May Digest

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National News

7 Theme Parks Changing The Game For Guests With Autism
MSN – Theme parks are a popular choice, but for kids with autism and other sensory disorders, these destinations can be tricky and overwhelming. Across the country, some theme parks and similar venues are paving the way by making their entertainment more inclusive.

How Geography Influences Autism Treatment
DisabilityScoop – A new study finds that children residing in the Northeast are most likely to have tried a variety of therapies while kids in the South are more commonly taking medications.

Study Shows Minorities Widely Underrepresented in Autism Diagnoses
MedicalXpress – In education circles, it is widely accepted that minorities are overrepresented in special education. New research from the University of Kansas has found, in terms of autism, minorities are widely underrepresented in special education.

Autism Care Becomes More Personalized with Help of “Master List” of Core Skills
The Autism Site – Both the “International Statistical Classification of Diseases” (ICD) and the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” (DSM) take a person’s symptoms into consideration, but neither are very concerned with daily function or quality of life.

 


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Research

Social Smells Evoke Unusual Responses in People With Autism
SpectrumNews – People with autism use different brain regions than typical people do to distinguish between the scents of familiar and unfamiliar individuals.

EEG Signals Accurately Predict Autism as Early as 3 Months of Age
ScienceDaily – A new study shows that inexpensive EEGs, which measure brain electrical activity, accurately predict or rule out autism spectrum disorder in infants, even in some as young as three months.

 

 

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Education

How Colleges Can Prepare for Students with Autism
SpectrumNews – Increasing numbers of young adults with autism are pursuing a college education. Many campuses are not ready for them.

 

 

Technology

Can This Ai-Powered Baby Translator Help Diagnose Autism?
Wired – Called Chatterbaby, the free app analyzes changes in frequency and patterns in the sound to silence ratio to tell parents why their kiddo is crying.

Fitbit-Like Device Shows Promise In Predicting Autism Aggression
DisabilityScoop – A system that uses a digital wristband and a mobile app could someday predict future outbursts among children with autism, allowing family members and helpers to prevent and prepare for episodes.

 

 

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Teens & Adults

What Helps Adults With Autism Get and Keep a Job?
WebMD – More than two-thirds of adults with autism are unemployed or underemployed, and a new survey identifies some of the most significant barriers — and benefits — to work.

The Benefits Of Employing People With Autism
Forbes – Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Not a term that rolls off the tongue easily but increasingly big corporations such as Microsoft and SAP have launched programs to attract candidates with ASD for roles which require certain skill sets.

 

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April Digest

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National News

Autism Prevalence Increases: 1 in 59 US Children
CNN – One in 59 US children has autism, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sesame Street Launches Kickstarter to Fund New Autism Resources for Kids 
Mashable – The Yellow Feather Fund, Sesame Street’s nonprofit committed to helping children, is working to expand its autism initiatives.

7 Ways to Support Autistic Voices During Autism Acceptance Month
The Mighty – Many people on the spectrum advocate for more than awareness — they want acceptance, which means doing more than observing a day that essentially says this exists. The Mighty has compiled a list of ways to support autistic voices this month (and beyond).

Hans Asperger Aided Nazi Child Euthanasia, Study Says
The New York Times – 
A new study has shed more light on the revelations that Hans Asperger, the Austrian pediatrician for whom a form of autism is named, had collaborated with the Nazis and actively assisted in the killing of disabled children.


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Research

Some Mutations Tied to Autism May be Passed Down from Fathers
Spectrum News – Some children with autism carry rare mutations in DNA segments that flank genes and control their expression — and they tend to inherit these mutations from their unaffected fathers, according to a study published today in Science.

Rumination Leads to Problems in Boys with Autism
Medical Xpress – Boys with autism are more prone to develop physical complaints, depression and aggressive behaviour. Psychologists at Leiden University have discovered that this is mainly related to rumination.

 

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Education

Autism Informed the Entire Design of This Revolutionary Boarding School
Architectural Digest – Every detail of the new Shrub Oak International School near NYC — from windows to wall colors — was crafted with autistic students top of mind.

 

World Autism Awareness Day: How the CSU Is Preparing More Special Ed Teachers to Help Students with Autism
Cal State – One of the ways in which the California State University — the leading preparer of K-12 teachers in the state — excels is in training special education teachers, which includes those that teach kids and teenagers with autism. In 2015-2016 alone, the CSU prepared nearly 1,400 special education teachers.

 

Technology

 

Can Biomusic Offer Kids With Autism a New Way to Communicate?
Smithsonian – Biomedical engineers are using the sound of biological rhythms to describe emotional states.

How Artists With Autism Are Using Technology to Let Their Inner Creativity Shine
Popsugar – To celebrate Autism Acceptance Month, The Art of Autism partnered with Apple to create an exhibit called “Created on iPad,” a showcase of digital masterpieces that artists across the country have been able to create as a result of having accessible technology that can and has changed lives.

 

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Teens & Adults

How I Found Autism Acceptance in the Workplace
The Mighty – About 80 percent of people on the autism spectrum are unemployed. Of the 20 percent of us who are employed, only 13.9 percent work full-time. I am one of the 13.9 percent.

Entering Adulthood With Autism
U.S. News – Like many parents of 17-year-old boys, Rod Sievert is worried about what his son Kendall will do after high school. The difference is that Kendall has autism, which makes social interaction and communication more difficult for him even though his intelligence level is on par with his peers.

 

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