September Digest, 1 of 2


National News

Autism Makes Stage At Republican Presidential Debate
DisabilityScoop – Donald Trump used his platform at this week’s Republican presidential debate to double down on his controversial claims about autism.

Bill Would Increase Access To Special Needs Trusts
DisabilityScoop – Legislation approved by the U.S. Senate this week may soon make it easier for people with disabilities to save money.

Why There’s Disagreement Over Screening Every Child for Autism
The New York Times  – Few would dispute that children who are exhibiting signs or symptoms of autistic spectrum disorder should be referred and tested. It is when we talk about screening every child for autism that the debate becomes heated.



How Age Differences Between Siblings Can Affect Autism Risk
Time – In the latest study from scientists at a Kaiser Permanente group in California, researchers report in the journal Pediatrics that the time between the birth of one child and the conception of the next may affect the second child’s risk of developing autism.

GFCF Diets Found to be Ineffective for Children with Autism
University of Rochester – Gluten-free, casein-free diets have become popular complementary treatments for children with autism spectrum disorder, but a rigorous study at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) found that eliminating these foods had no effect on a child’s behavior, sleep, or bowel patterns.

Pooling Autism Brain Imaging Data Can Distort Results
SpectrumNews – Combining data from different brain scanners can lead to false findings if variation between the machines is not taken into account, suggests a new study. The work helps explain why results detailing the neuroanatomy of autism often contradict one another or are not replicated.

New Study Highlights Differences in Girls and Boys With Autism
PsychCentral – A new study from researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine has found that girls with autism display less repetitive and restricted behavior than boys.



Obama Administration Makes Push For Preschool Inclusion
DisabilityScoop – Federal officials say that all children with disabilities should be able to attend preschool alongside their typically-developing peers.


Teens & Adults

Couple Prepares to Say ‘I Do’ in First-Ever ‘All-Autism’ Wedding
Yahoo News – Finding the person you want to spend the rest of your life with is no easy feat for anyone looking for love. But saying “I do” can prove even more difficult for people on the autism spectrum.

Adult, Autistic, and Ignored
The New York Times – TWO months before she died of pancreatic cancer in November 2010, my normally strong, stoical mother broke down weeping in my arms over the fate of my autistic older brother.