November Digest, 2 of 2

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National News

Restaurant ‘Fires’ Customer Who Berated Their Autistic Delivery Driver
Tech Times – An Anchorage restaurant rallies behind its autistic worker and blacklists a customer who used foul language and called him names.

Autism Society Responds to CDC Parent Survey Results
Autism Society – The National Center for Health Statistics, a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released the results of a new parent survey announcing an autism prevalence rate of 1 in 45.

Girl Tells Tearful Mom Why She Thought Having Autism Made Her ‘Bad’
 The Mighty – When 7-year-old Cadence, who has autism, was at school one day, she sat under her teacher’s desk and wrote a note to her mother Angela.

Autism Advocates Burn Over State Plan
California Healthline – State officials last week released a draft of criteria for Medi-Cal beneficiaries to get autism therapy and children’s advocates called the proposed requirements onerous and a barrier to accessing care.

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Research

Autism’s Microbiome
The Atlantic – Researchers believe that gut bacteria may be to blame for some of the condition’s physical and emotional symptoms.

Autism BrainNet & NIH NeuroBioBank Partner to Advance Autism Research
Simons Foundation – Simons Foundation and Autism Speaks have entered into an agreement with the National Institutes of Health to align two of the world’s largest repositories of donated postmortem brain tissue for medical research.

Study Highlights Health Risks For Those With Autism
DisabilityScoop – Researchers are warning that more attention needs to be paid to the overall health of adults with autism, with a new study finding them at greater risk for a host of maladies.

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Technology

Not Every Autistic Person Wants To Work In Tech
PsychCentral – There’s a misconception that everybody with Asperger’s is into computers. Which isn’t true. I can see where it comes from though.

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Education

Google Pledges Funds For Special Education
DisabilityScoop – Google is sharing the wealth this holiday season, with a plan to donate millions of dollars to benefit students in special education at schools across the country.

Florida Teacher Starts Each Day Complimenting Students One by One
ABC – In a video posted to Facebook that’s been shared more than 8,000 times since it was posted on Sunday, Ulmer takes the time to pay several compliments to each and every one of the eight students in his special education classroom at Mainspring Academy in Jacksonville, Florida.

Feds: IEPs Should Align With Grade-Level Standards
DisabilityScoop – Beyond offering a free appropriate public education, individualized education programs for students with disabilities should meet grade-level requirements, federal education officials say.

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Teens & Adults

Kiley Lyall First Runner with Autism Voted Women’s Running Cover Girl
People – Kiley Lyall is leading the pack as the first runner with autism to land the cover of Women’s Running magazine.

Good Neighbors: Teen With Autism Knits for Charity
NBC – It’s not everyday you find a teenage boy who likes to knit. It’s a passion for Tristan Smith-Carlos, 17 of Hamburg, who lives with autism. He donates nearly everything he knits to charity.