April Digest, 2 of 2


National News

FDA Moves To Ban Shock Devices Used On Those With Special Needs
DisabilityScoop – The Food and Drug Administration is moving forward with plans to ban devices used to administer electric shocks to those with developmental disabilities in an effort to modify their behavior.

Autism Research Puts Limited Focus On Services, Lifespan Issues
DisabilityScoop – A new federal report finds that fewer dollars are going toward studying services and the needs of those on the spectrum as they age.



Researchers Launch Largest Autism Study: Here’s How You Can Participate
Tech Times – The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) launched the Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge (SPARK) today, an online campaign that will lead to the largest autism study in the United States.



Kids with autism build life skills in Minecraft:
CNET  – A few years ago, as students started to come into the classroom and talk about this Minecraft game, and they were just engrossed in it. And they were very passionate about it. So we thought as a teaching staff, we need to really look at this game and get a good sense of what it’s about.


Teens & Adults

What it Feels Like to Live with Undiagnosed Autism
Chatelaine – At 41, Anne Gingras learned she had autism, a neurological condition that can be detected in children as young as two. Now, four years later, she has a new understanding of herself and her past.