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  1. R.I. Bill Would Mandate Police Training on Ways...

    March 22, 2015- "R.I. Bill Would Mandate Police Training on Ways to Deal with People with Developmental Disabilities"-  Parents of a 24-year-old with severe autism are urging lawmakers in the state of Rhode Island to mandate training for police interacting with individuals who have developmental disabilities or mental illnesses. Their son, André Beaudoin, had a confrontation with police last year that led to him being handcuffed and taken to the hospital. According to this article, nationwide data collected from the Treatment Advocacy Center and National Sheriff’s Association estimated that at least half of people shot and killed in the United States by police each year have mental-health problems.

    • Mar 24 2015 02:43 PM
    • by brian
  2. California Universities to Come Together for Au...

    September 22, 2014- "California Universities to Come Together for Autism Research"-  The University of California has recently launched an ambitious 18-month project to connect autism researchers across its ten campuses. Elysa Marco, assistant professor of neurology, pediatrics, and psychiatry says the former system is “kind of like the Galapagos, where we’ve all been on our own little islands.” The project aims to create a unified autism registry that researchers at different campuses can use. Furthermore, over the next 18 months, the initiative’s organizers pledge to increase research grants involving multiple campuses, conduct listening sessions with autism families, and draft a strategic plan to guide their research.

    • Sep 22 2014 02:17 PM
    • by brian
  3. Study Identifies Genetic Change in Autism-Relat...

    August 28, 2014- "Study Identifies Genetic Change in Autism-Related Gene"- A new study has identified a genetic change in a recently identified autism-associated gene, which may provide further insight into the causes of autism. A genetic change in Activity-Dependent Neuroprotective Protein (ADNP) was found in both a girl and boy diagnosed with autism. The ADNP gene plays an important role in regulation of early brain development. According to the lead author of the study, genetic changes in ADNP are highly associated with autism and are found in at least .17 percent of autism cases.

    • Sep 01 2014 09:07 AM
    • by brian
  4. Justice Department Urges Shift Away from Shelte...

    April 8, 2014- "Justice Department Urges Shift Away from Sheltered Workshops"- In a recent settlement, the U.S. Department of Justice says a state has committed to overhaul its system of sheltered workshops and day programs for people with developmental disabilities. The agreement comes after a Justice Department investigation found systemic violations of the ADA in Rhode Island’s approach to transition and employment for individuals with developmental disabilities. An estimated 450,000 individuals with developmental disabilities nationwide currently spend their days in sheltered workshops or other segregated programs, and officials said this agreement sets the bar for every other state in the country.  

    • Apr 09 2014 12:51 PM
    • by brian
  5. Action Alerts: RI Proposes Worst Vaccine Regula...

    March 10, 2014- "Action Alerts: RI Proposes Worst Vaccine Regulation Ever"- This is an article that asks individuals who live Rhode Island to speak out against Michael Fine’s proposal to make all shots on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended schedule mandatory for attending Rhode Island schools. Fine has also proposed new vaccine requirements for employees in pre-schools.

    • Mar 11 2014 09:05 AM
    • by brian
  6. Autism Genes Stunts Neurons, but Growth can be...

    September 12, 2013- "Autism Genes Stunts Neurons, but Growth can be Restored, in Mice"- Brown University researchers have traced a genetic deficiency that causes clear deficits in mice in how well neurons grow the intricate branches that allow them to connect to brain circuits. A mutation in the gene in question, NHE6, is directly related with a rare and severe autism-related condition known as Christianson syndrome, but researchers have also associated the protein with more general autism. The article discusses the methods of the study and how they manipulated the genes of mice to study their neurons.

    • Sep 16 2013 01:09 PM
    • by brian
  7. NIH Grants Brown University $11M for Brain...

    September 4, 2013- "NIH Grants Brown University $11M for Brain Research"-The COBRE Center for Central Nervous System Function at Brown University will encompass five projects, with the dual goals of better explaining the brain and generating potential new ideas for addressing disorders such as autism. The projects will be funded through a NIGMS grant of $11 million over the next five years. The article concludes with brief summaries for each of the five projects.

