October Digest


National News

How the World is Changing for Those with Autism
CNN – Because traveling the world is for everyone that means that none of us should be surprised to hear that those on the autism spectrum get itchy feet, too.

MPs Urge Action on Lengthy Wait for Autism Diagnosis
The Guardian – Parents of children with suspected autism are having to wait at least 44 months for diagnoses, prompting a cross-party group of more than 140 MPs to write to the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, demanding urgent action.

Mom Uses Jimmy Fallon’s Contest To Send Powerful Message About Autism
HuffingtonPost – When Kate Swenson first heard of the contest being put on by Jimmy Fallon and Today Parents that required kids to say “mama,” she couldn’t help but realize that Cooper ― her 6-year-old son who has autism and is nonverbal ― wouldn’t be able to participate.

Autism Benefit To Air On HBO
DisabilityScoop – Some of the biggest names in comedy are coming together for a nationally-televised event, all to raise money for schools, programs and services for those on the spectrum.




This is How Much of Autism is Genetic
TIME – For a condition as complex as autism, it’s almost certain that both genes and environment play an important role. But teasing apart how much DNA contributes to the developmental condition and how much is due to environmental exposures remains a subject of much debate.

Late Birth Linked to Risk of Autism with Intellectual Disability
Spectrum – Children with autism who were born late are more likely to also have intellectual disability than those with autism who were born at term, suggests a study of almost half a million people.

Multivitamins in Pregnancy May be Linked to Lower Autism Risk in Children
MedicalXpress – Taking multivitamins during early pregnancy may be associated with a reduced risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children compared with mothers who do not take multivitamins, finds a study published in The BMJtoday.




New System to Help Children with Autism Learn Better in a Classroom Setting
Autism Parenting Magazine – It’s common for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to experience sensory overload or adverse reactions to sensory input more often than their neurotypical classmates.

College Students with Autism Need Support to Succeed on Campus
Spectrum – For a time, Nikki Lower had all the help she needed. Although she often felt she “didn’t quite fit in” during high school, she worked hard and excelled academically.



The Party: A Virtual Experience of Autism – 360 Video
The Guardian – What is it like to be autistic? The Guardian’s latest VR film offers a glimpse of how a person on the autism spectrum copes with a stressful environment

Temple Technology Advances Autism Therapy
Temple University – As an innovator, John Nosek is driven by the desire to help children born with developmental delays. It’s because he knows what’s possible with early intervention.



Teens & Adults

Many Young Adults With Autism Also Have Mental Health Issues
NPR – College involved “many anxiety attacks and many trips home” for Daniel Share-Strom, an autistic 27-year-old motivational speaker in Bradford, Ontario.


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