January Digest 1 of 2

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National News

CDC Stepping Up Autism Monitoring Efforts
DisabilityScoop – As federal officials launch a new round of autism surveillance, they’re looking at more than prevalence alone, with plans to track diagnostic changes, younger kids and other disabilities.

ABLE Act is Law in 2015! What You Need To Know
Autism Votes– The ABLE Act will make a profound difference for the autism community.  Here’s what we’d like you to know about the new law.

10 Talented Individuals with Autism Who Inspired in 2014
Autism Speaks – In 2014, we were blown away by the amazing achievements from members of our community! This list is based on popular content published our web site this year.



Mounting Research Shows Gut-Brain Connection
PsychCentral – Over the past decade, numerous studies have linked the gut microbiome to a range of behaviors and body functions, such as appetite, cravings, mood, and emotion. The gut appears to help maintain brain function and has been increasingly proven to influence the risk of psychiatric and neurological disorders, including anxiety, depression, and autism.

Majority Of Autism Increase Due To Diagnostic Changes, Finds New Study
Forbes – Almost two thirds of the increase in autistic Danish children results from how autism is diagnosed and tracked, found a new study in JAMA Pediatrics.

Brief Observations Miss Autism Symptoms in Young Children
MedicalXPress – As the rate of children with autism in the U.S. continues to grow, a new study published today in top-ranked journal Pediatrics shows that medical professionals can’t rely solely on their clinical judgment to detect autism risk.



Students Design Calming Chairs For Those On The Spectrum
DisabilityScoop – For years, the Overland Park, Kan. father had searched for a way to help his son find relief from the stress and anxiety often experienced by children with autism. Like many of those children, Joshua could be soothed through deep touch pressure — the kind of feeling one might get by being tightly hugged or squeezed.



Family Income, Child Behavior Factors in Legal Disputes About Kids with Autism
HealthCanal – Families whose children with autism spectrum disorders spend less than 20 percent of their time in mainstream classrooms are nearly twice as likely to resort to litigation, such as filing for due process hearings or mediation, when they disagree with school officials about their children’s education.


Teens & Adults

This Art Studio Nurtures Talent in People on the Autism Spectrum
Smithsonian – New York City’s Pure Visions Arts provides an art and exhibition space for around 40 creative people with autism. People with autism often struggle to find accommodation in society. To better support that community, in 2002, the non-profit Shield Institute founded Pure Vision Arts.

How Music Gave My Grandson A Place in the World
Autism Speaks – John Hanson, my grandson, aka Subterr Anean, is a 15-year-old electronic music producer/performer.  He was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome when he was five-years-old. But when John takes the stage, he is in complete control.

Quiznos Opens New Location Staffed by Students from Texas Tech’s Burkhart Center for Autism Research and Education
KFYO News – A new Quiznos Sub Sandwich Restaurant will open inside of the Burkhart Center for Autism Research and Education at Texas Tech next week. According to a press release from the center, the restaurant will be managed by Tech’s Hospitality Services, but will be staffed almost entirely by Burkhart Center students.