    • Sep 11 2013 11:04 AM
    • by brian
  8. R.I. Autism Registry to be Created with $1...

    August 16, 2013- "R.I. Autism Registry to be Created with $1.2-Million Grant"- A confidential registry, which will be created due to a $1.2-million grant, will eventually attempt to enroll every Rhode Islander who suffers from the neurological disorder, in the hope of gathering an unparalleled resource for autism researchers. The Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART) and the Simons will register 1,000 Rhode Islanders over three years, with the goal of ultimately registering every member of the spectrum in the state. The article concludes with details about how the RI-CART registry will benefit researchers and individuals on the spectrum.

    • Aug 19 2013 11:32 AM
    • by brian
  9. Dozens of Organizations Come Together to Focus...

    July 18, 2013- "Dozens of Organizations Come Together to Focus on Autism in RI"- The Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART) brings doctors, researchers, and educators together to advance autism research. The goal of the consortium is to boost research, including the creation of an online research registry, and educate policymakers about ASD.

    • Jul 19 2013 09:36 AM
    • by brian
  10. New 'Cry Analyzer' Provides Clues to Ba...

    July 15, 2013- "New 'Cry Analyzer' Provides Clues to Babies Health"- New research indicates that a newly developed “cry analyzer” could decipher what an infant’s cries mean and assess if he or she is at risk for developmental problems. The program picks out differences that are not perceptible to the human ear by evaluating simple audio recordings of an infant’s wails for their frequency components. The new tool is to be utilized by doctors and medical researchers to identify potential signals for risk of autism in early infancy.

    • Jul 16 2013 10:28 AM
    • by brian
  11. Study Finds Age-Related Differences in Autism

    April 3, 2013- "Study Finds Age-Related Differences in Autism"- Recent research has demonstrated that autism disorders affect children’s brains differently than they do in adult’s brains. A meta-analysis allowed lead research Daniel Dickstein to pool large sets of data to compare functional brain images of 535 children with and without autism to a similar set of images of 604 adult brains. The study found that the neural differences associated with autism may chance as individuals age.

    • Apr 04 2013 08:39 AM
    • by brian
  12. Misregulated Genes May Have Big Autism Role

    March 21, 2013- "Misregulated Genes May Have Big Autism Role"- Researchers have discovered that NHE6 and NHE9, two genes that are individually associated with autism, are also jointly linked to more general forms of autism. The finding suggests a new genetic pathway to investigate in general autism research.

    • Mar 22 2013 08:31 AM
    • by brian
  13. Autism Changes With Age, Study Finds

    March 14, 2013- "Autism Changes With Age, Study Finds"- New research suggests that autism affects the brain differently as individuals age. Researchers used fMRI imaging to compare the brains of adults and children on the spectrum. They found significantly more activity occurring in the minds of adults with autism compared to children when the individuals were looking as faces and doing other social tasks, for example.  

    **Original article no longer available by publisher

    • Feb 12 2014 12:34 PM
    • by brian
  14. 11th Annual Walk Supports The Autism Project

    March 3, 2013- "11th Annual Walk Supports The Autism Project"- The Imagine Walk & Family Fun Day for autism is presented by the Autism Project and is tailored to individuals on the autism spectrum. The day features a variety of free activities including bounce houses, pony rides, a reptile show, arts, crafts, and face painting.  

    • Apr 17 2013 10:37 AM
    • by brian
  15. Autism Project’s 11th Annual Conference Focuses...

    October 15, 2012- "Autism Project’s 11th Annual Conference Focuses on Managing Stress"- The 11th Annual National Speaker Conference hosted by The Autism Project will focus on strategies to dealing with the difficult moments experienced by children with autism and also “the hidden curriculum”of what is expected socially and behaviorally that is often challenging for individuals on the autism spectrum.

    • Mar 19 2013 09:14 AM
    • by brian