September Digest – Part 2 of 2

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National News

More Jobs, Health Coverage for Autism – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy today announced a total of $8,422,574 in continued funding for organizations that develop models, provide technical assistance and share best practices to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Read full story



Brainwave Test Could Identify Kids with Autism Early and Accurately
HealthlineNews – Measuring how quickly the brain responds to sights and sounds could help doctors identify children at risk of developing autism, both earlier and more accurately. Read full story

Inconsistency Plagues Studies of Parent-Mediated Therapies
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – When children show early signs of autism, it’s their parents who are best positioned to treat them, according to a study we reported on yesterday. That’s especially true of that study, which tested treatment for children as young as 6 months of age, well shy of the average age of autism diagnosis.   Read full story



Penn State Researchers Develop Game To Help Autistic Teens Read Body Language
Campus Technology – Researchers at Penn State will soon pilot a computer game they designed to help adolescents on the autism spectrum improve their ability to understand body language.  People on the autism spectrum often have difficulty picking up on nonverbal social cues, such as facial expressions, eye gaze and subtle body language.  Read full story



Inclusion Rates for Special Education Students Vary By State
Disability Scoop – It’s getting easier for parents of young children with autism to get insurers to cover a pricey treatment called applied behavioral analysis. Once kids turn 21, however, it’s a different ballgame entirely. Read full story


Teens & Adults

What Can Be Done to Help Parents of Autistic Adults?
PBS Newshour – The picture you probably have in your mind of autism is that of a child. But autism is almost always — if not always — a condition that lasts for life. We are the parents of a 22-year-old young man with autism. He barely recognizes our presence, but clearly knows us better than most other people. Read full story

For Adults with Autism, ABA Coverage Scarce
Disability Scoop – Mike Brannigan is obsessed with running. The repetitive motion. The rhythm he finds. The way he can focus on his body and nothing else. At 17, Mike Brannigan is one of the top 10 high school runners in the whole country. He’s so lightning fast he can run a mile in four minutes and seven seconds flat. Read full story