baby’s life.