October Digest – Part 1 of 2

The most relevant news of the last couple weeks. Sign-up to have future issues delivered to your email.


National News

White House To Convene Disability Summit
Disability Scoop – For the first time, a White House event will bring together experts from across the country to address the unique health and fitness concerns of those with disabilities. Read full story

Charges Filed Against Ohio Teens in Sick ‘Ice Bucket’ Prank
NBC News – The five teens, between the ages of 14 to 16 years old, face charges in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court from the disturbing Aug. 18 joke in Bay Village, which was captured on video. Read full story

The Extraordinary Art of Autistic ‘Five-Year-old Monet’
CNN News – But these impressionist-style paintings — which are changing hands for thousands of dollars — were painted by a five-year-old girl who is unable to speak. Read full story



Study: Chemical in Broccoli Shows Promise as Autism Treatment
The Washington Post – The much-maligned vegetable broccoli may hold promise as a possible treatment for autism. Read full story

Research Suggests People with Autism May Have an Impaired Predictive Ability
MedicalXpress – People with autism might live in a “magical world” in which it’s impossible to know what will happen next. Richard Held of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and colleagues have hypothesized that people with autism have difficulty predicting future events, and that an impaired predictive ability would explain… Read full story

Brain Development Gene Emerges as Strong Autism Candidate
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – In April 2013, Evan Eichler attended a meeting on the genetics of autism and intellectual disability in Troina, Sicily. Eichler, professor of genome sciences at the University of Washington, had planned to present his new data on candidate genes for autism. Read full story



Emerging Evidence Shows How Computer Messaging Helps Autistic Adults Communicate
MIT Technology Review – Anecdotal reports suggest that autistic adults benefit from computer-based communication. Now the scientific evidence is building. Read full story



D.C. Council Approves Special-education Bills, Aims to Speed Delivery of Services
The Washington Post – The D.C. Council has unanimously approved a trio of bills designed to overhaul special-education services in the city, aiming to speed delivery of services to students with special needs and give parents better information and resources they can use to advocate for their children.  Read full story

School Based Mental Health Services Making a Difference
Education News – Schools play an important part in identifying the one child in ten who has a mental health problem. A large part of a child’s life is spent in school, which means teachers play an important role in all areas of children’s development. Read full story


Teens & Adults

From Childhood to Adulthood with Autism
SFGate – Like many parents raising children with autism, I think of myself as an expert. But over time, my son Matthew and his two younger siblings have taught me that the parenting learning curve never ends. Read full story

Autistic Newhall Teen Scores Dream Touchdown
ABC Sports – The Hart High School freshman football team is 5-1 so far this season. They’re coming off a big win, thanks in part to No. 68 Ty Heid.”I came in here knowing I’m probably not going to be the star player, and now here I am the star player of the week,” Heid said. Read full story