July Digest, 2 of 2


National News

Autism’s Costs to U.S. Economy Estimated to top $265 Billion for 2015
Autism Speaks – Projected costs would rise to more than $1 trillion by 2025 if prevalence continues to rise at rates seen over last decade

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
ADA.gov – Twenty-five years ago, through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), our nation committed itself to eliminating discrimination against people with disabilities.

Analysis Ranks Best States For Disability Services
DisabilityScoop – A diverse group of states spanning the nation came out on top in an annual ranking of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Miniature Brain in a Dish Reveals an Outsized Secret About Autism
LA Times – Scientists hoping to uncover the origins of autism have grown a passel of miniature proto-brains in a lab, using reprogrammed skin cells to rewind the clock to the brain’s earliest days of development.



Girls with Mild Autism Prone to Severe Epilepsy
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative –  Girls with autism are nearly three times as likely as boys with the disorder to have severe epilepsy that responds poorly to medication.

Close Look at Rare Syndrome Bolsters Autism-Epilepsy Link
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – The first systematic look at adults with the rare seizure disorder Dravet syndrome suggests that nearly two-thirds of them also have autism.

Intricate DNA flips, swaps found in people with autism
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – A surprisingly large proportion of people with autism have complex rearrangements of their chromosomes that were missed by conventional genetic screening, researchers reported 2 July in the American Journal of Human Genetic



Simple Sniff Test May Accurately Detect Autism In Children
Tech Times – Arriving at an autism diagnosis is often a complex process. But a study suggests that simply examining the way a child sniffs could be an accurate indicator of the disorder.

Abilities Expo kicks off in Houston
Click2Houston – One of the biggest events of the year for disabled people kicks off Friday. The 2015 Abilities Expo will be held in Houston.



Schools Warned On Speech Services For Kids With Autism
DisabilityScoop – Federal education officials are reminding schools not to skimp on needed speech and language services for children with autism.


Teens & Adults

Research Shows Job Services Failing to Meet Needs of Youth with Autism
AutismSpeaks – Researchers urge greater use of autism-specific supports; many teen boys and men with autism need particular help with anxiety.

Swimming Helps Autistic Teen
CBS –  Charles Cobbert was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 3 and at age 17, he is competing in the swimming nationals.

Inside the Mind of Teen with Autism Going on His First Date
The short film, “Bumblebees” stars a young man and woman on the autism spectrum and a cat. Vance Kanell and Paige Sunderland star in the film about a teenager with autism (Kanell) who is challenging himself to experience a first date.