January Digest

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National News

U.S. Autism Rates Appear to be Stabilizing, New Study Suggests
CBS News – Autism rates are much higher than originally thought but may have stabilized in recent years, a new study suggests.

First Responder Training to Include Autism Awareness
Autism Parenting Magazine – Since 2014, there has been an increased national awareness regarding how police interact with the public during arrests and emergency situations. The autism community is no exception.

Why ABA Therapy Remains Elusive For Some Families
DisabilityScoop – The family of a Maine student with autism and a rare neurological syndrome that affects his speaking ability is fighting for him to be able to carry an audio-recording device at school to ensure he’s being treated properly.

Comic Redesigns the Autism Spectrum to Crush Stereotypes
The Mighty – Rebecca Burgess sees a problem with the way many people perceive the autism spectrum. Her resolution? The comic below.

 


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Research

Autism Speaks Names Top Ten Autism Studies of 2017
Autism Speaks – Autism Speaks is pleased to announce its annual selection of the ten studies that most-powerfully advanced the field of autism research to enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.

Early Changes in Brain Immunity May Underlie Sex Bias in Autism
Spectrum – How the brain’s immune cells, or microglia, develop in ‘germ-free’ mice depends on the sex of the mice, according to a new study.

 

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Education

 

Young Woman with Autism Proves Every Expert Wrong, Graduates from College
Today – When Gina Gallagher sent her daughter Katie to their local kindergarten in Marlborough, Massachusetts, she didn’t expect to receive a note from her daughter’s teacher the very first week with bad news.

Parents Fight to Record School Day of Son With Disabilities
U.S. News – The family of a Maine student with autism and a rare neurological syndrome that affects his speaking ability is fighting for him to be able to carry an audio-recording device at school to ensure he’s being treated properly.

 

Technology

Smithsonian Exhibit Puts Focus On Accessible Design
DisabilityScoop – From clothing to utensils and computers, a new exhibit is showcasing the varied and increasing ways that today’s world is adapting to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities.

Google Glass Is A Hit For Children With Autism
Forbes – Once ridiculed as a failed innovation, Glass is emerging as an important tool to help with educational and behavioral needs of children with autism.

 

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Teens & Adults

For Teens on Autism Spectrum, Improv Classes Can Aid Communication
Chicago Tribune – At the start of an improv class last week, some teens excitedly joined in while others sat off to the side. Others said they’d rather go home. But after a few games, giggles and encouragement from teachers, all the students participated.

Survey Assesses Well-being in Adults with Autism
Spectrum – A brief questionnaire written with guidance from people with autism is the first of its kind to assess quality of life among adults with the condition.

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