November Digest


National News

Ford Expands Autism Hiring Initiative
DisabilityScoop – Just months after launching a pilot program aimed at hiring people on the spectrum, a major American automaker is looking to ramp up the effort.

Presidential Proclamation — National Family Caregivers Month, 2016
The White House – This month, and every month, let us lift up all those who work to tirelessly advance the health and wellness of those they love.

Sensory-Friendly Santa 2016
Autism Speaks – Ho Ho Ho! Autism Speaks is thrilled to be partnering with the Noerr Programs Corporation again this year on their Sensory-Friendly Santa programs.



Genes, Immune Exposure Collude to Up Autism Risk
Spectrum – The interplay between a mouse’s immune system and certain mutations in her pups may increase autism-like features in the pups. That’s the upshot from several studies presented at the 2016 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

Support Helps Some Children with Autism Socialize at School
Spectrum – Social difficulties are a core feature of autism — but under the right circumstances, some children on the spectrum can be socially successful at school.

Automated Detection of Early Autism May Improve Outcomes
PsychCentral – Presently, there is no medical test to diagnose autism spectrum disorder. The disorder is usually diagnosed around 36 months based on behavior although sometimes the diagnosis occurs later in life.

Imaging Study Hints at Compensation in Verbal Teens with Autism
Spectrum – Adolescents with autism who have good verbal skills show enhanced structural connections in brain regions involved in processing and integrating sounds.



Plan for Greater College Costs for Students with Learning Disabilities
U.S. News & World Report – Students with learning disabilities or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often need different support systems at college, and those extra services usually come at price.


App Screens For Autism With 94 Percent Accuracy, Researchers Say
DisabilityScoop – A smartphone app could dramatically speed up the process of screening children for autism, potentially offering feedback in less than a minute.

Microsoft launches Minecraft: Education Edition for schools
The Verge – Microsoft wants kids playing Minecraft in class, and it’s hoping that schools will not just let them, but support them. It’s launching a version of Minecraft today called Minecraft: Education Edition.


Teens & Adults

16-Year-Old with Autism Hits FG to Hand Calif. School League Title
High School Sports – Alec Messing had to get special dispensation just to compete in high school football. Now, he’s reponsible for handing San Fernando a Mission Valley League title.

Along the Autism Spectrum, a Path Through Campus Life
The New York Times – Crosby J. Gardner has never had a girlfriend. Now 20 and living for the first time in a dorm here at Western Kentucky University, he has designed a fast-track experiment to find her.

Exploring Experiences of Adults With Self-Diagnosed Autism
PsychCentral – About 1.5 percent of U.S. adults — or about 4.8 million people — are believed to have autism spectrum disorder, with many attempting to self-diagnose.

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