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Mom, Nonverbal Son Win Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Say Mama’ Contest

When Jimmy Fallon and the "Today" show put out a call for cute videos of kids saying "mama," they probably didn't expect one from a boy on the spectrum who's never uttered a word.

October 13, 2017
Children with autism participate in an applied behavior analysis session

Autism Insurance Mandates Boost Access To Care, Study Says

Kids with autism who live in states that require insurers to cover treatment for the developmental disorder are receiving significantly more services, researchers say.

October 12, 2017
Leonardo Coakley details a car dashboard at Rising Tide Car Wash

Autism-Focused Business Venture Expanding

A unique social venture with a mission to hire adults on the spectrum is growing, offering more job opportunities for a population that's traditionally underemployed.

October 9, 2017

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Freddie Highmore stars as Dr. Shaun Murphy

ABC Awards Full Season To Popular Autism Drama

A television drama centering on a surgeon with autism and savant syndrome is proving so popular with viewers that network executives are ordering up more.

October 4, 2017

Twitter Fueling Anti-Vaccine Sentiment

An online chorus linking some immunizations to autism has gained momentum via Twitter, a new study shows, with most of the negative comments coming from select areas of the country.

October 3, 2017
Lydia Steckelberg spent a week in the emergency room

Nowhere To Go: Young People With Severe Autism Languish In Hospitals

Teens and young adults with severe autism are spending weeks or even months in emergency rooms and acute-care hospitals, sometimes sedated, restrained or confined, an investigation shows.

October 2, 2017

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Girls With Autism More Likely To Have Younger Siblings With ASD

Parents with a child on the spectrum are more likely to see a future child diagnosed with autism too. New research from Harvard shows the odds are much higher when the older child is a girl.

September 29, 2017
Creative Spirit

Nonprofit Wants To Create 130K Jobs For People With Disabilities

A new effort with the backing of some major names in the advertising industry is launching with an ambitious goal: create 130,000 jobs for people with developmental disabilities by 2020.

September 27, 2017
TV

Is Hollywood’s Portrayal Of Autism Fair?

With more characters with autism appearing in film and on television, a new study is questioning whether such representations are good or bad for people with the developmental disorder.

September 26, 2017

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Young man with autism

Feds Urged To Strengthen Autism Transition

The federal government should do more to streamline the experience of youth with autism transitioning to adulthood, according to a new report to Congress.

September 22, 2017
Haircut on farm

Farm Eases Haircut Anxiety For Kids On The Spectrum

The drone of voices, buzz of clippers and shearing of scissors in the confined space of a beauty salon are often too much for those with autism, so one hairdresser turned to the outdoors.

September 20, 2017

Netflix Renews Series About Teen With ASD

Netflix is ordering up more episodes of a series about the experiences of a teen with autism and his family.

September 15, 2017

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