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Advocates Caution Against Autism Connection In School Shooting

After news reports indicated that the school shooter in Florida may be on the spectrum, autism advocates are working to dispel links between violence and the developmental disability.

February 20, 2018
Morgan Cansler and Conrad "Tyler" DiFalco-Jimenez

Their Disabilities Challenge Their Lives, But Not Their Love

With their wedding planned for this fall, a couple with intellectual disabilities is proving naysayers wrong who doubt that they can have love and a serious relationship like anyone else.

February 20, 2018

For Adults With Autism, Specialized Therapy May Boost Employment Odds

New research suggests that a type of therapy relying on computer-based exercises and small group sessions can yield big gains for adults with autism, potentially increasing employability.

February 15, 2018

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Boy Invents Game To Help Sister With Autism

A modified pingpong game invented by a fifth-grader is attracting national attention and now being manufactured for sale by a toy company.

February 13, 2018

Researchers Develop 2-Minute Autism Screening Tool

New research suggests that a quick questionnaire may be highly accurate at flagging children for autism.

February 6, 2018
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Autism Journal Abandons Puzzle Piece

A major autism research journal is moving away from using a puzzle piece as a symbol of the developmental disorder months after a study found the imagery evokes negative connotations.

February 2, 2018

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FDA Grants ‘Breakthrough Therapy’ Status To Potential Autism Drug

A major pharmaceutical company says it has received a designation from the Food and Drug Administration to help expedite what could be the first drug to treat the core symptoms of autism.

January 30, 2018
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For Those With ASD, Improv Classes Can Aid Communication

The Second City is known for churning out some of the country's top comedians, but now the group is using improv to help those with autism enhance their communication skills.

January 24, 2018

Company Patents Autism Diagnosis Method

LabCorp has patented a method for diagnosing autism which involves taking a tissue sample and then testing for "the presence or an increased risk" of the developmental disorder.

January 23, 2018

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New Research Finds Animals May Help Kids On The Spectrum

A growing body of research suggests that animal-assisted interventions may help improve the lives of people with autism by addressing some of the disorder's more challenging symptoms.

January 19, 2018

Film Starring Actors With ASD Coming To The Big Screen

A feature film starring multiple people with autism is headed for a national release.

January 17, 2018

Being Bilingual May Be A Plus For Kids With Autism

Speaking more than one language may offer a significant advantage for children with autism that goes well beyond communication, a new study suggests.

January 16, 2018

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