May Digest, 1 of 2


National News

Family Kicked Off Flight After Daughter With Autism Deemed ‘Disruptive’
NBC News – An Oregon mom has filed a complaint against United Airlines after it removed her and family from a flight because it said her 15-year-old daughter, who has autism, had become “disruptive.”

In Third Attempt, N.C. Senate Passes Autism Coverage Bill
Kaiser Health News – A bill to cover autism treatment has been passed twice by the North Carolina House of Representatives, only to die in the Senate. This week a third bill made it through.

Psychiatrists Unveil Plain English Guide To DSM
DisabilityScoop – The American Psychiatric Association is releasing a first-of-its-kind book to decode in plain English the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — a guide for mental health providers that is also used to determine insurance coverage.

A Mother’s Day Card to Special Needs Moms
Blog – This Mother’s Day we are not offering any strategies, there will be no advice or checklists. On this day, we honor the best possible expert on what your child needs…YOU.



Brain & Behavioral Differences Found Between Autistic Girls & Boys
PsychCentral – New research has found differences in the biology of the brains, as well as their behavior, of preschool boys and girls diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

What should define autism: deficits or abilities?
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – Take the case of two boys with autism. One boy, let’s call him John, can speak, announcing when he’s hungry or wants to play video games. But his brother, whom we’ll call Charles, is better at communicating even though he doesn’t talk.

Researchers Organize to Decipher Possible Role of Gut Bacteria in Autism
MedicalXpress – Autism: for a condition that continues to confound researchers and physicians alike, Dr. Richard E. Frye, Director of Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) autism research program, believes that research into the role of the microbiome could hold a key to new treatments and understanding of autism.



Art and Technology Battle Autism Through MSSNG Project
Fox News – On May 6, the typical stylish New York City gallery crowd mingled and gawked at art lining the walls of the Betaworks studio gallery in the city’s Meatpacking District for The MSSNG Lab, an invitation and one-night-only art installation and auction. What separated this from similar art events in the city?



4 Tools and Resources to Help Autistic Students Navigate K-12
Education Dive – A bevy of robots, apps, and more aim to assist students on the spectrum.

Ask the Experts: 5 Structured Social Coaching Tips for Parents
Autism Society – Social coaching can be a powerful tool to help children and adolescents understand the social challenges they are faced with and how to gain mastery over them.


Teens & Adults

Companies See Upside of Hiring People with Autism
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – As the prevalence of autism grows, several companies are launching employment programs for people on the spectrum.

For Adults with Autism, Few Good Choices for Treatments
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – Only one type of intervention improves the quality of life of adults on the spectrum and helps them establish social relationships.

A New Business Model For Autism
Forbes – While much attention is paid to rising autism rates in children, the number of adults on the autism spectrum is increasing quickly and the nation is not prepared for the special challenges that come with this segment of the population.