September Digest

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National News

Mikey Brannigan Becomes First American Runner with Autism to Win Paralympic 1500 Meter Gold
NBC News – Two years ago, NBC’s Kate Snow introduced the world to 19-year-old Mikey Brannigan, one of the world’s elite runners. Today, he made history.

Over $24 Million Tagged For Disability Employment
DisabilityScoop – The U.S. Department of Labor is sending millions of dollars to states and organizations, all earmarked to improve the employment odds facing people with disabilities.

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Research

Proteins That Spark Learning May Play Key Part in Autism
Spectrum – A core team of proteins involved in learning may play an important role in autism, according to a new study.

Words Say Little About Cognitive Abilities in Autism
Spectrum – Nearly half of children with autism who speak few or no words have cognitive skills that far exceed their verbal abilities, according to the largest study of so-called ‘minimally verbal’ children with autism to date.

Mice Missing Top Autism Gene Make Their Debut
Spectrum – Edging out at least five other teams, a Japanese group last week became the first to publish findings on mice lacking CHD8, the leading candidate gene for autism risk.

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Education

UN Panel Calls For Inclusive Education
DisabilityScoop – Being educated in an inclusive environment is a basic right for students with disabilities, according to a new set of guidelines from the United Nations.

Technology

Microsoft Wants Autistic Coders. Can It Find Them And Keep Them?
FastCompany – Job interviews can be especially hard if you’re autistic. A Microsoft effort aimed at a wider spectrum of the workforce wants to solve that.

Novel Software Spots Scores of New Autism Candidates
Spectrum – Scientists have trained an algorithm to recognize the characteristics of autism genes. The program has pegged more than 2,000 new genes to the condition.

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Teens & Adults

They Told My Parents I Wouldn’t Talk, I Proved Them Wrong
Autism Speaks – Last year – I wrote a blog about growing up with autism and graduating from college in spite of what doctors told my parents. It was called They Told my Parents I Wouldn’t Talk; Now I’m Graduating from College.

Christopher Duffley, a Blind Teen With Autism, Inspires Others With His Voice
ABC News- “Music to me is for one thing: it brings joy to people. Singing is a gift that I share. Because I’m blind, I see people with my heart for who they truly are instead of what they look like on the outside,” the 15-year-old told ABC News.

HS Football Player with Autism Has a Moment He’ll Never Forget
MSN – West Side High School’s Justin Davis said after the game, “It was like the NFL. I felt famous.” We couldn’t be happier for the young man.

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