July Digest

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National News

How the New U.S. ‘Right to Try’ Law Could Harm People with Autism
Spectrum – You may have heard of the ‘Right to Try,’ a bill that President Donald Trump signed into law on 30 May. The U.S. law expands doctors’ ability to prescribe experimental drugs for people with life-threatening conditions.

Autistic New Yorkers Share Their Stim-Toy Stories With ‘Aftereffect’
NPR – Autistic New Yorkers Share Their Stim-Toy Stories With ‘Aftereffect’

North Dakota Becomes 48th State to Require Autism Insurance Coverage
Autism Speaks – North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread announced that all state-regulated plans that have mental health coverage will be required to cover treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

New Gym Created To Help People With Special Needs Stay Fit
Disability Scoop – While some gyms have programs for people with disabilities, Mills said hers is the only one in the area that caters to their specific fitness needs.

 


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Research

In Baby Teeth, Links Between Chemical Exposure in Pregnancy and Autism
The New York Times – The record in teeth may show associations with autism but does not mean that the mother did something to cause the condition, experts say.

Brains of Children with Autism Show Unusual Folding Patterns
Spectrum – The brains of children with autism fold differently than those of their typical peers, two new studies suggest.

Key Social Reward Circuit in the Brain Impaired in Kids with Autism
Stanford Medicine – Deficits in the brain’s reward circuit are linked to social deficits in children with autism and may point the way toward better treatments, according to a new Stanford study.

 

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Education

25 Best Colleges for Students With Autism 2018
Best Value Schools – These colleges are doing all they can to help their students with autism have the best learning experience possible.

 

Technology

Teens with Autism Learn to Code, Design Apps
Fox News – While the impact of technology on teens has its pros and cons in terms of social media bullying and video game violence, the educational and social benefits for those on the autism spectrum are unprecedented.

Neuroscientist Sees Video Games as a Tool to Help Youth with Autism
The San Diego Union-Tribune – Individuals with ASD typically experience more difficulty making fast and accurate shifts of attention, which is why video games are part of RADLab’s research.

Can a Computer Diagnose Autism?
Spectrum – Machine-learning holds the potential to help clinicians spot autism sooner, but technical and ethical obstacles remain.

 

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Teens & Adults

Tips that Helped My Son Transition Out of School and to the Workplace
Autism Speaks – This guest blog post is by Sandy Petrovic. Sandy Petrovic is a registered nurse, an author, a public speaker, a college instructional advisor/tutor, and the mother of a son on the spectrum.

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December Digest

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National News

9-year-old’s Heartfelt Video on Life with Autism
ABC News – A 9-year-old boy’s self-narrated video about life with autism has now gone viral on the internet. George Yionoulis, who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, opens up about living with autism and reassures others that “I’m a kid just like you.”

New Global Diagnostic Manual Mirrors U.S. Autism Criteria
Spectrum – Starting next year, clinicians worldwide may be using a new, streamlined set of criteria to diagnose autism. The criteria are part of a highly anticipated update to the “International Classification of Diseases,” a diagnostic manual produced by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Autism Portrayal Nets Golden Globe Nod
DisabilityScoop – Hollywood appears to be embracing the story of a surgeon with autism. Actor Freddie Highmore snagged a Golden Globe nomination this week for best actor in a television drama for his role as Dr. Shaun Murphy on ABC’s “The Good Doctor.”

 


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Research

Problems with Attention, Not Autism, Predispose Children to Injury
Spectrum – Young children with autism are no more likely than those without the condition to sustain injuries that require medical attention, according a study of more than 2,000 children.

New Genetic Models of Autism Point to Cellular Roots of Disease
UCSF – Researchers at UC San Francisco have developed a new genetic model of autism, using neurons created in the lab from patients’ own skin cells. Their experiments suggest that abnormalities in the electrical firing of neurons may lead to behavioral and developmental symptoms in autism, while differences in neuron size and shape result in abnormalities in brain size that often accompany the disorder.

Five Hot Topics in Autism Research in 2017
Spectrum – Researchers made significant headway on multiple fronts, from understanding the effect of exposures during pregnancy on autism risk to reviving radical therapies for conditions related to autism. Other endeavors, such as the search for noncoding variants that play a role in autism, were less fruitful.

 

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Education

Navigating Life On Campus When You’re On The Autism Spectrum
NPR – James Carmody never had any doubt that he would go to college. He loved learning, he worked hard and he was excited to make a positive impact on the world.

Students with Autism Make Music with iPads
CBS News – For years Adam Goldberg, a classical pianist who teaches music at a school in Queens, New York, struggled to break through to his students who have serious learning disabilities, such as autism, until he started using instruments virtually anyone can play: an iPad.

 

Technology

Classroom Robot Helps South Carolina Children with Autism
Fox News – In October, South Carolina teachers at select schools began using the Robots4Autism curriculum and a small robot named Milo to teach students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Up and Coming Autism Entrepreneurs New GPS Prototype Developed in the Name of Lost Child with ASD
Autism Parenting Magazine – Toron Larkins has developed the prototype for a waterproof and discreet tracker that will track anywhere in the country in an effort to keep loved ones safe.

 

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Teens & Adults

Texas Police Officer Helps Make Autistic Teen’s Dream Come True
13WAMZ – A Garland police officer is using his time off as an opportunity to give back this Christmas by granting a teenager his ultimate wish, CBS Dallas/Fort Worth reports.

Report: Housing A ‘Crisis’ For People With Disabilities
Disability Scoop – Housing prices across the country are far outpacing the monthly benefits provided by Supplemental Security Income, according to a new report, forcing many people with disabilities into homelessness or costly institutional care.

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